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Family: Nigeria sect leader's father-in-law killed

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The father-in-law of an Islamist sect leader who set off violence that left hundreds of people dead in northern Nigeria was shot and killed and buried in a mass grave, a relative said.

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Washington Post apologizes for Clinton joke

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Two Washington Post journalists are apologizing and their satirical online video series has been canceled following criticism of a joke they told about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Pregnant Briton Jailed In Laos Flown Home

Posted: 08/06/2009 - A pregnant Briton sentenced to life imprisonment in Laos for trafficking heroin flew home Thursday to serve the remainder of her sentence, just weeks before she was due to give birth.

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34 feared dead after bus falls into Pakistan river

Posted: 08/06/2009 - A bus veered off a narrow mountain road and plunged into a river in northern Pakistan on Thursday, leaving about 34 people, including 26 soldiers, missing and presumed dead, authorities said.

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Mortgage rates dip this week

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped this week after economic reports came in better than expected, Freddie Mac said Thursday.

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Indians owner discusses financial state of Tribe

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan projects the team will lose $16 million this season and says the recent trades of Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and All-Star catcher Victor Martinez were necessary long-term moves.

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Senate poised to make history with Sotomayor vote

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio said he'd break with his party to support Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor Thursday, as the Senate pressed toward a history-making vote to confirm her as the first Hispanic justice over the grave objections of most GOP senators.

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Clarification: Brazil-Custody Battle story

Posted: 08/06/2009 - SAO PAULO (AP) -- In a July 30 story about a boy at the center of an international custody case, The Associated Press referred to the boy as Brazilian. The boy holds both Brazilian and U.S. citizenship. © 2009 The Associated Press

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Indians owner discusses financial state of Tribe

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan projects the team will lose $16 million this season and says the recent trades of Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and All-Star catcher Victor Martinez were necessary long-term moves.

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Ferry sinks off Tonga; dozens missing, feared dead

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Giving women and children the comfort of cabins while men stayed on deck may have doomed them to be trapped inside an overnight ferry that capsized in heavy seas off Tonga, officials said Thursday. Dozens are missing and feared dead.

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Northern Yemen rebels seize strategic highway post

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Shiite Muslim rebels in northern Yemen have seized a key control post on a strategic highway linking the capital San'a with Saudi Arabia, overcoming an army brigade after 12 hours of intense combat, local officials and the rebels said Thursday.

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Feds to begin immigration detention makeover

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Immigration officials are immediately ending the housing of families at a former prison in central Texas as a first step in transforming immigration detentions from a criminal to a civil system.

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Russia's Putin strips for stardom, again

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Vladimir Putin drew scrutiny reserved for Hollywood action heroes this week, as Kremlin images of him fishing, swimming, rowing and riding bare-chested on a Siberian mountain were snapped up by media all over the world.

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New jobless claims drop more than expected

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, the government said Thursday, a sign that the job market is making gradual improvement.

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Lansing Man Sentenced To 'Hard 50'

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Matthew Astorga, 32, was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court in the Dec. 26, 2008, shooting death of 50-year-old Ruben Rodriguez during a fight outside Rodgriquez's home.

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Police seek more from driver's kin in NY crash

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Investigators are suggesting they may learn much more from relatives of a driver who was drunk on vodka and high on marijuana when she killed herself and seven others in a wrong-way crash on a suburban parkway.

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Judge Sets Hearing On BofA-SEC Settlement

Posted: 08/06/2009 - A judge has ordered a hearing on a $33 million proposed settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bank of America Corp. over executive bonuses.

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ITF appeals doping ruling that cleared Gasquet

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The International Tennis Federation has appealed a doping ruling that essentially cleared tennis player Richard Gasquet, who was said to have inadvertently taken cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub.

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Rays frustrate Red Sox again, sweep Boston

Posted: 08/06/2009 - A year after showing they can hold off the Red Sox and Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays are trying to prove they can come from behind in a pennant race, too. The AL champions finished a two-game sweep of Boston with a 6-4 victory Wednesday night, bolstering their confidence that they can get back to the playoffs - and sending the Red Sox into a key series against the Yankees on a down note.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Falls From Stage In SD

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Steven Tyler of Aerosmith suffered head, neck and shoulder injuries in a tumble from the stage at a South Dakota concert and joked about the fall as he was loaded into the helicopter to be taken to a hospital, a concert spokesman said Thursday.

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