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Obama tries to Rally World to Cope with Downturn

Updated: 04/01/2009 - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to rally the world's top and emerging powers to help cope with a global economic downturn, saying, "We can only meet this challenge together."

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Reclusive Woman's Death Sobers Small SC Community

Updated: 04/01/2009 - Mary Sue Merchant died of natural causes in a tightly locked house on 25 acres in this small community, with only a dog for company. Now her small town is reflecting on why no one noticed for 18 months.

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Mom: Wife Of NC Rampage Suspect 'Devastated'

Updated: 04/01/2009 - A nurse's assistant is devastated over allegations that her estranged husband shot seven patients and a fellow employee while she hid in a bathroom at the nursing home where she works, her mother said.

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Trial Begins for Marine in Iraq Killings Case

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A court-martial began Tuesday for a Marine accused of killing an unarmed captive in Iraq in a case officials knew nothing about until the defendant sought a Secret Service job and was asked about the most serious crime he had ever committed.

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Pressure Mounts on North Korea Ahead of Rocket Launch

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Leaders of South Korea and Britain urged North Korea to forgo its planned rocket launch as international pressure mounted on the communist regime just days before the impending launch.

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British Hand Off to US in Oil-rich Southern Iraq

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Britain turned over coalition command of the oil-rich south to the United States on Tuesday in the first step toward withdrawing virtually all British troops from Iraq by July.

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US, Iranian Diplomats Break the Ice at Conference

Updated: 03/31/2009 - In a cautious first step toward unlocking 30 years of tense relations, senior U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke had a brief but cordial meeting with Iran's deputy foreign minister Tuesday at an international conference on Afghanistan.

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Israel's Netanyahu Vows to Seek Peace with Arabs

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Benjamin Netanyahu, taking office as Israel's new leader Tuesday, promised to seek "full peace" with the Arab and Muslim world, but refused to utter the words the world was waiting to hear: "Palestinian state."

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Sources: FBI Probing Mo. Pay-for-Play Allegations

Updated: 03/31/2009 - The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about allegations that legislative leaders demanded campaign contributions in exchange for prestigious committee posts, legislative sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Desperate world leaders meet on economic woes

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Desperate but divided on ways to lift their nations from economic misery, world leaders converged for an emergency summit Tuesday holding scant hopes of finding a magic-bullet solution for the crisis that brought them hurrying to London.

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Study Cites Plavix-Aspirin Stroke Benefit

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Taking the blood thinner Plavix along with aspirin helped prevent strokes and heart attacks in people with a common heartbeat abnormality that puts them at high risk of these problems, doctors reported Tuesday.

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Council Members Bid Farewell to Seats

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Brett Blackburn didn't offer a farewell speech, but Lana Kennedy announced she and her husband are moving away from Topeka at the end of the month. Local state champs recognized before the regular session begins.

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Cult Mom Pleads Guilty To Starving Son, 1

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A former religious cult member pleaded guilty Monday to starving her 1-year-old son to death after making an unusual deal with prosecutors: If the child is resurrected, her plea will be withdrawn.

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N.Y. House Race Too Close To Call

Updated: 03/31/2009 - After a short and intense campaign, the New York congressional race that focused on President Barack Obama's popularity and his economic policy was still too close to call about an hour after polls closed Tuesday night.

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Blizzard Batters Flood Ravaged Fargo

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Strengthening wind blew heavy, wet snow around the city Tuesday, adding to the strain on residents' spirits and on the patchwork system of sandbag levees protecting them from the bloated Red River.

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Sebelius' Tax Issues

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Changes in tax returns are the story drawing interest as Governor Sebelius' confirmation hearings begin in Washington.

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Politician's X-Rated Expenses Rile Brits

Updated: 03/31/2009 - When Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was revealed to have billed taxpayers for two "adult movies" it set off a huge storm of public anger and calls for her scalp.

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GM CEO: Bankruptcy Looks "More Probable"

Updated: 03/31/2009 - General Motors Corp.'s new chief executive said Tuesday that more of the automaker's plants could close and bankruptcy is "more probable" as GM works to meet new, tougher requirements for government aid.

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Tallgrass Gets Ready for a Big Move

Updated: 03/31/2009 - Tallgrass Immediate Care and Family Medicine says it has outgrown its facility at 6th and Corporate View, so it's building a new facility a block away.

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Chimp Attack Victim Able To Speak

Updated: 03/31/2009 - A Connecticut woman nearly killed by a chimpanzee is speaking, asking for her daughter and even responding to fairly complicated commands, her brothers said Tuesday.

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