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Downed China Chopper had Engine Trouble

Posted: 06/27/2008 - A Chinese military helicopter that crashed during earthquake relief efforts last month had suffered engine trouble shortly before going down, a state news agency said Friday.

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$5.8 Million For Scientist in Anthrax Lawsuit

Posted: 06/27/2008 - A former Army scientist who was named as a person of interest in the 2001 anthrax attacks will receive $5.8 million to settle his lawsuit against the Justice Department.

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Kentucky Plant Gunman Known as Friend, Troublemaker

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Some in the hometown of a man who opened fire at a plastics plant described him as a "good kid," while others called him a troublemaker and said Thursday that they weren't surprised when he killed himself and five others.

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Border fence would cut through Texas university

Posted: 06/27/2008 - BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The steel fence that the U.S. government wants to build along the Mexican border would do more than slice through the University of Texas' Brownsville campus and cut off the golf course from the rest of the school.

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G-8 Ministers Condemn Zimbabwe Authorities

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Group of Eight foreign ministers are condemning Zimbabwe's one-candidate presidential runoff, saying authorities there have made a free and fair election impossible.

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Calif. firefighters dig in to protect Big Sur

Posted: 06/27/2008 - BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters bulked up their defenses Friday against a wildfire that threatened parts of this storied tourist town and prepared for more lightning strikes that could ignite new fires across Northern California.

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Dentist's Staff Saddles Up to Beat Gas Costs

Posted: 06/27/2008 - When gas prices hit $4 a gallon, the staff at Dr. Keith Leonard's dental office figured it was time to pony up. The staff mounted up and made the commute to work via horseback.

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2nd NY millionaire gets prison in slavery case

Posted: 06/27/2008 - CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- A millionaire convicted along with his wife of virtually enslaving two Indonesian housekeepers has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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Gripe about your neighbor on RottenNeighbor.com

Posted: 06/27/2008 - COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Just outside his sealed bedroom window, beyond the chain-link fence that surrounds his next-door neighbor's yard, sit the reasons David Adams says he can't sleep: two bushy-tailed dogs that bark and howl all night.

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Colombia's President Wants Vote on New Elections

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Colombia's president on Thursday called for a referendum to decide if new presidential elections should be held in the wake of a court decision that is questioning the legitimacy of his 2006 re-election.

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Gun ban ruling has Chicago thinking it's next

Posted: 06/27/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- As news spread of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., one thing was clear in Chicago: The city's own ban now faces a challenge as serious as any in its 26-year history.

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Top-seeded Ivanovic upset at Wimbledon

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic was knocked out in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday by 133rd-ranked Zheng Jie of China, extending a spate of stunning upsets at the All England Club.

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Philadelphia Man Arrested Over Anti-Police Video

Posted: 06/27/2008 - A man who authorities say posted an Internet video showing himself waving a gun and claiming to rejoice whenever a police officer is shot in the city was arrested Thursday.

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Single mom selling Fla. home and heart on Internet

Posted: 06/27/2008 - After a year of trying to sell her four-bedroom home and eight years of singledom, Deven Trabosh is offering her South Florida home and a shot at marrying her on the Internet.

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Haiti Halts Gasoline Subsidy; Prices Soar

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Cuts in Haitian gasoline subsidies pushed the price of fuel to $6.14 a gallon on Thursday, further burdening an impoverished people as the government redirected money to other programs.

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VMAs would consider second chance for Spears

Posted: 06/27/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MTV isn't ruling out giving viewers more Britney Spears at this year's Video Music Awards. "Everyone deserves a second or third chance, right?" Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music Group, playfully told The Associated Press during a telephone interview Friday. When asked if he was just joking, Toffler said "sorta."

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Drunken driver gets 43 years for killing mom, kids

Posted: 06/27/2008 - A Michigan man was sentenced to 43 years in prison Friday for driving the wrong way on an interstate and slamming his pickup truck into a minivan, killing a Maryland mother and four children who were returning home from a Christmas trip. Michael Gagnon of Adrian, Mich., had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and marijuana in his system, authorities said.

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Master Japanese Drummer Oguchi Dies

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Master Japanese drummer Daihachi Oguchi, who led the spread of the art of "taiko" drumming to the U.S. and throughout Japan, has died after being hit by a car, an official at his ensemble said. He was 84.

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North Korea destroys nuclear reactor tower

Posted: 06/27/2008 - YONGBYON, North Korea (AP) - The gray cooling tower crumbled behind billowing dust clouds in seconds Friday, reducing the structure at North Korea's nuclear reactor into a pile of rubble. It was a choreographed show by the communist regime meant to affirm an intention to stop making atomic bombs. From a distance, smiling diplomats from the United States and other nations snapped photos of the blast that destroyed part of the heart of the North's nuclear weapons program.

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McCain Talks Trade, Innovation With Auto Workers

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Republican John McCain on Friday told autoworkers in an economically depressed area of Ohio that he supports free-trade agreements many of them feel cost jobs, but also government investment to help produce the electric cars of the future.

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