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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Rules For Madoff Victims

Infuriated investors who lost massive funds due to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme may receive some of their money back. As Randall Pinkston reports, the IRS has issued new guidelines for fraud victims.

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A Little Irish In Everyone

A N.Y. elementary school's Irish dance troupe is the most popular after-school program with 500 of the school's 540 students trying out for one of 35 highly-coveted spots. Kelly Wallace reports.

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Sex Abuse And Female Soldiers

Katie Couric investigates an alarming trend in the U.S. military, as more and more female soldiers have come forward with tales of sexual abuse at the hands of male soldiers and superior officers.

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AIG's Relationship With Obama

Press secretary Robert Gibbs insisted that President Obama's outrage over AIG's spending was real. But, as Chip Reid reports, his economic team signed off on the controversial bonuses.

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Murtha Earmarks Spark Outrage

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has encountered a barrage of criticism over his earmark spending bills and alleged corruption. As Sharyl Attkisson reports, there have been calls for an ethics investigation.

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Fury Over AIG Bonuses

Seventy-three AIG executives were given bonus checks worth $1 million or more. The company has received nearly $200 billion in tax dollars to stay afloat. Nancy Cordes reports.

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NY Video Legend Says Ciao!

A landmark within New York's rental world, Kim's Video has been forced to close in the U.S. but, as Allen Pizzey reports, over 55,000 video titles have found a new home in a remote region of Sicily.

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Hard Times In Vegas

One of the world s biggest vacation centers, Las Vegas now faces a severe economic downturn. John Blackstone meets several showgirl dancers who are now feeling the fiscal heat of the recession.

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Perks Of Membership Discounts

Over the last few months of economic turmoil, consumers have been quick to look for discounts, although some may be missing out on top bargains from work or memberships. WCBS' Kirsten Cole reports.

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Notebook- School Days

Students who attend school in the U.S. spend far less time in class than kids in countries like China, India and Japan. Katie Couric comments on whether the school week should be extended.

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Nosing Around A Person's Face

Author of "The Wisdom Of Your Face," Jean Haner demonstrates for Maggie Rodriguez and Chris Wragge how to tell a person's personality by their features.

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WH- Obama found out about bonuses Thursday

WH: Obama found out about bonuses Thursday

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Obama to Congress- Don't put lampshades on your head

Obama to Congress: Don't put lampshades on your head

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Gibbs & Takes- Press hammers Gibbs

Gibbs & Takes: Press hammers Gibbs

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AIG outrage!

AIG outrage!

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WH- 'complete confidence' in Geithner

WH: 'complete confidence' in Geithner

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O'Bama Celebrates St. Paddy's Day

O'Bama Celebrates St. Paddy

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Republicans react to budget

Republicans react to budget

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Obama at St. Patrick's Feast

Obama at St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

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Dell Adamo Light As 'Air'

CNET's Natali Del Conte offers Chris Wragge an exclusive look at the Dell Adamo, billed as "World's Thinnest Laptop." The Adamo is the size of a daily newspaper; also, a look at the new iPod Shuffle.

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Spector's heroin example

Spector's heroin example

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St. Patrick's Day Dishes

Katie Lee Joel showed Maggie Rodriguez how to use beer to enrich different types of dishes, even desert.

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Don Imus' Prostate Cancer

Radio host Don Imus announced he is suffering from stage 2 prostate cancer. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel spoke with Chris Wragge about cancer treatment.

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Roselyn Sanchez Does It Early

Maggie Rodriguez spoke with "Without A Trace's" Roselyn Sanchez about her castmates and her Puerto Rican heritage.

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Grassley Defends Suicide Comment

Grassley Defends Suicide Comment

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Obama gets a bowl o' shamrocks

Obama gets a bowl o' shamrocks

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Waity Katie May Become Queen

A French tabloid scooped on a rumored message to royals asking them to keep their Summer open, perhaps indicating marriage plans for Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mark Phillips reports.

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The 'Legal' Steroid Danger

Exclusive: The supplement known as Tren is very similar to anabolic steroids, except it is legal. As Kelly Cobiella reports, the drug is prevalent in high school athletes.

