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Bryant plays for son on Sunday

TAMPA, Fla. – Men have faced much longer kicks in conditions far nastier. But when he lined up for a 24-yard field goal Sunday, no kicker in history felt as much pressure.

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Immigrants get ‘a better test’ for U.S. citizenship

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Quick, fellow citizens, what are the colors of our national flag? OK, what color are its stars? How about this: Name the form immigrants fill out to apply for U.S. citizenship. Anyone? What, you never heard of Form N-400?

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Actor Paul Newman dies at 83

Paul Newman, actor, philanthropist and businessman, died Friday of cancer at age 83, media reports said.

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Lawmakers object to bailout

WASHINGTON — Top government officials urged Congress on Tuesday to give quick approval to the Bush administration’s $700 billion financial-rescue legislation, but key senators warned that political support for the effort to pass the administration’s bill rapidly and without amendments is waning fast.

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Gov’t acts with urgency

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration swung for the fences Friday with an unprecedented bailout of the financial sector that will cost taxpayers “hundreds of billions of dollars.” It jolted markets back to life for the day, but questions remained about whether the bold effort would actually work.

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Plane crash kills 4 passengers, leaves Travis Barker, DJ-AM in ‘critical, but stable conditons’

A private jet carrying six people crashed late Friday night at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina, killing four and injuring performers Travis Barker and his performing partner DJ-AM.

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Poll: McCain, Obama dead even

WASHINGTON — John McCain and Barack Obama head into the fall campaign neck and neck, despite questions in many voters’ minds about whether McCain’s running mate is as qualified as Obama’s, according to a new Ipsos/McClatchy poll.

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Kanye West arrested, ‘The Dark Knight’ released and more

Hip-hop megastar Kanye West, 31, and a companion - described as his road manager (by the Los Angeles Times) or his bodyguard (Associated Press) - were arrested Thursday at L.A. International Airport after they reportedly had a confrontation with a photographer.

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Victims’ families question value of trials

WASHINGTON — This time of year especially, Carole O’Hare gets stuck in a sad reverie at her California home, wondering about the last moments of her mother’s life, alone, aboard the hijacked Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Modern Women

“The Women” is “Sex and the City” without edge. That’s not to say it isn’t the chickier of the two “chick pictures,” with better actors trying their hand at the same sitcom-polished sort of patter.

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What’s going on in Hollywood?

The critically panned thriller “Bangkok Dangerous,” starring Nicholas Cage, needed just $7.8 million to win top spot at the box office last weekend, the slowest movie weekend in five years, according to studio estimates. The total weekend box-office gross was expected to reach $66 million, slightly less than the $66.7 million for the same weekend in September 2003.

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Candidates discuss the economy

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — John McCain and Sarah Palin tried Friday to ride whatever momentum they generated from this week’s Republican convention, beginning their sprint to Election Day by campaigning together in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

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What’s happenin’ with the stars?

LOS ANGELES-Don LaFontaine, who recently parodied himself as “that announcer guy from the movies” in a Geico insurance commercial, has died. He was 68.

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Bush — yet to speak at national convention

T. PAUL, Minn. - Republicans reached out to independent voters Tuesday by featuring Fred Thompson and veteran Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman as prime-time convention speakers, while President Bush was to be given a less prominent role, appearing briefly by satellite from the White House.

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Environmentally friendly decor

Although today’s college students are more environmentally tuned than their parents were at that age, creating an eco-friendly dorm may still be a challenge.

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Beauty on a budget

The slumping economy shows no signs of letting up. Even the most committed “fashionistas” are considering ways to trim spending. That’s OK. You can keep your look, and your money.

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XBox Live goes digital and beyond

Microsoft is co-producing a series of digital short films for distribution over the Xbox Live.

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Madden and NCAA of ’09 — ‘Oh no!’

NCAA Football ’09” and “Madden ’09” were guaranteed blockbusters to sell millions of copies.

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