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Mexican Tenor Villazon Needs Larynx Surgery

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Rolando Villazon's concert organizer in Germany says the Mexican tenor needs surgery to remove a cyst on his larynx and has canceled two performances in the country.

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Lane Garrison is Released from Calif. Prison

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Lane Garrison has been paroled. A California prisons spokesman says the former "Prison Break" actor was paroled and picked up from a facility in Tehachapi (tuh-HATCH-uh-pee), Calif., early Wednesday morning.

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Obama, Biden Welcome Specter to Democratic Party

Posted: 04/29/2009 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed Arlen Specter's conversion to the Democratic Party, while Specter vowed that he'll be an asset as Obama tries to get his ambitious agenda through Congress.

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ESA Satellite Images Show Ice Shelf Breaking Away

Updated: 04/29/2009 - New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from an ice shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said Wednesday.

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Pope Sorry for Abuse at Native Canadian Schools

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday he was sorry for the abuse and "deplorable conduct" of some church members at Canadian schools that aboriginals were forced to attend.

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Fed Takes Fresh Stock of Economy

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Taking fresh stock of economic and financial conditions, Federal Reserve policymakers are considering whether they need to take additional measures to ease the recession.

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Taliban Kidnap Dozens of Pakistani Security Forces

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Pakistani airstrikes killed dozens of Taliban fighters in a fierce struggle to drive them from a district near the capital, while the militants took over police stations and kidnapped more than 50 security forces, the army said.

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Now 95, Big Brother Treasures Late-life Friendship

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Chester Ross, 65, a textiles and fashion entrepreneur, had long since raised his two daughters and had three grandchildren of his own. David Loughran, a timid 7-year-old longing for someone to play ball with, was an only child being raised by his divorced mother.

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Economy Shrinks at 6.1 Percent Pace in 1Q

Updated: 04/29/2009 - The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

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First US Swine Flu Death

Updated: 04/29/2009 - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that wider school closings in the U.S. may be necessary in an escalating global health emergency that claimed the first death in the United States and swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations. Obama said local schools across America should consider temporarily shutting down if conditions worsen.

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Economy Shrinks at Worse-than-expected Pace

Updated: 04/29/2009 - The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

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Stocks Move Higher after 2 Days of Losses

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Investors aren't letting a bad gross domestic product reading get to them. Stocks surged Wednesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 100 points, even after the government said the economy as measured by the GDP contracted at at an annual rate of 6.1% during the first three months of the year.

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Wicks, Hough Booted From 'Dancing With the Stars'

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Chuck Wicks is leaving the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom. The country singer and his professional dance partner (and real-life girlfriend) Julianne Hough were eliminated from the ABC dance-off Tuesday.

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Egypt Orders Slaughter of All Pigs Over Swine Flu

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu even though no cases have been reported here yet, the Health Ministry said.

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First U.S. Swine Flu Death Reported

Updated: 04/29/2009 - A 23-month-old Texas toddler became the first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico as authorities around the world struggled to contain a growing global health menace that has also swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations. Officials say the death was in Houston.

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Leavenworth Man Drowns

Updated: 04/29/2009 - A Leavenworth man has drowned while attempting to clean storm debris from a spill drain in a pond.

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At Least 5 Hospitalized in US with Swine Flu

Updated: 04/28/2009 - The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the U.S. rose to 66 Tuesday. At least five of those victims are hospitalized. Health officials say they fully expect to see deaths from the infection. Kansas has 2 confirmed cases.

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GM Will Force 1,000 Dealers to Close

Updated: 04/28/2009 - The struggling auto giant plans to shutter more than 2,600 dealerships by next year as the Saturn, Hummer brands are eliminated.

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