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Iowa Issues Marriage Licenses To Gays

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Same-sex couples in Iowa began applying for marriage licenses on Monday after a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay unions took effect.

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Muslim Calligrapher Writes Luke's Gospel For Pope

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Muslim calligrapher Yasser Abu Saymeh has dedicated the past two months to Christian art, writing the Gospel of Luke in ornate Arabic script to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI when the Roman Catholic leader visits the Holy Land next month.

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Peace in Peril, But Pakistan Says Don't 'Panic'

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban Monday, and the country's president sought additional foreign aid to assure its nuclear arms remain in "safe hands."

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Swine Flu Hotline Established at Fort Riley

Updated: 04/27/2009 - In response to the public health emergency declaration on the swine influenza A virus, Irwin Army Community Hospital has increased surveillance for flu-like symptoms and set up a hotline (785) 240-4FLU (4358).

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Sri Lanka to Stop Airstrikes, Shelling of Rebels

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Sri Lanka agreed to stop firing heavy weapons into the northern war zone to safeguard thousands of civilians trapped there, but resisted growing pressure Monday for a cease-fire in its war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Father: US Journalist Jailed in Iran 'Very Weak'

Updated: 04/27/2009 - An American journalist jailed in Iran for allegedly spying for the U.S. is vowing to remain on a hunger strike until she is freed even though she is "very weak," her father said Monday.

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Q&A: Pink Talks About Tour, Reconciling With Ex

Updated: 04/27/2009 - When Pink came up with the circus-themed theatrics for her "Funhouse" tour, she didn't think she'd be sharing her big-top theme with another pop singer.

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Fox Sticking With Schedule Instead of Obama

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Fox became the first broadcast network to turn down a request by President Barack Obama for time, opting to show its drama "Lie to Me" on Wednesday instead of the president's prime-time news conference.

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Director Praises Grieving Neeson's Professionalism

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The director of an upcoming Liam Neeson movie said Monday that Neeson showed remarkable professionalism in returning to work so soon after the death of wife Natasha Richardson.

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Europeans Urged To Avoid U.S., Mexico

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The top EU health official urged Europeans on Monday to postpone nonessential travel to parts of the United States and Mexico because of the swine flu virus, and Spanish health officials confirmed the first case outside North America.

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5 Charged In $70M "Dream" Mortgage Scam

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Five people were charged with fraud Monday in what prosecutors say was a mortgage scheme that defrauded over 1,000 people of more than $70 million.

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Prison Health Care Cuts Limited

Updated: 04/27/2009 - With nearly every state agency seeing millions of dollars slashed from programs to meet budget shortfalls, cuts in Kansas inmate health care are next to nothing.

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Evacuations, Tornadoes in South-Central Kansas

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Flooding has prompted evacuations in south-central Kansas in the wake of a violent weather system that dumped up to eight inches of rain in the area.

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Prince Charles discusses environment with pope

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI and Prince Charles discussed their mutual concern for the environment as the heir to the British throne brought his campaign to fight climate change to the Vatican on Monday.

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Soldier Subdued by Stun Gun Shoots 2 Deputies

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Two deputies from a troubled sheriff's office in Florida had no warning a confrontation with a National Guard soldier accused of beating his wife would turn deadly, the sheriff said.

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4 Horses Die in 4 Days in Steeplechase Racing

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Four horses had to be euthanized in four days from injuries suffered in steeplechase races in Victoria state, renewing calls for the races to be banned.

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