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I'm a Republicrat

As Republicans and Democrats battled for votes across Pennsylvania in the closing weeks of the election campaign, one resident of Upper Burrell Township, near Pittsburgh, watched it all calmly - basically unaffected by the partisanship that he easily could have become part of. Instead, he may be the ultimate bipartisan, at least in terms of the 2004 race for president. That's because of his name: Kerry Bush. Yes, he has been teased by friends and coworkers. But as he told a journalist, "I don't feel at all like a flip-flopper."

What if he tells on us?

In Memphis, Tenn., police caught three burglary suspects who'd made their getaway after looting some expensive electronics from a private home. Alas, the place also had a pet parrot, and the thieves remembered they'd called each other by name, which the bird was repeating. So they went back for it just as the cops arrived.

It's a crime: Mobsters rate high with film fans

Three actors who shared marquee billing in the 1970s mobster movie trilogy, "The Godfather," rank among the greatest Hollywood performers in the estimation of film buffs in Britain. In a survey of 10,000 readers of the British film magazine Empire, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Marlon Brando finished among the 10 greatest living movie stars over age 50 (Brando died in July, before the voting was complete). Welshman Anthony Hopkins is the only Briton to make the top 10. Dame Judi Dench is the highest ranked British actress at No. 20. Empire magazine's greatest living movie stars over 50:

1. Robert De Niro
2. Al Pacino
3. Jack Nicholson
4. Paul Newman
5. Marlon Brando *
6. Anthony Hopkins
7. Morgan Freeman
8. Dustin Hoffman
9. Clint Eastwood
10. Sigourney Weaver
* (died before voting ended)
- Associated Press

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