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Finally, A Resting Place For Michael Jackson

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Calif. Wildfires Threaten Thousands Of Homes

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Jack Zahora Reports On The Resurgence of Layaway

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Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, exits a conference room at party headquarters in Tokyo, Aug. 31, 2009. After its landslide election win, the DPJ has begun talks on forming a new government and faces the daunting challenge of reviving the country's struggling economy. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Social Security Struggles With Disability Backlog

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