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Obama meets with Irish Taioseach

Obama meets with Irish Taioseach

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Mike Allen on JournoList

Mike Allen on JournoList

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Treasury's AIG Tap Dance

The Treasury Department wants to get AIG to return executive bonuses paid with taxpayer bailout money, reports Bill Plante. Sen. Richard Shelby from the banking committee speaks to Maggie Rodriguez.

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Vehicle Of The Future

The Aptera may be the vehicle of the future. As Daniel Sieberg reports, it is an electric three-wheeled vehicle with a futuristic design.

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Natasha Richardson Accident

Actress Natasha Richardson and wife of Liam Neeson is reportedly in critical condition after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident at a Canadian ski resort. Randall Pinkston reports.

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Madoff May Keep Millions

Lucinda Franks, an expert tracking the Madoff case, tells Chris Wragge little can be done to wrest millions in off-shore money from under the name of Ruth Madoff and other family members.

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Obama- "Shenanigans on Wall St."

Obama: "Shenanigans on Wall St."

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Obama's budget statement

Obama's budget statement

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Morning Show Roundup 3/17/09

Morning Show Roundup 3/17/09

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Obama- "Shenanigans on Wall St."

Obama: "Shenanigans on Wall St."

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Obama's Irish Side

Obama's Irish Side

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Friedman on Fed- "I'd like some of those drugs"

Friedman on Fed: "I'd like some of those drugs"

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POLITICO Playback 3/17/09

POLITICO Playback 3/17/09

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POLITICO Playback 3/17/09

POLITICO Playback 3/17/09

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The Luck O' The Dodd



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Grassley- "Commit Suicide"

Grassley: "Commit Suicide"

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A Persian Wedding Story

Marjan Tehrani, creator of the documentary "Arusi Persian Wedding", discusses the film and the cultural differences between marrying in Iran and marrying in the United States.

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Obama Names Steelers Owner Ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama on Tuesday selected Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney to be U.S. ambassador to Ireland, turning to a lifelong Republican who provided the Democrat critical campaign support during the White House race. (March 17)

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Sights and Sounds- Irish in New York

Organizers say tens of thousands turned out to participate in and watch New York's 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. (March 17)

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First Person- Right-to-die Is My Reason to Live

A disabled suburban Chicago man was going to be the next death in an assisted suicide network. He now says crusading for the right-to-die has become his reason to live. (March 17)

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Family of Chimp Attack Victim Seeking $50 Mil

The family of a woman wounded in a chimpanzee attack wants $50 million from the owner of the primate. (March 17)

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Obama Urges Continued Peace in N. Ireland

As he hosted St. Patrick's day events at the White House, President Barack Obama condemned recent violence in Northern Ireland and praised leaders for not using the attacks to inflame old passions. (March 17)

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Now boarding- please show your finger

It's touted as exclusive advanced technology that will speed up what is still a painfully slow process -- airplane boarding. "Smartboarding", developed by Air France-KLM, will read fingerprints to identify passengers and bring them on board swiftly. The maiden voyage takes off on Tuesday from Paris to Amsterdam.

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Opposition joy at toppling of Madagascar president

Celebrations erupted in Madagascar as a multitude of supporters Tuesday cheered opposition chief Andry Rajoelina to the president's office after the toppling of his bitter rival Marc Ravalomanana.

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Rajoelina takes power in Madagascar

Madagascar's Andry Rajoelina was handed power by the army Tuesday, completing the fiery 34-year-old opposition leader's ouster of Marc Ravalomanana after a deadly months-long crisis.

