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Army suicides reported up again at 115 in 2007

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The number of Army suicides increased again last year, amid the most violent year yet in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. An Army official said Thursday that 115 troops committed suicide in 2007, a nearly 13 percent increase over the previous year's 102.

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Helicopter crashes at Mich. hospital, no deaths

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A medical helicopter crashed on the roof of a hospital Thursday, catching fire moments after the two people on board escaped with minor injuries, authorities said.

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Iceland shaken by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A strong earthquake shook southern Iceland on Thursday, causing more than a dozen injuries as it rocked buildings in the capital, touched off landslides and forced evacuations in outlying towns, officials and local media said.

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US logs better _ but still weak _ growth

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The economy logged slightly better - but weak - growth in the first quarter, spurred by improved sales of U.S. products overseas. While that's heartening, the country is still far from being out of the woods.

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Obama considers Iraq visit amid GOP criticism

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Barack Obama - increasingly under fire from John McCain as he appears poised to win the Democratic nomination - said he is considering a trip to Iraq but dismissed as a "political stunt" an invitation by the Republican candidate to make the visit together.

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Opposition forms against gay rights for NYers

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Opposition surfaced Thursday against Gov. David Paterson's directive to state agencies to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states and countries.

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Economy's Growth Picks Up Slightly In First Quarter

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The economy plodded ahead at a 0.9 percent pace in the first quarter — slightly better than first estimated — but still underscoring caution on the part of consumers and businesses walloped by housing, credit and financial problems.

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Fed To Make Fresh Batch Of Bank Loans

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it will make a fresh batch of short-term cash loans available to squeezed banks as part of an ongoing effort to ease stressed credit markets.

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Stocks Jump After GDP Data, MasterCard Comments

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Stocks bounded higher Thursday after the government reported that the economy grew at a faster pace than had been estimated and MasterCard said consumers are continuing to reach for plastic.

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NJ, Texas Courts Scrap Awards From Vioxx Cases

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Appeals courts in New Jersey and Texas on Thursday scrapped verdicts against the drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. stemming from some of the earliest trials involving its once popular painkiller Vioxx.

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Bear Stearns Shareholders OK Buyout By JPMorgan

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Bear Stearns Cos. shareholders on Thursday approved JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s $2.2 billion buyout of the investment bank whose wagers on subprime mortgages made it the largest corporate casualty of the global credit crisis.

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Stocks Turn Higher After GDP, Jobless Claims Data

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Stocks turned higher Thursday as investors digested the government's estimate of first-quarter economic growth and an smaller-than-expected uptick in last week's unemployment claims.

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Economy's Growth Picks Up Slightly In First Quarter

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The economy plodded ahead at a 0.9 percent pace in the first quarter — slightly better than first estimated — but still underscoring caution on the part of consumers and businesses walloped by housing, credit and financial problems.

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Oil Tumbles On Supply Explanation, Dollar, Demand

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Oil prices fell sharply Thursday after the Energy Department reported unexpected declines in crude oil and gasoline supplies last week, but said the drop in crude inventories was due to temporary delays in unloading oil tankers along the Gulf Coast. A stronger dollar and concerns about gas demand also weighed on prices.

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Prosecutor Says Marine Covered Up Iraqi Civilian Killings

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A Marine intelligence officer lied to investigators to help cover up a squad's killings of 24 Iraqis, including women and children, a prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in the officer's court-martial.

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Tenn. Woman Who Spent Life In Iron Lung Dies At 61

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A woman who defied medical odds and spent nearly 60 years 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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Taxi Jumps Curb, Strikes Light Pole, Injures 3

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A taxicab driving in reverse jumped a curb at busy crosswalk near Union Station Thursday, striking a light pole and at least two pedestrians during the Thursday morning rush, authorities said.

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In Miami, Spanish Is Becoming The Primary Language

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Melissa Green's mother spoke Spanish, but she never learned — her father forbid it. Today, that's a frequent problem in this city where the English-speaking population is outnumbered.

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Idaho Town Enjoying Mine Industry Resurgence

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Condos and a gondola have replaced giant smokestacks and piles of mine waste that used to greet visitors in this northern Idaho town as it turned to the ski industry for survival.

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Officials Probe Train Wrecks In Boston, Chicago

Posted: 05/29/2008 - Federal investigators arrived Thursday at the tracks outside Boston where two commuter trains collided and derailed during rush hour a day earlier, trapping and killing a train operator and injuring more than a dozen passengers.

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