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Scientists beaming after test of big atom smasher

Posted: 09/10/2008 - GENEVA (AP) -- A small blip on a computer screen sent champagne corks popping among physicists in Switzerland. Near Chicago, researchers at a "pajama party" who watched via satellite let out an early morning cheer.

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Defense Chiefs: Afghan Fighting is Getting Harder

Posted: 09/10/2008 - WASHINGTON - Even with American troops headed soon from an increasingly quiet Iraq to a more turbulent Afghanistan, defeating extremists in Afghanistan is growing more complex and more urgent, President Bush's senior defense advisers say.

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Gov't officials probed about illicit sex, gifts

Posted: 09/10/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties partied, had sex with and accepted golf and ski outings from employees of energy companies they were dealing with, federal investigators said Wednesday.

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South Korea says Kim is on the road to recovery

Posted: 09/10/2008 - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's Kim Jong Il is on the road to recovery from a stroke and still in control of his isolated country's communist regime, South Korea suggested Wednesday, disputing reports that the leader is gravely ill.

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Defense chiefs: Afghan fighting is getting harder

Posted: 09/10/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even with American troops headed soon from an increasingly quiet Iraq to a more turbulent Afghanistan, defeating extremists in Afghanistan is growing more complex and more urgent, President Bush's senior defense advisers say.

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Gov't officials probed about illicit sex, gifts

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties partied, had sex with and accepted golf and ski outings from employees of energy companies they were dealing with, federal investigators said Wednesday.

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Biden says McCain reprising 2000 attacks

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Joe Biden said Wednesday that Republican John McCain is aiming the same kind of attacks at Democratic nominee Barack Obama that Biden had defended McCain against during the 2000 White House race.

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Democrats' advice for Obama: Tie McCain to Bush

Posted: 09/10/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- With John McCain gaining in the polls, Democrats have a short checklist for Barack Obama: Tie the Republican to an unpopular President Bush. Let no charge go unanswered. And stress plans to fix the economy.

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North Korea has second long-range missile site

Posted: 09/10/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea has quietly built a long-range missile base that is larger and more capable than an older and well-known launch pad for intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to independent analysts relying on new satellite images of the site and other data. Analysts provided images of the previously secret site to The Associated Press.

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Evacuations begin in Texas ahead of Hurricane Ike

Updated: 09/10/2008 - HOUSTON (AP) -- The frail and elderly were put aboard buses Wednesday and authorities warned 1 million others to flee inland as Hurricane Ike steamed toward a swath of the Texas coast that includes the nation's largest concentration of refineries and chemical plants.

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Obama accuses McCain camp of lies, phony outrage

Posted: 09/10/2008 - NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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Bill Clinton Concerned about 9/11 Scholarship Fund

Posted: 09/10/2008 - NEW YORK - Former President Clinton has been in talks with the directors of a huge college scholarship fund for families of Sept. 11 victims to address complaints that the program has given out too little money.

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AP IMPACT: US Oilfield Deaths Rise Sharply

Posted: 09/10/2008 - SNYDER, Texas - Less than two months into the job in the oilfields of West Texas, Brandon Garrett was sliced in half by a motorized spool of steel cable as he and other roughnecks struggled to get a drilling rig up and running.

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Crews Search for Victims in Va. Building Collapse

Posted: 09/10/2008 - CHESTER, Va. - Part of a retail and residential building under construction in a Richmond suburb collapsed Wednesday, and authorities were searching for up to 12 workers who may have been inside.

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South Korea says Kim is on the Road to Recovery

Posted: 09/10/2008 - SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's Kim Jong Il is on the road to recovery from a stroke and still in control of his isolated country's communist regime, South Korea suggested Wednesday, disputing reports that the leader is gravely ill.

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Fewer Kan. Schools Fail to Show Adequate Progress

Updated: 09/12/2008 - Fewer Kansas schools failed to show adequate progress this year in improving students' scores on reading and math tests. The percentage of the state's public schools and districts making adequate yearly progress is up from last year's testing cycle.

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Ford to cut 500 workers at Ontario crossover plant

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate 500 employees at its crossover assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, as sales of the vehicles designed to woo SUV and truck buyers continue to slump.

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Senator examining rising text messaging rates

Posted: 09/10/2008 - A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the nation's top four wireless carriers to justify the "sharply rising rates" they charge people to send and receive text messages.

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Apple unveils new iPods but shares slip

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a revamped line of iPods on Tuesday and trumpeted a truce with NBC Universal that means the TV network will begin selling programs again on iTunes.

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AP IMPACT: US oilfield deaths rise sharply

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Less than two months into the job in the oilfields of West Texas, Brandon Garrett was sliced in half by a motorized spool of steel cable as he and other roughnecks struggled to get a drilling rig up and running.

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