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Iraqi Kurds want US help to avoid war with Arabs

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The closest U.S. allies in Iraq - the Kurds - feel abandoned by Washington these days and say war with the Arab-dominated central government is likely without American pressure to resolve disputes that predate even the era of Saddam Hussein.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,245

Posted: 02/17/2009 - As of Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at least 4,245 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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Iraqi women get posts, but want power and respect

Posted: 02/17/2009 - But her accomplishments mattered little to some when she campaigned before last month's elections. She said many Iraqis told her they were not willing to accept a woman in such a public role.

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US Army Sergeant will testify in Iraq slay trial

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A U.S. Army sergeant will testify against a fellow patrol member accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners who were bound, blindfolded, shot in the head and dumped in a Baghdad canal, a military judge ruled Tuesday.

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Pilot Experience Eyed In Flight 3407 Probe

Posted: 02/17/2009 - As investigators continue to gather clues into the deadly crash of Flight 3407, some experts say pilot experience may have been a factor.

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Iraqi oil minister: new OPEC cutbacks possible

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Iraq's oil minister said Tuesday that OPEC is "of course" weighing fresh output cuts to prop up prices, and, also underscored his government's expectation that contractors start work quickly or risk losing lucrative oil deals.

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Homeowners' rallying cry: Produce the note

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Kathy Lovelace lost her job and was about to lose her house, too. But then she made a seemingly simple request of the bank: Show me the original mortgage paperwork.

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Australia Wildfire Death Toll Reaches 200

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The confirmed death toll from Australia's deadly wildfires reached the grim milestone of 200 Tuesday, and a police official said some bodies reduced to ash in the inferno would never be identified.

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Woman uses wedgie to capture suspected thief

Posted: 02/17/2009 - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.

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Woman Uses Wedgie To Capture Suspected Thief

Posted: 02/17/2009 - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.

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Police: Ohio man held woman captive, read Bible

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A man held a woman captive in handcuffs and an adult diaper for three days while he read Bible passages to her, police said. Troy Brisport, 34, was charged with kidnapping and felonious assault. Bail was set Tuesday at $400,000.

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Backward green comet makes one-time only visit

Posted: 02/17/2009 - An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system. The comet is called Lulin, and there's a chance it can be seen with the naked eye - far from city lights, astronomers say. But you'll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

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Burris acknowledges trying to raise money for gov.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate. According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters in Peoria Monday night that he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser after being called by the ex-governor's brother.

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Teen Girl Found Dead In Army Barracks

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks of Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday.

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California to begin layoff proceedings today

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers gathered again Tuesday in another bid to end the state's multibillion-dollar budget stalemate, as the state was poised to start laying off as many as 20,000 government workers.

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US, North Korea trade barbs as Clinton visits Asia

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talked tough on her first overseas trip as America's top diplomat, delivering a sharp warning to North Korea on Tuesday over its threat to conduct a missile test.

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