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Gay Rights Advocates Score In NY, CA

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Gay rights advocates had reason to celebrate on both coasts Thursday, with New York set to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and California preparing to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on June 17.

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New DVD Releases include `Dirty Harry,' `Semi-Pro'

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Some old, new and funny films are out on video this week including Clint Eastwood and Will Ferrell. Some TV shows like Weeds and CHiPS are also hitting store shelves.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 16 in Northwestern Iraq

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a crowd of police recruits in northwestern Iraq, killing at least 16 men and wounding 14 others, an official said.

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Oil Down Near $130 Ahead of US Inventory Report

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Oil prices fell Thursday ahead of a report expected to show U.S. inventories of crude and petroleum products grew last week. Prices remained volatile, though, buffeted about by threats against Nigerian oil facilities, worries about falling gasoline demand in the U.S. and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

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Treaty Seeks to Ban Cluster Bombs within 8 Years

Posted: 05/28/2008 - DUBLIN, Ireland - Diplomats from more than 100 nations agreed on a treaty Wednesday to ban current types of cluster bombs and require the destruction of stockpiles within eight years.

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White House Puzzled about Ex-Aide's Scathing Book

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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Tenn. Woman who Spent Life in Iron Lung Dies at 61

Posted: 05/28/2008 - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A woman who spent nearly 60 years of her life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio as a child died Wednesday after a power failure shut down the machine that kept her breathing, her family said.

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3 Shark Attacks have Mexico Resort Area in Panic

Posted: 05/28/2008 - ZIHUATANEJO, Mexico - No one could even remember a shark attack along this resort-studded stretch of Mexican coast popular with surfers and Hollywood's elite. Many of the large predators had been pulled from the ocean by fishermen. So when sharks attacked three surfers in less than a month, two fatally, it was unthinkable.

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After `Idol,' Television Audience Disperses

Posted: 05/28/2008 - NEW YORK - The 31.66 million people who watched the "American Idol" finale surely will be the largest audience gathered before a single TV show for several months.

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Ashlee Simpson Will Take The Wentz Name

Posted: 05/28/2008 - 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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Stocks Rise after Durable Goods Data

Posted: 05/28/2008 - NEW YORK - Wall Street managed to finish an erratic session with a moderate gain Wednesday as investors found some comfort in upbeat data on durable goods orders.

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Abortion Foes Post Photos of Governor Kathleen Sebelius with Doctor

Posted: 05/28/2008 - TOPEKA, Kan. - An anti-abortion group released photos Wednesday of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius with a prominent abortion doctor at what it called a "lavish secret party" at the governor's official residence, but her office said the doctor bought the reception at a political group's fundraising auction.

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Blind New York Governor Embraces his Disability

Posted: 05/28/2008 - ALBANY, N.Y. - As a young man, David Paterson never looked for dropped change because he didn't want people to see a blind man crawling on the floor for nickels and dimes. He didn't use a white cane, either: it would make him a target in his New York City neighborhood.

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Preservationists: Gas Drilling Threatens Carvings

Posted: 05/28/2008 - WELLINGTON, Utah - Along Utah's Nine Mile Canyon lies what some call the longest art gallery in the world — thousands of prehistoric rock carvings and paintings of bighorn sheep and other wildlife, hunters wielding spears, and warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat. But now, a dramatic increase in natural gas drilling is proposed on the plateau above the canyon, and preservationists fear trucks will kick up dust that will cover over the images.

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'Bourne' Films Viewed as Art — and Science — at MoMA

Posted: 05/28/2008 - NEW YORK - One of the Museum of Modern Art's latest film acquisitions isn't an art-house experiment by Andy Warhol or Michelangelo Antonioni. It's the spy-action blockbuster "The Bourne Identity" and its sequels.

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Sony to Sell Golf Ball-Sized Speakers

Posted: 05/28/2008 - TOKYO - Sony says its newest speakers can deliver the sound of a top-notch home-theater sound system even though they're just a little bigger than golf balls.

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FEMA Closing Trailer Parks on Eve of Hurricane Season

Posted: 05/28/2008 - BAKER, La. - The federal government has plenty of reasons to move hundreds of families out of trailers they have occupied since Hurricane Katrina: the start of a new hurricane season, concerns about toxic fumes and the need for residents to find permanent homes.

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China: Rebuilding after Quake will be 'Arduous'

Posted: 05/28/2008 - CHENGDU, China - Rebuilding China's devastated earthquake zone will be a long and arduous process, the government warned Wednesday in a signal to millions of survivors living in tents that there will be no quick return to normalcy from their upturned lives.

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World Outraged over Myanmar's Detention of Suu Kyi

Posted: 05/28/2008 - YANGON, Myanmar - The world broke a self-imposed silence on Myanmar politics Wednesday, expressing anger at the military junta's decision to extend the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi days after foreign donors pledged millions to help cyclone victims.

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Dem Lawyers: Fla., Mich. Can't be Fully Restored

Posted: 05/28/2008 - WASHINGTON - A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to seat some delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully restore the two states as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to party lawyers.

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Israeli Defense Chief says Olmert Must Step Down

Posted: 05/28/2008 - JERUSALEM - Israel's powerful defense minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down amid a burgeoning corruption scandal and threatened to bring down the government if the Israeli leader does not comply.

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List of Top 20 Prime-Time Shows in Nielsen Ratings

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

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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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