French author Jules Renard said, "The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse." Was Oscar Wilde a free man? He said, "I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement." One could argue that that was not giving an excuse.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's top judge will be out a job after a conflict-of-interest scandal involving an exotic vacation with a coal company boss derailed his bid for another term.
LOS ANGELES - More U.S. homeowners fell behind on mortgage payments last month, driving the number of homes facing foreclosure up 65 percent versus the same month last year and contributing to a deepening slide in home values, a research company said Tuesday.
NEW YORK - A woman accused of booking johns for a high-priced call girl ring pleaded guilty Wednesday in the federal probe that brought down ''Client No. 9,'' former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Faculty members at West Virginia University were set to convene a rare meeting Wednesday to consider demanding for a second time that embattled President Mike Garrison resign over a master's degree scandal involving the governor's daughter.
KHAR, Pakistan - A suspected missile strike late Wednesday in a Pakistan border village destroyed a house and killed about a dozen people, residents and a militant spokesman said.
BEX, Switzerland - A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.
ATLANTA - Permitted gun owners in Georgia will soon be allowed to carry concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol, aboard public transportation and in parks under a new law observers called a significant expansion of gun rights.
WASHINGTON - Army criminal investigators are looking into damage to two military helicopters on a production line at a Boeing Co. plant in suburban Philadelphia, prompting the company to shut down the line.
BAGHDAD - When a group of Iraqi envoys headed to Iran recently, they were fully prepared for some tense moments. But they also hoped to come away with something to show for it: pledges of cooperation on weakening Shiite militias in Iraq.
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WASHINGTON - The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday, saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming.
WASHINGTON - Companies working on Iraq reconstruction have been accused of padding their profits through an insurance scam, leading to a criminal probe and hurried changes in the way many contracts are handled by the U.S. Army, according to internal military documents obtained by The Associated Press.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia Southern grabbed an early lead but Jacksonville scored eight unanswered runs during the middle innings in a 9-4 decision Tuesday night at Sessions Stadium. The Eagles dropped to 31-21 overall while JU moved above .500 at 27-26.
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