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Motive Still Unknown In Va. Tech Officer Shooting

Posted: 12/09/2011 - The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.

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Lawyer: Suspect In Rutgers Case To Reject Deal

Posted: 12/09/2011 - His lawyer says the man accused of using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate's intimate encounter with another man will turn down a plea deal.

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Va. Tech locks down after officer, 1 other killed

Updated: 12/08/2011 - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A man killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday at Virginia Tech, sending a shudder through campus as students and faculty were told to stay inside and police searched for the gunman, school officials said.

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Gingrich Surge Unnerves Some Republican Lawmakers

Posted: 12/08/2011 - In interviews this week, more than a dozen Republican members of the House and Senate wouldn't say they are confident that Gingrich has the discipline and stamina to outlast Romney.

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After Crime, Punishment Awaits Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Posted: 12/06/2011 - Rod Blagojevich's days of reckoning arrive Tuesday when a federal judge opens a sentencing hearing for the disgraced former Illinois governor on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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Sandusky Lawyer: Ready To Question Alleged Victims

Posted: 12/06/2011 - The lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says he's prepared to question any alleged victims who testify at the former Penn State football coach's preliminary hearing next week on child sex abuse charges.

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High Court Mulls Suit Over Cheney Event Arrest

Posted: 12/05/2011 - A chance encounter with Vice President Dick Cheney at a shopping center in Colorado allowed Steven Howards to express his disgust with the Iraq war and touch Cheney on the shoulder. It also led to Howards' arrest by Secret Service agents. Five years later, Howards' claim that the agents detained him because of his criticism is the subject of a lawsuit that the Supreme Court could hear. The justices could say Monday whether they'll take the case.

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Cuts To First-Class Mail To Slow Delivery In 2012

Posted: 12/05/2011 - Unprecedented cuts by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service will slow first-class delivery next spring and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

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Calif. Man Who killed 25 Farmworkers Up For Parole

Posted: 12/05/2011 - A California man who once was the nation's worst known serial killer is up for parole, four decades after the mutilated bodies of 25 farmworkers were unearthed in orchards north of Sacramento.

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Ma, Diamond, Streep Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Posted: 12/05/2011 - Meryl Streep received her next film assignment over the weekend from a friend -- to play the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in a future film -- as Streep and four others were saluted with the Kennedy Center Honors.

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