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Salvadoran leftist president promises moderation

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A charismatic former TV journalist promised to build strong ties with President Barack Obama and promote investor confidence Monday as he took El Salvador into uncharted territory by being elected its first leftist president.

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Khatami pulls out of Iran's presidential race

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Iran's most prominent reformist, former President Mohammed Khatami, pulled out of the race against the country's hard-line president Monday, saying he didn't want to split the pro-reform vote in upcoming elections.

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Netanyahu Steps Closer To Israeli PM Post

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party has signed a coalition agreement with an ultranationalist faction that brings its leader significantly closer to becoming foreign minister, a Likud party spokeswoman said Monday.

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Anna Nicole's Psychiatrist Surrenders

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Los Angeles police say psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevichhas surrendered to face charges of excessively prescribing drugs to Anna Nicole Smith before the former model's overdose death in 2007.

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N. Korea Reopens Border To Some

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Three days after shutting its southern border, North Korea partially reopened the crossing Monday to let South Koreans stranded in a northern industrial zone head home.

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Bomber Kills 11 In Afghan Police Station

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated explosives he was carrying inside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 29 others, the Interior Ministry said.

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Venezuela: Russian Bombers OK, But No Base

Updated: 03/16/2009 - President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Russian bombers would be welcome in Venezuela but the socialist leader denied that his country would offer Moscow its territory for a military base.

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"Witch Mountain" Races To Box Office Win

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain" finished No. 1 at the weekend box office, bypassing expectations with $25 million in ticket sales.

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Possible Therapy Takes Bite Out of Peanut Allergy

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A handful of children once severely allergic to peanuts now can munch them without worry. Scientists retrained their bodies to tolerate peanuts by feeding them tiny amounts of the very food that endangered them.

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Hearst Hopes Web-Only Seattle P-I Will Turn Profit

Updated: 03/16/2009 - When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer transforms into an Internet-only operation Wednesday, it will try to do something it failed to accomplish for years as a traditional newspaper: make money.

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Ex-Pa. senator convicted of 137 corruption counts

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted Monday of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and helped pay for his lavish lifestyle.

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Fewer Teens sniffing Inhalants to get High

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Fewer teens are sniffing glue, lighter fluid, spray paint, shoe polish and other easy-to-find substances, a government study said Monday.

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Walking, Talking Female Robot to Hit Japan Catwalk

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.

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After Dora Uproar, Nick and Mattel Soothe Moms

Updated: 03/16/2009 - When toy maker Mattel, working with Nickelodeon, announced earlier this month that a "tween" version of Nick's beloved "Dora the Explorer" cartoon character would be unveiled in the fall, the response was overwhelming ... overwhelmingly negative.

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US Military Shot Down Iranian Drone Last Month

Updated: 03/16/2009 - U.S. jets shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft last month over Iraqi territory about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday. A U.S. statement said the Ababil 3 was tracked for about 70 minutes before U.S. jets shot it down "well-inside Iraqi airspace" and that the aircraft's presence over Iraq "was not an accident."

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Sudan's President: Foreign Aid Groups Must Leave

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Sudan's president said Monday he wants all international aid groups out of the country within a year, insisting they can drop off supplies "at airports or seaports" and let Sudanese organizations take care of it.

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Liberal Media Watchdog Begins Anti-CNBC Drive

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Some critics are seizing on comedian Jon Stewart's attacks of CNBC to launch an online petition drive urging the network to be tougher on Wall Street leaders.

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More Evidence Links Diabetes to Alzheimer's Risk

Updated: 03/16/2009 - You've heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.

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Monitoring of rare whales near NY harbor ends

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Monitoring for endangered right whales off New York harbor is ending because the project has lost funding in the state's current budget crunch.

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Cheap Booze? British Tradition Under Threat

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Two-for-one specials. Alcopops to make booze tasty to teens. Supermarket prices that reward buying in bulk. And pubs on every street corner, making it easy to start your day with a liquid lunch.

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Austrian Admits Incest, Pleads Innocent to Murder

Updated: 03/16/2009 - An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive in a squalid cellar for 24 years refused to even speak to her for years, coming only to rape her, often in front of the youngsters, a prosecutor said Monday.

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Dozens of soldiers seize a palace in Madagascar

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Soldiers broke into an unoccupied presidential palace Monday and took it over in a symbolic show of force after Madagascar's opposition leader called on the army to arrest the president.

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