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Fatal Bus Crash in Mexico Includes Americans

A truck slams into a bus carrying American and Canadian tourists in northern Mexico, killing at least 11 people. (March 17)

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Grassley- AIG Execs Should Commit Suicide

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley suggested on Monday that AIG executives should take a Japanese approach toward accepting responsibility for the collapse of the insurance giant by resigning or killing themselves. (March 17)

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Money Minute- Caterpillar, TARP, Oil

Caterpillar has announced an additional 2,400 job cuts. The AP's Mark Hamrick reports. (March 17)

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Your Money- the Federal Reserve

When it comes to using its available tools to help revive the economy, the Federal Reserve isn't quite tapped out. Greg McBride of Bankrate.com explains E-mail your questions to yourmoney@ap.org (March 17)

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March 17- Wall Street Resumes Rally

Investors restarted Wall Street's rally Tuesday, buying financial and homebuilder stocks following a surprisingly upbeat report on home construction. (March 17)

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New-home Construction Logs Unexpected Gain

The number of new housing projects that builders broke ground on in February rose sharply, defying economists' forecasts for yet another drop in activity. (March 17)

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Anger, Questions in Washington Over AIG Bonuses

The anger and the questions continue to grow over insurance giant's AIG's payment of bonuses despite massive losses and a government bailout. The AP's Mark Smith reports. (March 17)

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Raw Video- Green Fountains at The White House

The White House is going green for St. Patrick's Day. The water in the fountains on the north and south lawns of the White House has been dyed green to mark the national holiday of Ireland. (March 17)

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Will This Face Join the Obama Family?

Portuguese Water Dogs are the frontrunner in the latest race for the White House--puppy of the First Family. The AP's Faryl Ury checks out the breed. (March 17)

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Pope Says Condoms Won't Solve AIDS

Pope Benedict XVI says that condoms are not the answer in Africa's fight against HIV, his first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS patients. (March 17)

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Obama Touts Budget As 'Economic Blueprint'

President Barack Obama is again asking Congress to pass his $3.6 trillion budget, saying it will 'spark the transformation' the country needs to remain economically competitive. (March 17)

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Arrow Strikes Woman on NYC Street

A woman who was hit in the stomach with an arrow on a city street said Monday she at first thought she was hit by a baseball. (March 17)

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Seattle Paper Stops Printing; Staffers React

Staffers at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer spent the final publication day reflecting on their time at the 146-year-old newspaper and giving their thoughts on a struggling industry. (March 17)

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Two Adults, Two Boys Found Dead in Missouri Apt.

Two adults and two preteen brothers were found dead in a suburban Kansas City apartment Monday, and police were treating the deaths as homicides. (March 17)

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Suspect's Attorneys Say Rights Were Violated

Defense attorneys say Little Rock police violated the constitutional rights of Curtis Lavelle Vance when they twice interviewed him in the slaying of an Arkansas TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly. (March 17)

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Raw Video- Endangered Bear Cubs

Two endangered Bornean sun bear cubs have been introduced at the San Diego Zoo. The twin cubs were born at the zoo on Oct. 25 and made their public debut Monday. (March 17)

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Madrid's 'magic box' near completion

Madrid's sports fans are soon to get their "Caja Magica", or magic box, a high-tech sports complex nearing completion with 27 outdoor tennis courts and three retractable-roof arenas. Its first event is the Masters Series in May -- but backers say it will play an even bigger role in the capital's sporting future.

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Raw Video- Discovery Docks With Space Station

We're glad you're here is the way the space station crew greeted the Discovery astronauts today. The space shuttle docked on a mission to deliver the final set of solar panels that will bring the station up to full power. (March 17)

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The Minimalist- Fig-Stuffed Pork Loin

An innovative and simple new way of incorporating pork loin and figs.

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Americas- A Hunt for Rebels in the Jungles of Peru

The conflict of the mountains, with its rising body counts and claims of killings and disappearances of civilians caught in the crossfire, already rouses the ghosts of a brutal two-decade war.

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Science- Coping With- Prostate Cancer

59 year old Mark Spindle is faced with difficult choices after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

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Front- Nyregion- 'Collision' of Dance and Disability

A New York City dance company called Gimp turns a prevailing notion of physical handicaps on its head. Then comes a leap, a pirouette, a lift....

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Jury Could Get Dungeon Dad Case Thursday

An Austrian court spokesman says a jury could return a verdict as early as Thursday in the case against a man accused of locking his daughter in a homemade dungeon for 24 years and fathering her seven children. (March 17)

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Raw Video- Peoria Police Beat Motorist

Two Peoria police officers arrested in connection with the videotaped beating of a motorist have been placed on leave. (March 17)

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Americans Among 11 Dead in Mexico Bus Crash

A drunk truck driver lost control and slammed into a bus carrying Canadians and Americans touring northern Mexican cities, killing 11, officials said Tuesday. (March 17)

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In NATO, France will be 'ally, not vassal' of US- PM

France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon argued before lawmakers on Tuesday that Paris would be the "ally, not the vassal" of the United States when it returns to NATO's military command.

