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Armed Killings Cost Nations Billions Of Dollars

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The United States leads the world in economic loss from deaths caused by armed crime, according to a global survey released Friday. The U.S. registered an estimated loss of up to $45.1 billion in terms of economic productivity because of violent crimes, said the report by the U.N. Development Program and the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey.

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Hawaii Attack Survivor Tells Tale of Finicky Shark

Posted: 09/12/2008 - A surfer who put his fingers into the mouth of a shark to pry himself free during an attack believes the fish took no further interest in him because it didn't like the taste of his leg.

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Kanye West Arrested in Airport Dustup With Paps

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Kanye West's notoriously fickle temper boiled over Thursday, resulting in his arrest for apparently helping smash a paparazzo's camera on the floor at Los Angeles International Airport.

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FDA Hires 1,300 New Doctors and Scientists

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has hired more than 1,300 professional staffers in a move that officials hope will help the beleaguered agency better protect the public health amid rapid technological and scientific change.

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As Ike Nears, Chain Asks for Limit on Gas Buys

Posted: 09/12/2008 - A North Carolina-based convenience store chain is asking customers in 11 states — mostly across the Southeast — to limit gasoline purchases to 10 gallons as Hurricane Ike shuts down some refineries on the Gulf coast.

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Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop in August

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Sales at the nation's retailers unexpectedly dropped in August as frugal shoppers cut back, further proof the economy is losing traction.

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Drugs Affect More Drinking Water

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Testing prompted by an Associated Press story that revealed trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies has shown that more Americans are affected by the problem than previously thought - at least 46 million.

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Houston Decides to Stare Down Ike Instead of Leave

Posted: 09/12/2008 - As a gigantic Hurricane Ike steamed through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Texas coast, officials in America's fourth-largest city made a bold decision: Instead of fleeing, most residents here would stare down the storm.

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FDA: Infant Formula From China Tainted by Chemical

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Tainted infant formula from China may be on sale at ethnic groceries in this country, even though it is not approved for importation, federal officials warned on Thursday.

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Wholesale Prices Plunge 0.9% in August

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Government data show wholesale inflation plunged in August by the largest amount in nearly two years, reflecting a steep drop in gasoline and other energy products.

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Paparazzi Get Duped by Look-Alike Spears at LAX

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Cameras flashing and films rolling, a crowd of paparazzi surrounded a police escort, trying to get the perfect shot of Britney Spears' little sister as she left the Los Angeles International Airport.

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US Stocks Head for Moderately Lower Open

Posted: 09/12/2008 - U.S. stocks headed for a moderately lower open Friday a day after a run-up and as investors awaited word on Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s race to sell itself.

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Report: Kim Well Enough To Brush His Teeth

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Officials believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has recovered enough from a stroke to brush his own teeth but that sporadic spasms forced him to skip his country's 60th anniversary celebrations, reports said Friday.

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Iraqi Women Take Aim At Expanded Police Roles

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The widow was nervous the first time she shot a loaded Kalashnikov rifle at the dusty Iraqi police academy north of Baghdad. But she was smiling after she fired 160 rounds at a black-and-white target.

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Bolivian Political Clashes Spark Diplomatic Crisis

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Violent clashes over this fractured nation's political future have claimed eight lives and unleashed a diplomatic crisis, with Bolivia and the U.S. expelling each other's ambassadors.

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Pakistan Opposition Wants Plan On Border Issue

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The main opposition party Friday called on parliament to meet in a joint session to devise a strategy to deal with cross-border attacks after the latest suspected U.S. missile strike killed 12 people in Pakistan's northwest.

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English Channel Tunnel Fire Extinguished

Posted: 09/12/2008 - A French official says firefighters have extinguished a blaze in the tunnel under the English Channel, but undersea train traffic remains suspended for a second day.

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Survey Finds Holes in US Disaster Preparedness

Posted: 09/12/2008 - In a disaster such as an earthquake or terrorist attack, nearly two-thirds of U.S. parents would disregard orders to evacuate and would rush to pick up their kids from school, according to a new survey.

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Judge Swears in All-white Jury for O.J. Trial

Posted: 09/12/2008 - An all-white jury will judge O.J. Simpson and a co-defendant on kidnapping and robbery charges after defense lawyers lost a contentious courtroom battle to include two African-American women on the panel.

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Congress Sends Bush Bill Restoring Highway Funds

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Two months after the White House called a highway trust fund rescue plan a "gimmick" and threatened a presidential veto, President Bush is expected to sign legislation infusing $8 billion into the financially teetering fund that supports road and bridge projects around the country.

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