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Tax deadline brings out thousands of protesters

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation Wednesday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party.

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French nab 11 pirates as threats mount on US ships

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A pirate gang that staged an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews. French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

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Obama: Get the dread out of tax deadline day

Updated: 04/15/2009 - President Barack Obama declared on tax-filing day that he aims to take the dread out of deadline day. Obama said at a White House event Wednesday that he's working toward "a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream."

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French nab 11 pirates as threats mount on US ships

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A pirate gang that launched an abortive attack on a second U.S. ship loaded with food aid said Wednesday they were singling out American vessels and would kill their crews, while French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid.

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Change of Command at Fort Riley

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A new general takes command of the Army's 1st Infantry Division on the grounds of Fort Riley's Cavalry Parade Field.

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Kansans Protest Stimulus Package

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of Kansans are staging ``TEA Party'' rallies around the state protesting the federal economic stimulus package and other ways the government handles money.

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Texas Elementary School Gets Noise Citation

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A fed-up Texas homeowner has gotten a noise citation issued against his neighbor - an elementary school. Police in suburban Universal City say they had to issue the citation after Butch Armstrong complained about the noise coming from Olympia Elementary School during the school's Family Fitness Day on March 20.

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Austria Sends Woman to Jail for Threatening Caruso

Updated: 04/15/2009 - An Austrian court has convicted a woman of threatening "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso and sentenced her to seven months in jail in a secure psychiatric unit, officials said Wednesday.

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American Apparel Slams Woody Allen's Sex Life

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A clothing company known for its racy ads is fighting a $10 million lawsuit brought by Woody Allen, arguing that it can't have damaged his reputation by using his image because the film director has already ruined it himself.

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Iran Willing to Build New Relationship With US

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Iran's president said Wednesday he is willing to build a new relationship with the United States, adding that he is preparing new proposals aimed at breaking the impasse with the West over his country's nuclear program.

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Drought Threatens `Garden of Eden' Marshes in Iraq

Updated: 04/15/2009 - A severe drought is threatening Iraq's southern marshes - the traditional site of the biblical Garden of Eden - just as the region was recovering from Saddam Hussein's draining of its lakes and swamps to punish a political rebellion.

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Egypt to Search 3 Sites for Cleopatra's Tomb

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Archaeologists next week will begin excavating three sites in Egypt near the Mediterranean Sea that may contain the tombs of doomed lovers, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.

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French Forces Detain 11 Pirates off Kenya

Updated: 04/15/2009 - The French Defense Ministry says it detained 11 pirates during a French assault on a pirate "mother ship" and thwarted a pirate attack on a Liberian-registered vessel.

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Stone-throwing Afghan Crowd Swarms Women's Protest

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Hundreds of Afghans swarmed a demonstration of more than 100 women protesting Wednesday against a new marriage law they say restricts wives' rights. The women were pelted with small stones as police struggled to keep the two groups apart.

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Obama To Speak On Making Changes To Tax Code

Updated: 04/15/2009 - On the day of the deadline for Americans to file their tax returns, President Barack Obama will talk about restoring fairness to the tax code and providing tax relief to working families.

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More Layoffs Coming For Hawker Beechcraft Workers

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Hawker Beechcraft Corp. workers have received letters warning that more layoffs are coming at the Wichita-based plane-maker as the company decreases production levels.

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UBS Ssees $1.75B Q1 Loss, to Cut 8,700 Jobs

Updated: 04/15/2009 - UBS AG, Switzerland's largest bank, said Wednesday it expects a first quarter loss of nearly 2 billion Swiss francs ($1.75 billion) and that it will cut 8,700 jobs worldwide by the end of next year.

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US Food Aid Ship Escapes Somali Pirate Attack

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Somali pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at an American freighter loaded with food aid but the ship managed to escape the attack and was heading Wednesday to Kenya under U.S. Navy escort, officials said.

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World Stocks Mostly Down as Intel Omits Guidance

Updated: 04/15/2009 - World stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Intel Corp., the world's biggest chipmaker, failed to provide an earnings forecast even though it posted stronger than anticipated first quarter profit.

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Italy Earthquake Reconstruction Will Cost Billions

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Italy's interior minister has estimated that at least euro12 billion (about $16 billion) will be needed to reconstruct the area ravaged by an earthquake more than a week ago.

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Oil Prices Rise Above $50 Despite Demand Concerns

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Oil prices rose above $50 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as investors shrugged off an unexpected drop in U.S. retail sales last month that suggested crude demand could remain weak amid a severe recession.

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NY Gov. Paterson To Reintroduce Gay Marriage Bill

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Gov. David Paterson is making another push to legalize gay marriage in New York, tapping into the momentum of other states that have recently allowed same-sex couples to wed, but the measure will face stiff opposition in the Legislature.

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