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  • Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections
    Pakistanis headed to the polls on Monday for much-anticipated parliamentary elections that were delayed after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in December. But fears of violence may have kept some from voting.
  • Kosovo Faces Challenges After Declaring Freedom
    Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Sunday, a decade after a bloody separatist war. Thousands of people celebrated in the streets. However, Serbia immediately declared the new state illegal, as did Russia.
  • Hollywood Magic Can Overcome Even a Star's Death
    The death of Heath Ledger has sparked questions about what a studio can do if an actor dies before a movie is complete. Producer Tom Pollock says an actor's voice can be replaced — as was done for a deleted scene in Spartacus that was restored after Laurence Olivier's death.
  • Detective John Munch, Always on the Case
    If this TV cop looks familiar, that's no surprise. All told, Detective Munch (played by Richard Belzer) has appeared in more than 300 individual episodes of eight different television programs.
  • McGovern's Grandson Seeks Office in Milwaukee
    Voters in Milwaukee will decide Tuesday whether the grandson of former Sen. George McGovern will become an alderman. Sam McGovern-Rowen, 32, is running in Milwaukee's 3rd District. Seven other Democrats also are running.
  • Beef Recall Follows Animal-Abuse Scandal
    The Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef produced by a Southern California meat processor on Sunday. Some beef was destined for school lunch programs and low-income families.
  • Kennedy Artifacts Found in Dallas Courthouse
    Artifacts related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been discovered in a safe in the Dallas County courthouse. However, the most fascinating — and controversial — document found is unlikely to be what it appears to be.
  • Uncovered Photos Offer View of Lincoln Ceremony
    The Library of Congress has discovered previously unseen photos of President Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration. They had been housed at the library for years, hidden by an error in labeling. The photos show the crowd that gathered for the speech.
  • Britain to Nationalize Struggling Mortgage Lender
    The British government announced on Sunday that it will nationalize the struggling mortgage lender Northern Rock. The British government rejected two takeover proposals for the lender, which ran into trouble last year following the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States.
  • Wal-Mart Picks Blu-Ray Over HD DVD
    Blu-ray scored a big win in the DVD format battle with Wal-Mart's decision to phase out high-definition DVDs. The news came after Best Buy and the online DVD rental service Netflix also decided to carry Blu-ray over rival HD.

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