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Monkey Business: Zoo A Step Ahead Of Pranksters

Updated: 04/01/2009 - If you get a message to call a "Mr. Don Key" on Wednesday, the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is one step ahead of you. The zoo, in an effort to stop the numerous prank calls it typically gets on April Fools' Day, has set up four hotlines for pranksters looking to dupe others.

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Pakistan: Suspected US Missile Kills 12 Militants

Updated: 04/01/2009 - A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles Wednesday at an alleged hide-out connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack Washington, killing 12 people and wounding several others, officials said.

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EU Drops Fines Threat against MasterCard

Updated: 04/01/2009 - European Union regulators said Wednesday they would drop a threat to fine MasterCard after the company promised to temporarily cut fees it charges for cross-border card purchases which can hike costs for shops.

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North Korea Threatens To Shoot Down Spy Planes

Updated: 04/01/2009 - North Korea accused the United States of spying on the site of an impending rocket launch and threatened Wednesday to shoot down any U.S. planes that intrude into its airspace.

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Wall Street set to Begin 2nd Quarter with a Drop

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Wall Street is preparing to start the second quarter with a decline. Investors proceeded with caution Wednesday, sending stock futures lower ahead of Thursday's Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers from around the world.

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Pistachio Warning Could Signal Food Safety Shift

Updated: 04/01/2009 - It could take weeks before health officials know exactly which pistachio products may be tainted with salmonella, but they've already issued a sweeping warning to avoid eating the nuts or foods containing them.

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Obama tries to Rally World to Cope with Downturn

Updated: 04/01/2009 - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to rally the world's top and emerging powers to help cope with a global economic downturn, saying, "We can only meet this challenge together."

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Reclusive Woman's Death Sobers Small SC Community

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Mary Sue Merchant died of natural causes in a tightly locked house on 25 acres in this small community, with only a dog for company. Now her small town is reflecting on why no one noticed for 18 months.

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Mom: Wife Of NC Rampage Suspect 'Devastated'

Updated: 04/01/2009 - A nurse's assistant is devastated over allegations that her estranged husband shot seven patients and a fellow employee while she hid in a bathroom at the nursing home where she works, her mother said.

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Trial Begins for Marine in Iraq Killings Case

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A court-martial began Tuesday for a Marine accused of killing an unarmed captive in Iraq in a case officials knew nothing about until the defendant sought a Secret Service job and was asked about the most serious crime he had ever committed.

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Pressure Mounts on North Korea Ahead of Rocket Launch

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Leaders of South Korea and Britain urged North Korea to forgo its planned rocket launch as international pressure mounted on the communist regime just days before the impending launch.

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British Hand Off to US in Oil-rich Southern Iraq

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Britain turned over coalition command of the oil-rich south to the United States on Tuesday in the first step toward withdrawing virtually all British troops from Iraq by July.

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US, Iranian Diplomats Break the Ice at Conference

Updated: 03/31/2009 - In a cautious first step toward unlocking 30 years of tense relations, senior U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke had a brief but cordial meeting with Iran's deputy foreign minister Tuesday at an international conference on Afghanistan.

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Israel's Netanyahu Vows to Seek Peace with Arabs

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Benjamin Netanyahu, taking office as Israel's new leader Tuesday, promised to seek "full peace" with the Arab and Muslim world, but refused to utter the words the world was waiting to hear: "Palestinian state."

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Sources: FBI Probing Mo. Pay-for-Play Allegations

Updated: 03/31/2009 - The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about allegations that legislative leaders demanded campaign contributions in exchange for prestigious committee posts, legislative sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Desperate world leaders meet on economic woes

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Desperate but divided on ways to lift their nations from economic misery, world leaders converged for an emergency summit Tuesday holding scant hopes of finding a magic-bullet solution for the crisis that brought them hurrying to London.

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Study Cites Plavix-Aspirin Stroke Benefit

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Taking the blood thinner Plavix along with aspirin helped prevent strokes and heart attacks in people with a common heartbeat abnormality that puts them at high risk of these problems, doctors reported Tuesday.

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Council Members Bid Farewell to Seats

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Brett Blackburn didn't offer a farewell speech, but Lana Kennedy announced she and her husband are moving away from Topeka at the end of the month. Local state champs recognized before the regular session begins.

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Cult Mom Pleads Guilty To Starving Son, 1

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A former religious cult member pleaded guilty Monday to starving her 1-year-old son to death after making an unusual deal with prosecutors: If the child is resurrected, her plea will be withdrawn.

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