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Nobel speculation centers on rights activists

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Human rights activists from China and Russia are considered front-runners to win the Nobel Peace Prize next week, while bettors are putting their money on an Italian, a Syrian or an Israeli for the literature award.

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Excerpts of Iraq PM comments on US deal

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Maliki's interview Monday with The Associated Press on the status of a deal being negotiated to set the terms to continue a U.S. military presence in Iraq:

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Al-Maliki says security pact in US, Iraqi interest

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that the government is ready to compromise to reach a security accord with the United States because Iraq still needs American troops despite the drop in violence.

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Navy Confirms Lost WWII Sub Has Been Found

Posted: 10/03/2008 - The Navy has confirmed the wreckage of a sunken vessel found last year off the Aleutians Islands is that of the USS Grunion, which disappeared during World War II.

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Iraq says doctors can carry guns for protection

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Iraq will allow doctors to carry guns to protect themselves after hundreds have been targeted and killed since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the government said Monday.

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Pentagon announces 2009 deployments to Iraq

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Six Army brigades, a National Guard unit and three military headquarters have been ordered to Iraq next summer in a move that would allow the U.S. to keep the number of troops largely steady there through much of next year.

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US combat hospital saving more wounded Iraqis

Posted: 10/03/2008 - The U.S. military's main combat hospital in Iraq has increasingly switched to helping Iraqis. As the numbers of wounded American soldiers have fallen, the hospital is now saving the lives of a remarkable 93 percent of Iraqis who come with devastating injuries.

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US soldier pleads guilty in Iraq killings

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of accessory to murder and was sentenced to eight months in prison for his role in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners who were bound, blindfolded, shot and dumped in a canal.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,176

Posted: 10/03/2008 - As of Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at least 4,176 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Discovery of Fossett's plane brings closure

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Thirteen months after millionaire thrill-seeker Steve Fossett mysteriously disappeared, authorities finally know what happened to his small single-engine airplane: It slammed straight into a mountain on a cloudy day.

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Iraq's presidency approves elections law

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Iraq's presidential council on Friday ratified a law that paves the way for the first provincial elections in four years, officials said.

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Palin says debate went well as polls favor Biden

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended John McCain as a reform-minded maverick while Democratic rival Joe Biden sought to tie his longtime Senate colleague to unpopular Bush administration policies during their first face-to-face encounter and only debate.

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Wells Fargo agrees to buy Wachovia, Citi objects

Posted: 10/03/2008 - A battle broke out for control of Wachovia Friday as Wells Fargo signed a $15.1 billion agreement to buy the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, while Citigroup and the federal regulators backing its earlier deal insisted that Citi's takeover bid go forward.

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Economy sheds most jobs since 2003, more cuts seen

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Jobs are vanishing at the fastest pace in more than five years with pink slips likely to keep stacking higher in the months ahead, an urgent signal the country may be careening toward a deep and painful recession just as Americans prepare to elect a new president.

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Economy Sheds Most Jobs Since 2003, More Cuts Seen

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Jobs are vanishing at the fastest pace in more than five years with pink slips likely to keep stacking higher in the months ahead, an urgent signal the country may be careening toward a deep and painful recession just as Americans prepare to elect a new president.

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Tax breaks big and small sweeten financial bailout

Posted: 10/03/2008 - Millions of taxpayers, thousands of businesses and groups as diverse as solar power developers and natural disaster victims will see tax relief with the House vote Friday to approve and send to the president a $700 billion financial rescue plan.

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