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Study: SE Asia Will Be Hit Hard By Climate Change

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Southeast Asia will be hit particularly hard by climate change, causing the region's agriculture-dependent economies to contract by as much as 6.7 percent annually by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday.

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GM to Cut 21,000 US Factory Jobs, Shed Pontiac

Updated: 04/27/2009 - General Motors Corp. said it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half GM's government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid.

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CDC: US Begins Border Monitoring for Swine Flu

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Amid surging worries about a global pandemic, the United States launched border screening for swine flu exposure Monday and a top federal health official said people should brace for more severe cases, "and possibly deaths."

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Swine Flu Fears Close Schools in NY, Texas, Calif.

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Esti Lamonaca's illness started with a high fever, a cough and achy bones, just a couple of days after she returned from a spring break trip on the beach in Cancun with friends. By the weekend, her voice was hoarse and she was wearing a surgical mask.

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World Markets Struck by Swine Flu Fears

Updated: 04/27/2009 - World stock markets fell Monday as investors worried that a possible deadly outbreak of swine flu, which has already killed more than 100 people in Mexico alone, could go global and derail any global economic recovery.

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Oil Falls Below $49 Amid Uncertain Outlook

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Oil prices fell below $49 a barrel Monday as worries about the severe global recession were compounded by fears of the swine flu suspected of killing over 100 people in Mexico.

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Mexico City Locks Itself In as Swine Flu Spreads

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The cardinal said Mass in a shuttered cathedral. Soccer teams played to empty stadiums. A televised variety show filled its seats with cardboard cutouts. Mexico's overcrowded capital locked itself indoors Sunday, terrified by a new strain of swine flu that was spreading around the world.

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United Auto Workers Union Says it Has Reached Concession Deal

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Chrysler LLC cleared another major obstacle to its survival Sunday when it reached a tentative deal on concessions with the United Auto Workers union, helping it move closer to inking a vital alliance with Italy's Fiat Group SpA.

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Mom-to-be Hit by Car While Fleeing Bear is OK

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A pregnant woman who was fleeing a bear when she was struck by a slow-moving car said she would honor the euthanized animal by giving her baby the middle name "Bear."

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Miss Calif. Gets Heroine's Welcome at SD Church

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant by saying gay couples should not be allowed to marry, said Sunday that her state sponsors urged her to apologize afterward but she rejected the advice.

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Fans Fixate on Beyonce as 'Obsessed' Takes in $28M

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Audiences were in the mood for some fatal attraction action at the box office. Beyonce Knowles and Idris Elba's "Obsessed" debuted as the top weekend movie with $28.5 million in ticket sales. The Sony Screen Gems thriller stars Knowles and Elba as a couple whose ideal marriage lands on the rocks after a psychotic temp played by Ali Larter begins stalking the husband.

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Storms Pound Midwest Again, Damaging Buildings

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Strong thunderstorms packing possible tornadoes battered parts of the Midwest on Sunday for a second straight day, damaging at least half a dozen buildings and a campground in Iowa and two Oklahoma homes.

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World Governments Race to Contain Swine Flu Outbreak

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The world's governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health emergency. "It's not a time to panic," the White House said.

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Topeka Motorcyclists Get Blessed

Posted: 05/04/2009 - Topeka First Assembly of God church hosted their annual "Topeka Blessing of the Bikes" this morning. The event was held to raise awareness of motorcycle safety and to bless bikers as riding season rolls around.

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Tornado Hits South-Central Kansas

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A tornado hit south-central Kansas on Sunday evening, damaging a home and leaving two people with minor injuries.

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Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper'

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market — software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

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Republicans push nuclear energy to lower costs

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The U.S. should build 100 more nuclear plants rather than spend "billions in subsidies" for renewable energy if it is truly committed to lowering electric bills and having clean air, the Republicans say.

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Pork industry assures customers pork is safe

Updated: 04/27/2009 - U.S. pork producers on Sunday, responding to a swine flu outbreak that has escalated into a public health emergency, said their product is safe and that consumers cannot catch the virus by eating properly cooked food.

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Security problems uncovered at US bases in Iraq

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A commission investigating waste and fraud in wartime spending has found serious deficiencies in training and equipment for hundreds of Ugandan guards hired to protect U.S. military bases in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.

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Ga. Prof Suspected in Shootings Leaves No Trail

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A college professor suspected in the shooting deaths of his wife and two men outside a community theater hasn't used his cell phone or credit card, leaving few traces as authorities searched for him Sunday.

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