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Ex-Cleveland Reporter Red-faced Over Parking Move

Posted: 06/03/2009 - CLEVELAND (AP) -- A former TV investigative reporter in Cleveland has found himself on the other end of embarrassing questions after he tried to grab free parking he wasn't entitled to. Tom Merriman is now an attorney with a Cleveland law firm, but acknowledges he put an old press pass on his dashboard recently to use a parking spot reserved for the media across from the courts building downtown.

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NY Store Owner Gives Would-be Thief $40 and Bread

Updated: 06/03/2009 - GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- A rifle-toting convenience store owner said he decided to show mercy on a would-be robber after seeing the man collapse into tears and claim he was only committing the crime to support his starving family.

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US Jazz Rocks Hearts in Algeria

Updated: 06/03/2009 - CONSTANTINE, Algeria (AP) -- Young people climbed up the old marble columns of the hall for a better look at the band. The audience - including girls in headscarves - danced around the gilded balconies to oriental, hip-hop and jazz moves.

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Disney Announces Four-day Fan Expo

Updated: 06/03/2009 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fans can get an early look at "TRON," "Toy Story 3" and Tim Burton's take on "Alice in Wonderland" this fall at Disney's first fan expo.

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Microsoft, Sony Take Aim at Nintendo

Updated: 06/03/2009 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Both Microsoft and Sony debuted prototype motion controllers for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, while the only gadget that gaming leader Nintendo unveiled was a device that Wii users can use to check their pulse.

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GM Slashing Dealerships

Updated: 06/03/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top executives from General Motors and Chrysler are defending their decision to slash dealerships around the country despite many hardships.

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Ships Struggle Through High Seas To Reach Flight 447 Debris

Updated: 06/03/2009 - FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil (AP) -- Military planes and ships located more debris from an Air France jet on Wednesday, but high seas and heavy winds were slowing the recovery effort and delaying the arrival of crucial deep-water submersibles.

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China Blocks Twitter

Updated: 06/03/2009 - BEIJING (AP) -- Foreign journalists were barred from Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Wednesday as an Internet clampdown that blocked Twitter expanded to include more blogs on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

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Government Posts Sensitive List of US Nuclear Sites Online

Updated: 06/03/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States, but U.S. officials said Wednesday the posting included no information that compromised national security.

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Chrysler Sale Stayed Pending Appeals Court Action

Updated: 06/03/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court late Tuesday halted Chrysler's sale of the bulk of its assets to Italy's Fiat pending an appeal by a trio of Indiana state pension and construction funds.

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Today in History - June 3

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Today is Wednesday, June 3, the 154th day of 2009. There are 211 days left in the year.

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Slayings of Mom, Sons Unsettle Rural Ill. County

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Many residents of this largely rural yet fast-growing St. Louis suburb have made up their minds about a former Marine accused of strangling his wife and their two boys in their beds less than a month ago.

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OAS fails to Agree on Cuba Membership

Updated: 06/03/2009 - A debate tinged with Cold War-era rhetoric over Cuba's possible return to the Organization of American States looks set to end with no result Wednesday after the 34-nation group failed to agree on moves that could allow communist island back in.

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7 Tribes Seeking Federal Recognition

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Seven Indian tribes in North Carolina and Virginia are again asking Congress to grant them federal recognition.

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2 Teachers, 8 police Killed in Algerian Ambush

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Al-Qaida-linked militants killed two teachers and eight police escorts as they brought copies of tests back from an examination center near the Algerian capital, a local official and Algerian media said Wednesday.

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15 Afghan Security Guards Killed in Attacks

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Israel does not intend to bomb Iran, Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday, stepping back from suggestions it might attack a foe it says is bent on developing nuclear weapons.

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15 Afghan security guards killed in attacks

Updated: 06/03/2009 - A suicide attack and a roadside bomb killed 15 Afghan security guards, part of a spate of violence that left 35 people around Afghanistan dead, including a British soldier, officials said Wednesday.

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Bin Laden threatens Americans in new tape

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Osama bin Laden threatened Americans in a new audio tape Wednesday, saying President Barack Obama inflamed hatred toward the U.S. by ordering Pakistan to crack down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law there.

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Gov't posts sensitive list of US nuclear sites

Updated: 06/03/2009 - The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States, but U.S. officials said Wednesday the posting included no information that compromised national security.

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