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Phelps will be back in competition

Phelps, the most-decorated gold medal winner in Olympic swimming history, will swim in the Charlotte UltraSwim on May 14-17 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

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California Senate stalls on budget, standoff continues

A frustrated California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, unable to persuade just one more Republican to vote on a budget-saving $14 billion tax increase, followed through Tuesday on his threat to send 20,000 layoff notices to state workers.

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One year after tragedy, university still manages to move ‘forward together’

Sherman Yau welcomes the chance to talk about how a suicidal gunman shot him at Northern Illinois University last Valentine’s Day. Sharing the experience, he says, has been essential to his healing.

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Landing top recruits

Alabama dominated its home state again, landing the state’s top seven players, then went out and landed the top prospect in Florida in running back Trent Richardson, a terrific safety in Rod Woodson from Mississippi and three solid offensive linemen from Georgia.

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Phelps’ reputation takes a ‘hit’

Have you seen the full-page newspaper ads for the “Get Motivated” seminar?

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Daschle dropout shakes up U.S. Administration

President Barack Obama scrambled to regain control of his political message Tuesday after a series of tax and vetting scandals forced one of his most important nominees to withdraw and raised questions about the new president’s central campaign pledge to change politics as usual.

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Last-second TD lifts Steelers past Cardinals for sixth title

TAMPA, Fla. – Santonio Holmes hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds to play, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a wild 27-23 victory in Super Bowl XLIII.

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Super Bowl XLIII preview

TAMPA, Fla. – Arguably the best player on the NFL’s best defense is a man who actually pauses and thinks before he talks, so when Troy Polamalu says something in his trademark soft voice, the words resonate importance.

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Movie review: “The Uninvited”

The horror film genre has catered almost exclusively to teenagers for more than a decade now. But “The Uninvited,” an English-language remake of the 2003 Korean smash “Janghwa, Hongryeon,” is the first Hollywood horror flick I’ve seen that seems like it was made specifically for 12-year-olds.

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College costs

Dumb is a good way to describe America’s approach to paying for a college education. A college diploma is treated like any other commodity, priced at whatever the market will bear. And the market, historically, bears a lot.

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Music review: Bruce Springsteen & Franz Ferdinand

“Working on a Dream” is Springsteen’s third album with both O’Brien and the E Street Band since 9/11, and like the previous two “The Rising” and “Magic” it is meticulously arranged and produced, from the elaborate strings on “Kingdom of Days” to the carefully-clipped loop that “Good Eye” is built upon.

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Battle over Prop 8 money ongoing in ’09

California’s attorney general and election watchdogs are fighting back against a federal lawsuit seeking to bar disclosure of late donors to the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Illinois governor arrested

CHICAGO—Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested Tuesday for what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called a “political corruption crime spree” that allegedly included attempts to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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It’s SEC vs. Big XII in National Title Game

The BCS got it right. Oklahoma will meet Florida on Jan. 8 in Miami to conclude the college football season.

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Q&A with John Legend

Things haven't been going too badly for John Legend since he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

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New Music: Brandy

Considering Brandy’s rocky recent past, the sweet serenity and uplifting R&B anthems that fill her new album, “Human,” are nothing short of stunning.

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Grammy Nods

Anytime the Grammys get anything right, it's cause for a minor celebration.

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Conference championships decide national title

More than a few folks projected that Florida would get to this point. Not nearly as many felt the same way about Alabama, which went 7-6 last season and began this one ranked 24th.

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