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Lincoln assassination bullet on display

Washington -- The bullet used to kill U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is on display in Washington as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, a museum official says.

The Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal reported Sunday the bullet used by John Wilkes Booth in Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, is part of a display at Washington's National Museum of Health & Medicine.

The exhibit titled "Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War" is taking place at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus site in honor of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in Kentucky.

Court orders end to furloughs in California

New York, January 1 -- In what is being termed as a blow to Schwarzenegger administration’s effort to deal with fiscal crisis, an Alameda Superior Court judge has ordered the administration to end furloughing thousands of state workers.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama most admired: Gallup poll

New York, December 31 -- Americans have proved that they most respected the political figures in the year 2009. According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, the woman the Americans most admired was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Barack Obama topped the list among men.

Obamas voted most desirable neighbors

New York-- A U.S. poll suggests President Barack Obama and his family are the most desirable neighbors in the country, but not by much.

The Harris poll of 2,000 adults, conducted online for Web site Zillow.com, found 14 percent of respondents picked the Obamas as the people they most want living next door, while Sarah Palin tied for second place with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi at 12 percent, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 17 percent of those polled picked "Octomom" Nadya Suleman as their least desirable neighbor, while reality TV divorcees Jon and Kate Gosselin got 16 percent of the vote. Palin also appeared on the least-desirable list with 11 percent of the vote.

Obama's order to make govt documents transparent

New York, December 30 -- In a move towards greater transparency, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday that will make public the government documents that were once secret.

Poll: Post-recession Canadians optimistic

Toronto -- While 65 percent of Canadians polled said the recession affected them, 73 percent were optimistic 2010 would be better, a survey published Tuesday showed.

The Ipsos Reid poll of 1,038 adults conducted Dec. 9-10 for the Canwest News Service and Global TV found 14 percent of respondents had lost their jobs in 2009 and the same percentage reported someone in their family lost a job.

On the matter of personal finances, 67 percent expressed varying degrees of optimism that their own finances would improve.

China executes a Brit for smuggling drugs

Beijing, December 29 -- China on Monday executed a British national Akmal Shaikh, 53, for drug trafficking.

Reid slips casting his historic vote

Washington -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he was lost in the moment Thursday when he briefly voted "no" for the healthcare bill he led through the U.S, Senate.

The exhausted Nevada Democrat changed his vote to "yes" in less than a second but the flub caused senators, both Democrat and Republican, to burst into laughter, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"I spent a very restless night last night trying to figure out how I could show some bipartisanship and I think I was able to accomplish that for a few minutes," Reid told reporters at a news conference following the 60-39 vote.

He later said he was just distracted, the newspaper reported.

U.S father wins custody battle for son in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro, December 24 -- A bitter five-year long custody battle of a father for his son ended today as the 9-year old boy was handed back to his father by his Brazilian relatives in Rio De Janeiro.

Death penalties on a decline in US: DPIC

New York, December 18 -- In what can been seen as a drift away from capital punishment, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has reported lowest death penalties awarded in 2009 in the nation compared to 1976 when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment.