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Economy Paves Way For Engineered Crops

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Zeng Yawen's outdoor laboratory in the terraced hills of southern China is a trove of genetic potential — rice that thrives in unusually cool temperatures, high altitudes or in dry soil; rice rich in calcium, vitamins or iron.

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Obama to name 4 more Cabinet posts

Updated: 11/30/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama plans to announce longtime advisers and political foes alike as his picks for top administration jobs at a Monday news conference, nominating one-time political nemesis Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

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51 Protestors Injured in Bangkok

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites Sunday, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis in decades, which has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports.

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China pledges to fight AIDS discrimination

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Chinese health authorities and the U.N. AIDS agency pledged to fight discrimination against people with the disease in China with the unveiling Sunday of a massive red ribbon, the symbol of AIDS awareness, at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

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India terror begins with corpses on train platform

Updated: 11/30/2008 - 9:21 p.m. Wednesday, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus -- Two young men walk casually through Mumbai's main railway station, a worn Victorian hulk bustling with late commuters heading home, scurrying past small food stands and juice bars and vendors selling newspapers.

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"Four Christmases" Tops Box Office

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Thanksgiving weekend movie crowds gobbled up the Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn holiday comedy "Four Christmases," which debuted at No. 1 with $31.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Calm returns to Nigerian city after deadly clashes

Updated: 11/30/2008 - After two days of mob violence, an uneasy calm returned Sunday to this central Nigerian town. Women with plastic buckets ventured out in search of water and many of the dead were buried.

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51 protesters wounded in Bangkok explosions

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites Sunday, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis in decades, which has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports.

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Wash. biologist hazes swans away from deadly lead

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Years of collecting dead carcasses and examining lead-poisoned livers have convinced Mike Smith of this: to save Pacific Coast trumpeter swans, he has to haze them.

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Ukraine First Lady Tours Hospital

Updated: 11/30/2008 - The first lady of Ukraine says she wants to develop cooperation between hospitals in her country and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Group seeks Pickens' wife's help to save rangeland

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Conservationists are looking to the wife of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to help push for federal reforms that they say will help thousands of wild horses and save rangeland in the West.

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Decades Later, Fire Scars Remain

Updated: 11/30/2008 - The disaster threw the city into mourning and brought messages of condolence from around the world, including from Pope John XXIII and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

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NZ won't quickly rescue hurt whalers, protesters

Updated: 11/30/2008 - New Zealand will not be able to quickly rescue anyone who gets lost or hurt if clashes erupt between animal rights activists and Japanese whalers off the north Antarctic coast, the foreign minister said Saturday.

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150 whales die in stranding in Australia

Updated: 11/30/2008 - A group of 150 whales that became stranded on a remote coastline in southern Australia were battered to death on rocks before rescuers could save them.

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Deer Die Jumping Into Roadway

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Police in Indiana say five deer that wandered onto a highway overpass have jumped to their deaths on Interstate 69, one of them crashing through a tractor-trailer's windshield.

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Wizard of Oz Festival Cancelled

Updated: 11/30/2008 - An annual Wizard of Oz festival that once attracted 75,000 fans of the classic film to see the actors who played Munchkins has been cancelled, its organizers announced Friday.

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High School Survey Shows Cheating, Stealing

Updated: 11/30/2008 - In the past year, 30 percent of U.S. high school students have stolen from a store and 64 percent have cheated on a test, according to a new, large-scale survey suggesting that Americans are too apathetic about ethical standards.

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Late Students Can Get Transit Notes

Updated: 11/30/2008 - People late for school or work because of New York City subway delays can get notes from the transit agency to give to their teachers or bosses.

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Is Gay the New Black?

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Gay is the new black, say the protest signs and magazine covers, casting the gay marriage battle as the last frontier of equal rights for all.

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Obama To Name Ambassador, AG Monday

Updated: 11/30/2008 - A Democratic official says President-elect Barack Obama plans to name his picks for U.N. ambassador, attorney general and homeland security secretary at a news conference Monday.

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Police: Militant Group Behind Terror Attacks

Updated: 11/30/2008 - The only gunman captured by police after a string of attacks on Mumbai told authorities he belonged to the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, a senior police officer said Sunday.

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Shuttle Landing Re-Routed

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Dangerously high wind and a stormy sky prevented space shuttle Endeavour from returning to its home base in Florida on Sunday, and NASA ordered the astronauts to take a detour and land in sunny California.

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Man Grateful For Pardon

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Twelve years after pleading guilty to federal charges in the deaths of three bald eagles, Leslie Collier learned his name was cleared: He was pardoned by President George W. Bush.

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