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Sensitive China quake photo removed from exhibit

Posted: 06/15/2008 - In a town where parents are grieving for the nearly 300 children killed when last month's earthquake toppled a middle school, a photograph hinting at shoddy school construction has disappeared from a public exhibition.

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Anti-US cleric shifts strategy for Iraq elections

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will run candidates on other party tickets in upcoming Iraqi provincial elections, a top aide said Sunday, in an apparent bid to sidestep what they believe is a government campaign against their movement.

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Girl survives lightning strike, then wins $20

Posted: 06/15/2008 - No one quite understands the term "striking it lucky" better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel. The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day.

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Feds say man wore diaper full of heroin

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Frank Keys Jr. faces up to 40 years in prison after he was found cruising down the highway with more than 200 grams of heroin in the diaper he was wearing, federal officials said.

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Drink tax makes Pa. county executive unpopular

Posted: 06/15/2008 - A stiff drink comes with a stiff tax in Pittsburgh and surrounding towns these days, and that has made the county executive public enemy No. 1 in some quarters, reviled by name in song and on bar bills.

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San Diego drivers appreciate Mexico's cheap gas

Posted: 06/15/2008 - If there's pain at the pump in the U.S., Mexico may just have a remedy. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in San Diego retails for an average price of $4.61 a gallon. A few miles south, in Tijuana, it's about $2.54 - even less if you pay in pesos.

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3 likely candidates express little interest in VP

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Two former senators and one sitting governor thought to be possible candidates for vice president on Sunday expressed minimal interest in the job but didn't remove themselves from consideration.

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Bush soaks in Europe like only a president can

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II, bike rides in a Paris park and the lush German countryside, a stunning view from a Renaissance villa outside Rome, a rare stroll with the pope in the Vatican's private gardens?

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Forecast for lower flood crest at Iowa City

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Displaced residents trickled back into the hardest-hit areas of Cedar Rapids on Sunday for their first up-close look at flood devastation, while a forecast of an earlier and lower flood crest at Iowa River sparked hope that the university city would escape a similar fate.

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Anti-US Cleric Shifts Strategy For Iraq Elections

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will run candidates on other party tickets in upcoming Iraqi provincial elections, a top aide said Sunday, in an apparent bid to sidestep what they believe is a government campaign against their movement.

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Rice Criticizes Israel On West Bank Settlements

Posted: 06/15/2008 - Israel's persistent building of Jewish homes on disputed land undermines the U.S.-backed attempt to write an Israeli-Palestinian peace draft this year and invites questions about Israel's motives, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

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Forecast For Lower Flood Crest At Iowa City

Updated: 06/15/2008 - Displaced residents trickled back into the hardest-hit areas of Cedar Rapids on Sunday for their first up-close look at flood devastation, while a forecast of an earlier and lower flood crest at Iowa River sparked hope that the university city would escape a similar fate.

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Black Conservatives Conflicted On Obama Campaign

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.

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Cedar Rapids Flood Recedes; Des Moines Levee Fails

Posted: 06/14/2008 - The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa's second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.

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Downtown Topeka Full of Rock

Updated: 06/14/2008 - If you live near downtown you may have heard some music Saturday night. That's because several local bands were rocking the block.

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