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Ashlee Simpson will take the Wentz Name

Posted: 05/28/2008 - LOS ANGELES - Ashlee Simpson is so over. The newlywed pop singer will go by Ashlee Wentz in private, and be professionally known as Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, according to a report posted Wednesday on People.com. The heretofore Simpson was married on May 17 to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

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Lawmakers in Nepal Abolish the Monarchy

Posted: 05/28/2008 - KATMANDU, Nepal - The world's last Hindu kingdom became its newest secular republic Wednesday as Nepal's lawmakers, led by former communist insurgents, abolished the monarchy that had reigned over this Himalayan land for 239 years.

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Green Beret Electrocuted in Shower on Iraq Base

Posted: 05/28/2008 - PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- A highly decorated Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth died a painful death in Iraq this year. He died not on the battlefield. He died in what should have been one of the safest spots in Iraq: on a U.S. base, in his bathroom.

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State: Gay Marriage to Begin June 17 in California

Updated: 05/28/2008 - SAN FRANCISCO - California officials are telling county clerks that they can start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17. The state Office of Vital Records says it chose June 17 because the state Supreme Court has until the end of business on June 16 to decide whether to grant a stay of its ruling legalizing gay marriage.

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High School Coach says Former Player on Kelly Sex Tape

Posted: 05/28/2008 - CHICAGO — R. Kelly's child pornography trial was adjourned Wednesday after a lawyer for the R&B singer said he received a call from a man who claims to have information relevant to the case.

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Olmert Scandal Threatens Political Storm

Posted: 05/28/2008 - JERUSALEM - The scandal enveloping Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could force him from power and throw Israel's fractious political system into turmoil.

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Clinton Still Insists she's More Electable

Posted: 05/28/2008 - BILLINGS, Mont. - Her chances of securing the Democratic presidential nomination narrowing by the day, Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted Tuesday that she would be a stronger candidate than Barack Obama to square off against John McCain in November.

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Former Press Secretary's Book Bashes Bush

Posted: 05/28/2008 - WASHINGTON - Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that President Bush relied on an aggressive "political propaganda campaign" instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war, and that the decision to invade pushed Bush's presidency "terribly off course.'

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Pakistan's Sharif wants Musharraf Ousted and Tried

Posted: 05/28/2008 - LAHORE, Pakistan - A Pakistani leader stepped up the pressure on President Pervez Musharraf Wednesday, branding him a "traitor" and claiming that the ruling coalition had agreed to oust the former army strongman.

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Obama Competitive against McCain with Key Voters

Posted: 05/28/2008 - WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has done poorly in the Democratic primaries with women, Catholics and others who will be pivotal in this fall's presidential election. Yet early polling shows that with several of these groups, he's competitive when matched against Republican John McCain.

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7 Scientists Share $1 Million Prizes for Research

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Three prizes worth $1 million apiece were awarded Wednesday to seven scientists for their discoveries in neuroscience, astrophysics and the study of vanishingly small structures.

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Tenn. Man on Death Row despite High Court Ruling

Posted: 05/28/2008 - CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - Multiple sclerosis has Paul House in a wheelchair. A tenacious prosecutor has him on death row, deemed too dangerous to be released two years after the U.S. Supreme Court said he likely isn't guilty.

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Defense Minister Barak says Olmert Must Step Aside

Posted: 05/28/2008 - JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister said Wednesday he would use his considerable power to topple the fragile coalition government if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not step aside to face corruption allegations.

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Landowners Getting Trampled In Gas Rights Rush

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Unsuspecting property owners around the country are getting trampled in an old-fashioned land rush by natural gas companies and speculators trying to lock up long-ignored drilling rights quickly and cheaply.

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Hollywood Studios, AFTRA Agree on Contract

Posted: 05/28/2008 - LOS ANGELES - The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists says it has agreed to a tentative deal with Hollywood studios on a new three-year contract.

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Tenn. Man On Death Row Despite High Court Ruling

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Multiple sclerosis has Paul House in a wheelchair. A tenacious prosecutor has him on death row, deemed too dangerous to be released two years after the U.S. Supreme Court said he likely isn't guilty.

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