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>No fifth term for Lieberman

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who angered the party by backing Republican John McCain for president in 2008, will retire and not seek a fifth term, Democratic officials said Tuesday.

Lieberman, 68, was defeated the last time he ran for the Democratic Senate nomination in Connecticut, in 2006, but won a new term running as an independent in a three-way race.

Lieberman, as an independent, usually votes with Democrats. Word of Lieberman's decision came just hours after North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat, announced he would retire. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana on Tuesday said he plans to seek a seventh term next year despite a challenge from tea party groups.

Lieberman's seat could pose a pick-up opportunity for Democrats in a state where President Obama has been popular.

Lieberman plans to announce his decision today at an event in Stamford, Conn.

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>Explosive device found on parade route

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An explosive device found inside a backpack along a downtown Martin Luther King Day parade route was a credible threat capable of causing multiple deaths, the FBI said Tuesday.

The device was successfully disposed of by the FBI's explosive unit after the backpack was found on a park bench by a Spokane city employee about an hour before the parade was set to begin.

Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the Spokane FBI office, wouldn't discuss what made the bomb dangerous. But he said the investigation has become a top priority. He said the timing and placement of the device weren't coincidental.

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>Owl attack leaves dog traumatized

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) -- An owl attack has left a 4- pound Chihuahua with a healthy fear of the dark.

The attack happened when Chico was out for a walk with his owner George Kalomiris in this Chicago suburb last week.

Kalomiris said they were walking down the street when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with the 3-year-old dog.

Kalomiris said he kept a firm grip on Chico's leash as the bird dragged the dog across the sidewalk, and he managed to scare the owl away.

Chico was treated for a puncture wound caused by the owl's talons, and his owner said he's still traumatized.

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>Cell phones sought in crash fatal to 4

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police want to examine the cell phones of four Pennsylvania high school football players who were killed in a car crash to see whether they were recording a video to post on YouTube.

South Londonderry Township police Chief Jeffrey Arnold said Tuesday that a statement taken from someone at the scene of Sunday's crash indicated the teens intended to record a video to post on the popular internet website.

But police were later told that no footage was recorded.

Arnold didn't say who gave the statement.

Arnold said he is seeking a search warrant for the victims' phones and possibly those of others at the scene.

Manheim Central High School freshman DeVaughn Lee, sophomores Nicolas Bryson and Cody Hollinger and junior John Griffith had left a team breakfast shortly before the crash.

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