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Ahead Of Carmageddon II, Angelenos Fear Traffic Jams In ... The Sky?

Los Angeles closes down a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 for two days this weekend for demolition work on a bridge. Traffic jams didn't materialize last year during a similar closure. But there's a new concern this year: helicopters swarming overhead to watch the demolition work.
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See You Later Alligator, At My Kid's Party

Bob Barrett of Madeira Beach, Fla..has a new service. He's the owner of a park called Alligator Attractions, and the New York Daily News reports he's offering alligator pool parties for kids. The gators' mouths are taped shut.
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Lesser-Known IPOs Fare Better Than Facebook's

Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Killian, of Renaissance Capita, about some lesser known initial public offerings that are proving more successful than Facebook's IPO. The social networking company's share price has lost almost 50 percent of its value since going public in the spring.
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Amtrak Tests Faster Trains In Northeast Corridor

Amtrak's Acela Express trains are breaking the speed limit along some stretches in the Northeast corridor. The company it testing how its trains and tracks perform at speeds up to 165 mph. Tests are happening along four isolated stretches of track in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusett
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Milwaukee PD Suspect Dies, Feds May Investigate

The U.S. Attorney in Milwaukee says he's considering looking into a possible pattern of civil rights abuses by the Milwaukee Police Department. A video shows an African-American man in police custody pleading for help, and police scolding him. The man later died.
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Court: Army Corps Not Liable For Katrina Floods

A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cannot be held responsible for the catastrophic flooding that took place in some New Orleans neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina. The panel had ruled differently in March. Hundreds of property owners had sued the federal government saying a shipping channel made the flooding worse.
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Economy's Holiday Wish List: Buy Big-Ticket Items

Several large retailers are hiring ten of thousands of people for the upcoming holiday shopping season. But analysts say sales of small-ticket items won't give the economy the jolt that big-ticket items would.

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