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Obama's Team Banks on His 'Regular Guy' Appeal

Updated: 10/29/2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's team is emphasizing his "regular guy" appeal and hoping that Americans who are frustrated by the weak economy will remember that likeability factor when they vote next year.

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Webcams Go Live at Statue of Liberty

Posted: 10/28/2011 - Webcams have been switched on at the Statue of Liberty during a ceremony marking the monument's 125th anniversary.

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Texas Board Suggests Review of Arson Convictions

Posted: 10/28/2011 - A Texas state commission no longer allowed to investigate a case where death penalty opponents say a man may have been executed based on a faulty arson claim is recommending that all cases of prisoners locked up on arson convictions be reviewed.

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Virginia Tea Party Says City Favors Occupy Protesters

Posted: 10/27/2011 - A Virginia tea party group is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city of Richmond, claiming it was unfairly charged for rallies while Occupy protesters have used the same space for several weeks for free.

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Perry Wants Flat Tax With Some Popular Deductions

Posted: 10/25/2011 - GRAY COURT, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is proposing a sweeping economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security, a lower corporate tax rate and reforms aimed at keeping Medicare solvent.

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Penalty Phase Begins in Conn. Home Invasion Trial

Posted: 10/25/2011 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Prosecutors pursuing the death penalty for a Connecticut man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion have quickly rested their case after focusing on his previous criminal record.

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Lawmaker Faults Ed Dept on Direct Student Loans

Posted: 10/25/2011 - WASHINGTON - A House Republican who chairs a panel that oversees education says the federal government has failed to adequately protect college students' personal information since it began directly issuing student loans.

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Ohio City Welcoming Immigrants

Updated: 10/24/2011 - While some states and cities have passed laws targeting illegal immigrants, at least one Ohio city is hoping to use immigration to revitalize itself during a tough economy.

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Perry Beefs Up National Campaign Staff

Posted: 10/24/2011 - WASHINGTON - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is beefing up his campaign staff with veterans of presidential elections and is ready to start running ads in Iowa.

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Romney formally becomes candidate in NH

Posted: 10/24/2011 - CONCORD, N.H. - Mitt Romney has made it official in New Hampshire. He's a candidate in the state's Republican presidential primary.

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Crime Cameras to be Up Before Halloween

Posted: 10/23/2011 - Police plan to install 17 crime cameras on Austin's East Sixth Street in time for the city's Halloween celebration, which brings thousands of people downtown.

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Coach Charged with Human Trafficking

Posted: 10/21/2011 - An assistant basketball coach at a suburban Dallas high school is facing a human trafficking charge for allegedly forcing a student-athlete from Mexico who was living with him to work against his will.

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Tariffs Canceled Before Start of NAFTA Program

Posted: 10/21/2011 - Mexico has canceled tariffs it imposed on American goods in a 2009 dispute over the United States' refusal to allow Mexican trucks to make deliveries deep inside the U.S.

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Dominion Says Nuclear Reactors Ready to Restart

Posted: 10/21/2011 - ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Dominion Virginia Power official says two nuclear reactors shut since an Aug. 23 Virginia earthquake did not suffer functional damage and are ready to restart.

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Airlines Try to Hike Fares

Posted: 10/20/2011 - Holiday travelers may want to lock in airfares while they still can. At least two U.S. airlines are raising prices for the first time since late summer and others may follow.

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A&M Research Shows Humans in North America Earlier Than Expected

Updated: 10/20/2011 - COLLEGE STATION, Oct. 20, 2011 — The tip of a bone point fragment found embedded in a mastodon rib from an archaeological site in Washington state shows that hunters were present in North America at least 800 years before Clovis, confirming that the first inhabitants arrived earlier to North America than previously thought, says a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University archaeologist.

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Judge: Texas Court Break-In may Have Been Prank

Posted: 10/19/2011 - Officials say five foreign nationals arrested after a break-in at a county courthouse in San Antonio aren't believed to be dangerous and are cooperating with investigators.

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AP Fact Check: Las Vegas GOP Presidential Debate

Updated: 10/19/2011 - Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan ignited plenty of sparks in the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, as did testy exchanges between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. In those instances and more, the facts took a bit of a beating.

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Ohio Sheriff: Only 3 Wild Animals Still Loose

Posted: 10/19/2011 - An Ohio sheriff says a mountain lion, grizzly bear and monkey are the only animals still running loose after escaping from an exotic-animal preserve.

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