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PM: Iraqis Need Help with Intelligence Gathering

Updated: 05/05/2009 - BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that Iraqi forces are ready to take over their own security as the U.S. begins to withdraw but that the government still needs help gathering intelligence to target insurgents and prevent attacks.

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Pakistan Expects 500,000 to Flee Taliban Fighting

Updated: 05/05/2009 - Black-turbaned militants roamed city streets and seized buildings in a northwestern Pakistan valley Tuesday as thousands of people fled fighting between the Taliban and troops that the government said could lead to an exodus of half a million people.

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KU Changes Alcohol Policies

Updated: 05/05/2009 - The University of Kansas will start telling parents about alcohol and drug violations by students under the age of 21.

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Man gets 4 years for cocaine distribution in Ga.

Updated: 05/05/2009 - ATLANTA (AP) -- A Dominican immigrant who was held hostage and beaten after being lured to suburban Atlanta to settle a drug debt has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his role in distributing cocaine.

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Calif. authorities perplexed by boy's abduction

Updated: 05/05/2009 - SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators trying to find a 3-year-old kidnap victim, snatched from his home by armed robbers who threatened to kill him, have received dozens of tips but no solid leads, officials said Tuesday. The gunmen burst through the family's front door Sunday and tied up 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez, four of his siblings and their mother, Maria Rosalina Millan, then ransacked the house, stealing money and other property, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

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Transition Team Soldier Listed as 'DUSTWUN'

Updated: 05/05/2009 - A Pennsylvania Soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, has been listed as Duty Status “Whereabouts Unknown” following a May 1 incident that killed two 1st Infantry Division Soldiers near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan.

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SC court halts thousands of home foreclosure sales

Updated: 05/05/2009 - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's highest court on Tuesday temporarily stopped thousands of pending foreclosure sales in the state to give homeowners more time to take advantage of a new federal program to help them refinance mortgages.

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Hopes rise for progress on fatherhood problems

Updated: 05/05/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- With a centennial celebration of Father's Day coming next month, and a new president committed to supporting better parenting, liberals and conservatives alike say the political stars may be aligned for major progress in promoting responsible fatherhood.

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Wichita Mayor Signs Aviation Letter to Obama

Updated: 05/05/2009 - Mayors and others have pleaded to President Barack Obama to recognize the importance of general aviation to small towns and local economies across the country.

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Lawrence Sells "Green Burials"

Updated: 05/05/2009 - A city-owned cemetery has sold its first plot to someone who wants a ``green'' burial _ meaning no embalming, biodegradable casket, no concrete grave liners or permanent headstones.

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Gold mine evacuated in Nevada; no one hurt

Updated: 05/05/2009 - ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- Officials in Nevada say dozens of miners have been evacuated from an underground gold mine after an electrical flash of an unknown nature triggered an emergency response.

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Md. woman says boyfriend imprisoned her 2 nights

Updated: 05/05/2009 - HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland man was in jail Tuesday on charges he interrogated his girlfriend about her unemployment checks while holding her captive in a bedroom with the door screwed shut and a five-gallon bucket for a toilet.

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Scientists unveil chocolate-fueled race car

Updated: 05/05/2009 - LONDON (AP) -- Scientists unveiled on Tuesday what they hope will be one of the world's fastest biofuel vehicles, powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers.

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Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian and chef, dies

Updated: 05/05/2009 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dom DeLuise, the portly actor-comedian whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.

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Obama, Biden wait in line to buy hamburgers

Updated: 05/05/2009 - ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- It's like this: When you want a burger, you have to have a burger. In this state of mind, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short - but wholly noticeable - motorcade ride from the White House to Virginia and pulled into a small, independent burger joint called Ray's Hell Burger.

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US seeks Saudi influence on Pakistani leaders

Updated: 05/05/2009 - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the U.S. wants to enlist Saudi Arabia in helping Pakistan stave off extremist threats from militants advancing on Islamabad.

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