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UN atomic inspectors begin Syria mission

Posted: 06/22/2008 - U.N. nuclear sleuths looking into allegations that Syria is hiding secret atomic activities expressed hope Sunday that a fact-gathering trip to Damascus will be the start of a thorough investigation.

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Female suicide bomber in Iraq kills 15, wounds 40

Posted: 06/22/2008 - A female suicide bomber concealing explosives beneath her black robe struck outside a government complex northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 40, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

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Protected nat'l park bay in NYC is boat graveyard

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Jamaica Bay is located within the only national park in New York City, a place where herring gulls pirouette overhead, Canada geese sail in naval formation in quiet coves and harbor seals frolic on the shoreline.

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Everything seemingly is spinning out of control

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Is everything spinning out of control? Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

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Aging levee poses threat to impoverished city

Posted: 06/22/2008 - When record flooding ravaged much of the Midwest in 1993, the earthen wall protecting one of the nation's poorest cities stood fast against the Mississippi River.

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Md. plantation attic holds 400 years of documents

Posted: 06/22/2008 - For four centuries, they were the ultimate pack rats. Now a Maryland family's massive collection of letters, maps and printed bills has surfaced in the attic of a former plantation, providing a firsthand account of life from the 1660s through World War II.

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NBC: Brokaw to host 'Meet the Press' through Nov.

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw will moderate NBC's "Meet the Press" through the November election in the place of the late Tim Russert, the network announced Sunday.

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Relief in sight from California heat wave

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Californians exhausted by a nearly weeklong heat wave looked for relief Sunday from the triple-digit temperatures that have strained air conditioners and power companies.

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Calif. firefighters wrestle with hundreds of blazes

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Wildfires were scattered around Northern California on Sunday, many of them started by lightning, as crews farther south were close to containing a blaze that had forced thousands to evacuate.

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Stocks drop as credit woes continue, oil rises

Posted: 06/21/2008 - While investors have seen other triple-digit days in the past year since concerns about the economy began emerging, the Dow's first finish under 12,000 since mid-March could deal Wall Street a psychological blow.

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Venezuela puts nation first in mining

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Venezuela's environment minister said Saturday that the government will put national interests first in the mining sector and forbid mining in a forest reserve that is home to two of the country's largest gold concessions.

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Google launches new space race to the moon

Posted: 06/21/2008 - When Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, he uttered unforgettable words. But the next visitor to roam the lunar landscape may send back e-mail instead

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his family. The explosion severed two toes, damaged his hearing and harmed a promising basketball career.

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Mugabe: Opposition lies about political violence

Posted: 06/21/2008 - President Robert Mugabe accused the opposition of falsely claiming that their supporters were being beaten up ahead of next week's presidential runoff, state-run media reported Saturday.

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Bombs kill 5 foreign troops in Afghanistan

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Roadside bombs killed five foreign troops and five government soldiers Saturday, part of a surge of violence that has made Afghanistan's battlefields deadlier for foreign forces than those in Iraq.

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