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Iraq: No extension of US pullback date from cities

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Iraq will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas despite concerns about a resurgence of violence in recent weeks, a spokesman said Monday.

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Spokesman: WHO may raise alert to highest level

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A World Health Organization spokesman says the agency may raise its pandemic level to its highest alert, signifying a swine flu pandemic. WHO uses a six-level scale to assess the world's risk.

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Gates seeking to reassure Gulf on outreach to Iran

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is on a delicate mission, seeking to reassure long-term U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region that efforts by Washington to reach out to Iran will not come at their expense.

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Leading US health expert urging cautious approach

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A leading U.S. health expert said Monday that while "there are encouraging signs" of a leveling off in the severity of the swine flu threat, it's still too early to declare the problem under control.

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Dr Pepper Artifact may Reveal Soft Drink's Origin

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Poking through antiques stores while traveling through the Texas Panhandle, Bill Waters stumbled across a tattered old ledger book filled with formulas..and it could be the secret formula for Dr. Pepper.

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Oil Hovers at $53 as Traders Eye Possible Recovery

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Oil prices hovered around $53 a barrel Monday as investors awaited the results of the U.S. government's stress tests into its leading financial institutions and key U.S. unemployment data later in the week.

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Madonna Adoption Case Heard Amid Paternity Dispute

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Malawi's highest court began deliberating on Madonna's bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl from the southern African country, as a dispute erupted over whether a man trying to stop the proceedings is the girl's father.

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Sprint Nextel Reports Larger 1Q Loss

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation's third-largest wireless service provider, on Monday reported a larger first-quarter loss on declining revenue and a charge for job cuts announced in January.

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Obama to crack down on business taxes

Updated: 05/04/2009 - President Barack Obama plans changes to tax policy certain to be unpopular with corporations with international divisions and individuals who use tax havens.

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Tiller Questions Linger for Ex-Kan. Gov.

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius built a national reputation as a centrist Democrat who could attract moderate Republicans' support in GOP-leaning Kansas. But she appeared unable to leave behind one piece of her long-past career as a left-of-center state legislator.

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More H1-N1 Presumptively Confirmed in Kansas

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Kansas officials say they have two more ``presumptively confirmed'' cases of swine flu in the state. If verified by federal labs, it would raise the number of Kansas cases to four, with one probable case in Johnson County still awaiting further testing.

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Open Garage Doors Resulting in Burglaries

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Topeka Police are reporting multiple burglaries to homes over the past few days. In two instances, burglars entered homes through open garage doors.

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How Thermal-Imaging Cameras Can Spot Flu Fevers

Updated: 05/03/2009 - To screen passengers for swine flu and other contagious diseases, some airports use thermal imaging cameras to see whether travelers have fevers, without having to stick thermometers in their mouths. So how do the cameras work?

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Old Japanese Maps on Google Earth Unveil Secrets

Updated: 05/03/2009 - When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash. The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site, and a historical map of Tokyo put up in 2006 hadn't caused any problems.

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Outhouses Cushion Small Plane Crash in Wash State

Updated: 05/03/2009 - A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed wound up on a cushioning bunch of portable toilets - and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt.

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Review: 2 Tenors for 1 Wagner Role in DC Opera

Updated: 05/03/2009 - It's one of an opera company's worst nightmares: The star tenor loses his voice before opening night, and there's no understudy to take his place on stage.

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Author Sees A-Rod as Insecure, Needing to Please

Updated: 05/03/2009 - Journalist Selena Roberts makes the case that Alex Rodriguez likely used steroids in high school and may have taken HGH while with the Yankees in her new biography of the MVP, a portrait of a deeply insecure man trying to cope with being abandoned by his father and obsessed with becoming a superstar.

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Aviation Industry in Kansas is Suffering

Updated: 05/03/2009 - The aviation manufacturing industry in Kansas has been hit by the recession. But so far, employment in the industry hasn't fallen to the levels it reached after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Analysis: Tiller Questions Linger For Ex-Kan. Gov.

Updated: 05/03/2009 - Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius built a national reputation as a centrist Democrat who could attract moderate Republicans' support in GOP-leaning Kansas.

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