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Arctic countries discuss saving polar bears

The polar bear has few natural predators but a daunting, and deadly, enemy: climate change. The five countries that ring the Arctic -- Canada, Denmark (with Greenland), Norway, Russia and the United States -- are meeting in Norway to discuss how to ensure its survival.

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Pope brings 'message of hope' to Africa

Pope Benedict XVI brought the "Christian message of hope" to Africa on his first visit to the continent as pontiff. En route, the pope reiterated his message for the AIDS-ravaged continent that condoms are not a solution.

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Wild boar bounce back in Britain

Extinct in Britain for the past 300 years, the wild boar is now on its way back. For some, the animals are dangerous and a threat to crops and property -- but others would like to see wild populations allowed to grow and reestablish their rightful place in the British countryside.

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Murdered Afghan president laid to rest

The remains of Afghanistan's assassinated president Mohammad Daud Khan, which were found last year after being missing for 30 years, were reburied Tuesday in a ceremony attended by the current head of state, Hamid Karzai, and the country's elite. The 1978 coup in which Khan and 17 members of his family were killed ignited Afghanistan's civil war, and led to decades of strife.

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Anna Nicole Smith's Psychiatrist Posts $20K Bail

Psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich surrendered Monday to face charges of excessively prescribing drugs to Anna Nicole Smith before the former model's overdose death at 39. (March 16)

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Raw Video- a Musical Wake Up Call for Discovery

The seven astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Discovery get their day started with a song. The crew left Cape Canaveral, Florida for the international space station on Sunday evening. The shuttle is set to dock late Tuesday afternoon. (March 16)

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Movies / Critics' Picks- Critics' Picks- 'The Commitments'

In honor of St. Patrick's day, A.O. Scott reviews Alan Parker's 1991 film about a working-class Dublin soul band.

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Hurdles Facing Reporters Despite Govt. Assurance

President Obama is promising to reinvigorate the Freedom of Information Act by releasing more govt files. But, The AP still wrestles with administrative hurdles and jaw-dropping contradictions trying to use the law. (March 17)

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First Person- From the Office to the Classroom

Plenty of people dream of leaving their jobs to become teachers. Today, more people are actually doing it. That is good news to the Obama administration, which has a plan to dramatically increase the number of teachers. (March 17)

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New Details Surrounding Capsizing of Fla. Boat

Two NFL players may have died just a few hours after their fishing boat capsized in rough seas and possibly before rescuers were even alerted that they and two others were lost off the west coast of Florida. (March 17)

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Army in control of Madagascar presidential compound

Madagascar's presidential offices are in the hands of the army after soldiers stormed the compound late Monday. The move piles pressure on the increasingly isolated president, Marc Ravalomanana, who remains holed up outside the city. Raw footage of soldiers occupying the capital.

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AIDS centre in Ivory Coast thinks global, acts local

Ivory Coast, which has one of Africa's highest HIV/AIDS rates, boasts a clinic cofounded by Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier that manages to combine treatment for local patients with groundbreaking research.

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Amy Winehouse pleads not guilty to assault

Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse arrived tan and smiling at a London court on Tuesday, where she pleaded not guilty to assaulting a woman at a charity ball last year.

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Trial for Austrian Incest Dad Underway

An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive for 24 years refused to even speak to her for years, coming into the squalid cellar only to rape her, often in front of the youngsters, a prosecutor said Monday. (March 16)

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Lynne Cheney Treated for Fainting

Lynne Cheney has been treated and released at a Philadelphia hospital after she was taken there because she fainted. (March 16)

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EU officials hold US talks on Guantanamo inmates

Two top EU officials opened talks here Monday on eventually taking in scores of inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military jail which the US administration aims to close in the coming months. EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot and Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, were meeting with top officials including Attorney General Eric Holder.

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