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World markets mixed on worries about US inflation

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Stock markets were mixed Friday as investors turned cautious amid worries the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest move to combat recession in the world's largest economy will lead to rampant inflation.

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African Union suspends Madagascar

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The African Union on Friday suspended Madagascar from the continental body, saying the replacement of the island nation's president by an army-backed politician constitutes a coup.

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Expedia Shares Drop After Analyst Downgrade

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Expedia Inc. shares dropped on Thursday after a JPMorgan analyst downgraded its stock to a "Neutral" rating from "Overweight," citing an increased pricing wars between the online travel company and its rivals.

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Posh Greenbrier Seeks Bankruptcy, Sale To Marriott

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The historic Greenbrier resort, which has gone from hosting presidents and royalty to posting losses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday and unveiled a plan to sell itself to hotel giant Marriott International Inc. for up to $130 million.

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Stock Move In Narrow Range Before Bernanke Speech

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The Fed gave the market a jolt this week by announcing plans to buy Treasury securities to revive lending and the economy. Wall Street initially jumped on the move but fell Thursday on worries about the dollar and inflation.

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Obama Apologizes For Special Olympics Gaffe

Updated: 03/20/2009 - President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

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Brain Injury Victims Can Seem OK, Symptoms Delayed

Updated: 03/20/2009 - At first, Natasha Richardson said she felt fine after she took a spill on a Canadian ski slope. But that's not unusual for people who suffer traumatic head injuries like the one that killed the actress.

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US Navy: 2 Vessels Collide On Strait of Hormuz

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Two U.S. Navy vessels — a submarine and an amphibious ship — collided during the early morning hours Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet reported.

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World markets mixed on worries about US inflation

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Stock markets were mixed Friday as investors turned cautious amid worries the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest move to combat recession in the world's largest economy will lead to rampant inflation.

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African Union suspends Madagascar

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The African Union on Friday suspended Madagascar from the continental body, saying the replacement of the island nation's president by an army-backed politician constitutes a coup.

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Tens of thousands of Angolans welcome pope

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI urged Angolans on Friday to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.

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US Navy: 2 vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Two U.S. Navy vessels - a submarine and an amphibious ship - collided during the early morning hours Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet reported.

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Sgt. Jose Regalado: `Very proud to be a scout'

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Sgt. Jose Regalado, 23, of El Sereno, Calif., was on his second deployment to Iraq when he was killed by an Iraqi Army soldier on Nov. 12, 2008, 63 days after meeting his daughter for the first time. His wife, Sharri, gave birth to their first child, Jaimie, during the deployment. He carried a sonogram of Jaimie with him on patrol. Later, he also carried Staff Sgt. Chad Caldwell's dogtag after his death.

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AP IMPACT: Back from Iraq, Killer Blue looks ahead

Updated: 03/20/2009 - On his first morning home from Iraq, Lt. Rusty Morris woke at dawn, next to his wife, their son tucked between them. Loyal, who was just a baby when Morris deployed 15 months earlier, touched his father's face and ears as he drifted in and out of sleep.

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US military says Iraqi girl killed in US shooting

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The U.S. military says a 12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle speeding toward them and Iraqi police near the northern city of Mosul.

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US: No surprise Iran using drone craft over Iraq

Updated: 03/20/2009 - An Iranian unmanned aircraft shot down by the U.S. military over Iraq was operating illegally and unsafely, but its presence should not come as a shock, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

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Iraq: Key figures since the war began

Updated: 03/20/2009 - LITARY AND PRIVATE CONTRACTOR INVOLVEMENT U.S. TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ -March 31, 2003: 90,000. -Current troop level, on March 13, 2009: 138,000. -Month with highest level of troops in Iraq: October 2007, at 166,000. COALITION TROOP LEVELS

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Iraq better but future shaky

Updated: 03/20/2009 - invaded Iraq, the end of America's costly mission is in sight, but the future of this tortured country is much less clear. With violence down sharply, most Iraqis feel more secure than at nearly any time since the war began March 20, 2003 - March 19 in the United States.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,259

Updated: 03/20/2009 - As of Thursday, March 19, 2009, at least 4,259 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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AP IMPACT: Many Iraqis held by US to go free

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants are being freed by this summer because there is little or no evidence against them.

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Western Kentucky provides 1st big upset of NCAAs

Updated: 03/20/2009 - An upset? Western Kentucky looked and acted like it was business as usual. Yes, these Hilltoppers are no one-year wonders. The party crashers of last year's NCAA tournament did it again late Thursday night. Scoffing at another No. 12 seeding, Western Kentucky booted fifth-seeded Illinois 76-72 behind 17 points from Steffphon Pettigrew and the workmanlike confidence of a major power.

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Obama apologizes for Special Olympics gaffe

Updated: 03/20/2009 - President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

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Pope takes African pilgrimage to Angola

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI urged Angolans on Friday to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.

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