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Cyclist Armstrong Emotional in 2nd Part of Interview With Winfrey

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Shamed U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong says his 13-year-old son trusted him, never asking about doping allegations. Armstrong said in the second installment of his interview with television host Oprah Winfrey that he knew he had to tell his son the truth when he saw his son, Luke, defending him, telling others “what you’re saying about […]

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Civil Rights Pioneer James Hood Dies at 70

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the first black students to defy racial segregation at a university in the American south a half century ago has died. Officials at a funeral home in Gadsden, Alabama said James Hood died Thursday of natural causes. He was 70. Hood made history in 1963 when he and fellow student Vivian Malone were […]

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Faces 21-Count Corruption Indictment

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana on 21 counts of corruption, including charges he accepted payoffs from contractors while the city struggled with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The indictment — announced Friday by the Justice Department — accuses C. Ray Nagin of conspiring to […]

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US House Republicans Call For Short Debt Limit Increase

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for a big enough increase in the country’s borrowing limit so the nation can pay its bills until mid-April. House Republican leaders said Friday the chamber would vote next week on a plan to boost the debt ceiling. The United States has already reached its current […]

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US Sundance Festival Showcases International Film, Documentaries

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The annual Sundance Film Festival has opened in Park City, Utah, bringing 119 films from 32 different countries to a snow-covered ski town, in what has become known as Hollywood’s winter vacation. This 35-year-old festival was started by actor and director Robert Redford as a way to help independent filmmakers promote their work. Now, it […]

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Cyclist Armstrong Admits on Television to Illegal Doping

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retired star U.S. Cyclist Lance Armstrong has appeared on American television to admit using performance-enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France victories from 1999 through 2005. The 41-year-old cancer survivor, who has repeatedly denied doping accusations, told interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he could not have won the seven titles without the banned […]

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‘Dear Abby’ Advice Columnist Dies at 94

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Long-time American newspaper columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, who for decades wrote the syndicated advice column “Dear Abby,” has died. She was 94. Phillips’ publicist said she died Wednesday in Minnesota after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips’ column — seen by millions of readers — competed for decades with another widely circulated advice column, […]

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Olympic Bronze

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Disgraced U.S. cycling star Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his only Olympic medal. Officials with the International Olympic Committee sent Armstrong a letter late Wednesday asking him to the return the bronze medal he won in the road time trial during the 2000 Sydney games. The move comes as American television personality Oprah Winfrey […]

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Scene of 2012 Massacre to Reopen

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A movie theater in Colorado where 12 people were killed in a shooting spree nearly six months ago is reopening to the public. The owners of the 16-theater complex in the town of Aurora will host a private ceremony Thursday for victims and their families, along with police and emergency medical personnel. The theater, which […]

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New York City School Bus Drivers on Strike

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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School bus drivers in the largest U.S. public school system, New York City, are on strike for a second day Thursday, leaving more than 150,000 students looking for alternative transportation to get to class. Eight thousand unionized bus drivers walked off the job on Wednesday, taking to the picket lines to dramatize their demand for […]

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