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The jury heard closing arguments in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R) of Alaska in Washington on Tuesday. Prosecutors argued that it's "nonsense" to believe that one of Congress's most senior lawmakers didn't know acceptance of various gifts and loans was in violation of disclosure rules.

Instead of campaigning, Barack Obama will spend Thursday and Friday in Hawaii visiting his ailing grandmother, a spokesman for the Democratic presidential candidate said Monday. Obama has a close relationship with Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans who use mobile e-mail devices have sent and received messages on them while driving a moving car, according to a survey released Tuesday by Neverfail Inc., a Texas software company. The finding assumes added relevance following last month's fatal railroad crash in Los Angeles, which involved a text-messaging engineer.

The White House hosted a summit on international aid Tuesday in Washington, which brought together about 500 representatives of countries that receive aid and are considered especially vulnerable during the current global economic crisis.

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