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IAEA: Syrian site could have been nuclear reactor

Nuclear Waste Trial

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday that a Syrian site bombed by Israel in 2007 had the characteristics of a nuclear reactor. It also admitted that its investigation into Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program is deadlocked.

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Congo rebels appear to pull back ahead of talks

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Rebels in Congo pulled hundreds of fighters back from several front-line positions as promised on Wednesday in what the U.N. said was a welcome step toward brokering peace in the volatile nation.

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Africa rejoices over Obama, but seeks own answers

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Two weeks after Africans danced for joy to see a black man elected president of the United States, a Kenyan newspaper columnist delivered a crisp warning to this complex and troubled continent: "Obama is not the Great Black Hope."

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Somali pirates transform villages into boomtowns

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Somalia's increasingly brazen pirates are building sprawling stone houses, cruising in luxury cars, marrying beautiful women - even hiring caterers to prepare Western-style food for their hostages.

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Hungry in Zimbabwe: `If you rest, you starve'

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Katy Phiri, who is in her 70s, picks up single corn kernels spilled from trucks that ferry the harvest to market. She says she hasn't eaten for three days.

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Indian navy sinks suspected pirate "mother" ship

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The ship, operating off the coast of Oman in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, was crewed by heavily armed men, some carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Behind it were a pair of speedboats - the sort pirates often use when they launch attacks on merchant ships in these violent seas.

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Prosecutor: Woman plotted hoax that led to suicide

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Missouri woman, her teenage daughter and an employee used an elaborate Internet ruse to terrorize a 13-year-old neighbor girl who later committed suicide, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

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NJ inmates vs. Princeton students: Prison chess

Updated: 11/19/2008 - David Wang is a young man who's clearly going places. The Princeton University sophomore is gifted with a brilliant mind, a movie-star smile and an understated self-confidence.

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Prospect of sewers strikes horror in rustic Malibu

Updated: 11/19/2008 - "Sewer" has always been a dirty word in this celebrity-studded community, which has avoided the sprawl that pervades much of the Southern California coast in part because it has refused to install the plumbing for it.

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Files show Md. police watched variety of activists

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Surveillance of anti-death penalty protesters and other activists by the Maryland State Police was broader and went on longer than previously disclosed, according to files that were turned over by police to dozens of activists who were improperly labeled as terrorists.

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Files show Md. police watched variety of activists

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Surveillance of anti-death penalty protesters and other activists by the Maryland State Police was broader and went on longer than previously disclosed, according to files that were turned over by police to dozens of activists who were improperly labeled as terrorists.

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Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

Updated: 11/19/2008 - California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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Ind. inmates sneak through ceiling to have sex

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Three male and three female inmates at a southern Indiana jail face charges that they devised a way to sneak between cell blocks to help pass their time behind bars by having sex.

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Mammoth task: Scientists map DNA of ancient beast

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Bringing "Jurassic Park" one step closer to reality, scientists have deciphered much of the genetic code of the woolly mammoth, a feat they say could allow them to recreate the shaggy, prehistoric beast in as little as a decade or two.

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Cheney's indictment in south Texas moves forward

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Texas judge has set an arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials accused of involvement in prisoner abuse.

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Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama with racial epithet

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites. The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies.

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Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

Updated: 11/19/2008 - California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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Daschle to take health post, another familiar face

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Barack Obama is enlisting former Senate leader Tom Daschle as his health secretary, embracing a third Washington insider in the early stages of Cabinet-building by the president-elect who promised change. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the capital's most famous woman for two decades, seemed ever more likely to be his secretary of state

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Dow slips below 8,000 on growing fear of deflation

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A growing fear of economic deflation helped take the air out of the stock market Wednesday, and another white-knuckle final hour on Wall Street pushed the Dow Jones industrials under 8,000 to their lowest close since the financial meltdown began.

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Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers - and millions of Americans' jobs - after Senate Democrats canceled a showdown vote that had been expected Thursday.

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Former Sprint Analyst Pleads Guilty

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Leslie Ann Genova pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing inside information to a software consultant that was negotiating a contract with Sprint.

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Kansas Share of Gambling Revenue Less Than Expected

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Kansas economic forecasters say the state's share of casino revenues for the next budget year will be around $24 million. Initial estimates had put it at $200 million a year for the state.

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Former Secretary Suing Sheriff, County

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Jeanne Drake, a former secretary in the Harvey County Sheriff's Department, says she was fired for not supporting the Sheriff's re-election bid. She filed a federal job discrimination lawsuit.

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