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Saudi Women to Spurn Lingerie Shops Over Salesmen

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Before her wedding last year, Huda Batterjee went abroad to buy her bridal lingerie — she just couldn't bear the humiliation of discussing her most intimate apparel with a man.

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Sources: Extensive Regulatory Overhaul Planned

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The Obama administration is proposing an extensive overhaul of financial regulations to increase oversight of such exotic instruments as credit default swaps that have been blamed for contributing to the worst financial crisis to hit the country in seven decades.

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Four receive organs from slain California officer

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Organs donated by a slain Oakland, California, police officer saved four lives, and his donated tissue will enhance the lives of up to 50 others, the California Transplant Donor Network said Wednesday.

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Early photograph of New York to be auctioned

Updated: 03/25/2009 - One of the earliest photographs in existence is expected to fetch as much as $70,000 when it is auctioned off later this month at Sotheby's auction house in New York.

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Merengue Star Crespo Accused of Sex Act on Plane

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Merengue star Elvis Crespo is being investigated after a woman said she saw him performing a sex act on an airplane en route from Houston to Miami, according to Miami-Dade County police.

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NY Judge Freezes Assets of Madoff's Brother

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A Nassau County judge on Wednesday temporarily froze the assets of Bernard Madoff's brother after he was accused in a lawsuit of losing nearly a half million dollars in a trust he administered.

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Study: Male Circumcision Helps Prevent 2 STDs

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Circumcision not only protects against HIV in heterosexual men, but it also helps prevent two other sexually transmitted infections, a large new study found. Circumcised males reduced their risk of infection with HPV, or human papillomavirus, by 35 percent and herpes by 28 percent.

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Scientists Find New Species in Papua New Guinea

Updated: 03/25/2009 - A brilliant green tree frog with huge black eyes, jumping spiders and a striped gecko are among more than 50 new animal species scientists have discovered in a remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea.

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2 Small Eruptions Occur at Alaska Volcano

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted at least twice Wednesday as officials from a pipeline company assessed conditions at a nearby oil storage facility to determine whether to remove its contents.

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Astronomers Catch a Shooting Star for 1st Time

Updated: 03/25/2009 - For the first time scientists matched a meteorite found on Earth with a specific asteroid that became a fireball plunging through the sky. It gives them a glimpse into the past when planets formed and an idea how to avoid a future asteroid Armageddon.

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ND Governor: More Blasts Needed to Break Ice Jam

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Demolition crews blasted chunks of ice near a huge ice jam in the Missouri River on Wednesday in a bid to open a channel, like pulling out a giant plug to drain a flood threatening the city. Officials planned two more rounds of explosives.

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Unified Democrats Mirror Obama Budget Priorities

Updated: 03/25/2009 - In a springtime show of unity, congressional Democrats welcomed President Barack Obama to the Capitol Wednesday and unveiled budget blueprints that embrace his key priorities and point the way for major legislation this year on health care, energy and education.

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Pioneering Historian John Hope Franklin Dies at 94

Updated: 03/25/2009 - John Hope Franklin, a towering scholar and pioneer of African-American studies who wrote the seminal text on the black experience in the U.S. and worked on the landmark Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation, died Wednesday. He was 94.

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Abortion Charges

Updated: 03/25/2009 - An attorney whom one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers consulted is expected to resume testifying tomorrow.

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U.S. shares blame for Mexico drug violence, Clinton says

Updated: 03/25/2009 - The United States shares the blame for Mexican drug trafficking and the attendant violence that has killed thousands in the past year alone, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

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Pentagon report: China's military expanding its capabilities

Updated: 03/25/2009 - China's military is developing longer-range ballistic and anti-ship missiles that are "shifting the balance of power in the region" and could help Beijing secure resources or settle territorial disputes, a report released by the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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Fans See Hawks Off to Indianapolis

Updated: 03/25/2009 - Fans gathered at Forbes Field in Topeka to see the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team off to Indiana for the Sweet 16. KU takes on Michigan State Friday.

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