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Court Rejects Death Penalty For Raping Children

Posted: 06/25/2008 - In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court says the law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in cases of child rape violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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General Mills Profit Falls, but Matches Outlook

Posted: 06/25/2008 - General Mills Inc. said costs for hedging commodities drove its fourth-quarter profit down 17 percent, but strong sales of yogurt, cookie mixes and Cheerios boosted revenue above Wall Street expectations.

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Ex-'American Idol' Champ Ruben Studdard to Wed

Posted: 06/25/2008 - It's wedding bells for an "Idol" crooner. He won the affection of millions of people on "American Idol," but this weekend, Ruben Studdard is giving his heart to one woman.

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New Home Sales and Prices both Drop in May

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Sales of new homes tumbled for the sixth time in seven months in May while median prices kept plunging, underscoring the depth of the nation's housing woes.

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Court Rejects Death Penalty for Raping Children

Posted: 06/25/2008 - In a five-four split decision, the nation's high court finds a capital sentence to be a violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, with Justice Kennedy writing it was not a "proportional punishment."

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GAO Audit: $6B To Pakistan, For What?

Posted: 06/25/2008 - A government probe has found the United States has given Pakistan nearly six billion dollars since the War on Terror began and turned up little evidence that is what the money was used for.

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3 Americans Killed, Shiite Fighting In South

Posted: 06/25/2008 - A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers and an interpreter north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Wednesday, and Iraqi police reported 14 Shiite gunmen were arrested after fighting south of the capital.

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Pregnant Soldier's Body Found In Motel

Posted: 06/25/2008 - North Carolina authorities are calling the death of a 23 year-old pregnant soldier "suspicious". She was found in a hotel. A fellow Marine is being held in relation to her death.

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Voters Split Over McCain, Obama Views on Iraq

Updated: 07/02/2008 - John McCain's stance on the war is unambiguous: He voted for it, supports the current enhanced U.S. troop presence in Iraq and vigorously opposes any timetable to withdraw.

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Architect Hopes New Skyscraper Keeps Us Spinning

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Revolutionary skyscraper to be built in Dubai, with a second scheduled for Moscow, would constantly change shapes as each level rotated. Levels would come from prefabricated units, potentially saving tens of millions of dollars.

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Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader Leaves Dutch Embassy

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Zimbabwe's opposition leader emerged from his refuge at the Dutch Embassy Wednesday to call for African leaders to guide talks to end Zimbabwe's crisis, saying a presidential runoff this week was no solution.

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Obama Asks Supporters to Help Clinton Pay Off Debt

Posted: 06/25/2008 - The presumptive Democratic nominee is asking his top fundraisers help his toughest opponent in the primaries pay down some of the debt she accumulated during the campaign.

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Report: Dutrow Faces Ban for Horse's Positive Test

Updated: 06/25/2008 - A horse trained by Rick Dutrow tested positive for twice the allowable level of Clenbuterol, a bronchodilator that helps burn fat and promote muscle growth, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

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Hamas Says It Will Not Police Truce with Israel

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Hamas tells Israel that it remains committed to the six-month cease-fire and is exerting pressure on Islamic Jihad, the group which claimed responsibility for the recent firing of rockets across the Gaza border, but it will not police the truce.

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Voters Split Over McCain, Obama Views on Iraq

Updated: 07/02/2008 - While a strong majority oppose the war in Iraq and believe it should not have been fought, many still trust McCain's experience militarily despite his adament opposition to their views.

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Durable Goods Orders Unchanged after 2 Declines

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Orders to factories for big-ticket manufactured goods were basically flat in May as strength in demand for aircraft and computers was offset by widespread weakness elsewhere.

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Mortgage Bill Could Pass Senate Wednesday

Posted: 06/25/2008 - New deal would authorize the FHA to lend more than $3000 million in new mortgages, but the new deal could wait to go into effect because of a threatened veto by the President.

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MasterCard to Pay $1.8 Billion to Settle AmEx Suit

Posted: 06/25/2008 - American Express said Wednesday MasterCard will pay it as much as $1.8 billion to settle an antitrust lawsuit, as it warned credit losses may increase as business conditions deteriorate.

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Dennis Rodman Pleads No Contest to Spousal Battery

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery Tuesday and was ordered to undergo counseling and to perform highway or other physical labor.

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3 U.S. Troops Dead In Northern Iraq Blast

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Six other people, including an interpreter, were also killed in the explosion when a bomb detonated inside a Sadr City office. Elsewhere in the Iraqi capital, an explosion kills three people in injures seven more.

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Fed Talking Tough on the Threat of Inflation

Posted: 06/25/2008 - Many analysts believe that, after two days of meetings, the Federal Reserve will start threatening interest rate hikes to fight inflation, but will not actually raise them after this meeting.

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6 Dead in Henderson, Ky., Plastics Plant Shooting

Updated: 06/25/2008 - Kentucky man apparently went home while on break to get his gun after an argument with his supervisor. Two other victims were injured in the shooting, they were taken via helicopter to a hospital

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Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Leaves Dutch Embassy

Updated: 06/25/2008 - Violence-wracked Zimbabwe needs United Nations peacekeepers to help prepare the way for new elections, the country's opposition leader said in a call from his haven at the Dutch Embassy.

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