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Black campers recruit against history, stereotype

Posted: 05/25/2008 - The throngs filling campgrounds across America this weekend will include hardy outdoors types and those who prefer creature comforts, but they'll have at least one important thing in common: Nearly all of them are white.

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New feeling and bigger buzz at old Indy 500

Posted: 05/25/2008 - The Indianapolis 500 is new again. Danica Patrick is a proven winner with a legitimate shot at taking the checkered flag, all the top teams and drivers are back for the 92nd running of the Indy 500 and optimism is high for what should, for the first time in 13 years, truly be "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

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French classroom drama wins Cannes' top prize

Posted: 05/25/2008 - The French film "The Class," a frank tale about classroom life using real students and teachers at a junior high school, won top honors Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Environmental ministers seek deep emissions cuts

Posted: 05/25/2008 - European and developing countries urged the United States and Japan on Sunday to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 - a step they say is needed to defuse a coming ecological disaster caused by global warming.

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Spacecraft on track to make historic Mars landing

Posted: 05/25/2008 - A three-legged NASA spacecraft was closing in on Mars Sunday for what scientists hope will be the first-ever touchdown near Mars' north pole to study whether the permafrost could have supported primitive life.

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Miracle Marine Dies

Posted: 05/25/2008 - The young Marine came back from the war, with his toughest fight ahead of him. Merlin German waged that battle in the quiet of a Texas hospital, far from the dusty road in Iraq where a bomb exploded, leaving him with burns over 97 percent of his body.

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Pastors pose problems for McCain and Obama

Posted: 05/25/2008 - Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, both seeking to use religion to their advantage in the presidential campaign, have learned painful lessons about the risks of getting too close to religious leaders.

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Private psychiatrists offer free service to troops

Posted: 05/25/2008 - Thousands of private counselors are offering free services to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems, jumping in to help because the military is short on therapists.

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US military downplays remarks on al-Qaida's demise

Posted: 05/25/2008 - The U.S. military distanced itself Sunday from remarks declaring al-Qaida in Iraq close to defeat, saying the terror network is "off-balance and on the run," but remains a very lethal threat.

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Powerful aftershock hits China; 1 killed, 260 hurt

Posted: 05/25/2008 - One of the most powerful aftershocks to hit quake-ravaged central China killed one person, left dozens more injured and leveled homes Sunday, as soldiers carrying explosives hiked to a blocked-off river to alleviate the threat of floods.

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'Laugh-In' comic Dick Martin dead at 86

Posted: 05/25/2008 - Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!" has died. He was 86.

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Boeing 747 splits in two on take off

Posted: 05/25/2008 - A large cargo plane crashed at the end of a runway and split in two while trying to take off Sunday at Brussels airport, authorities said.

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'Harry Potter' actor stabbed to death

Posted: 05/25/2008 - A British teenage actor playing a minor role in the upcoming "Harry Potter" film was stabbed to death during a brawl in London on Saturday, police said.

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76-year-old breaks Everest record

Posted: 05/25/2008 - A 76-year-old Nepalese man reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday and became the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain, a tourism official said.

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Obama's political team out-organized Clinton

Posted: 05/24/2008 - The band of Obama loyalists who imagined that could happen have stunned even themselves with their success against Hillary Rodham Clinton, who appeared to have wrapped up the nomination last year, before any votes were cast. Now, they face a new challenge with the impending nomination and campaign against Republican John McCain.

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Tornadoes rake parts of Kan., Okla.; 2 found dead

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Authorities checking on a car stranded in a field Saturday morning found two people killed by a powerful storm that raked the state a day earlier with at least 17 tornadoes.

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Parents try to sell baby on eBay

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday that they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.

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'Idol' finalists relieved, excited about future

Posted: 05/24/2008 - On Tuesday's "American Idol," judge Simon Cowell declared David Archuleta delivered a knockout over his competitor David Cook. However, fans felt otherwise as Cook won the Fox singing competition by 12 million votes.

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EPA tests plans to protect water from terrorists

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Water utilities would get earlier warning of viruses, bacteria or chemicals that could be introduced into drinking water systems by terrorists under a test monitoring program set for expansion beyond Cincinnati.

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USS Intrepid, war museum, faces new peril _ money

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Once it was Japanese torpedoes and kamikaze suicide planes. Then, the threat of the wrecking ball. Now, it's money - or the lack of it - that could imperil the future of the USS Intrepid.

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