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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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AP engages pastors, parishoners about racism in US

Posted: 05/24/2008 - The issue of race drew sharp focus as Barack Obama's contentious split with his longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, played out in a national glare. In response, the United Church of Christ and National Council of Churches USA called on 10,000 ministers to initiate a "sacred conversation on race.

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Calif. wildfire grows despite effort, calmer winds

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and calmer winds Saturday as they continued to fight a persistent wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has chewed through acres of centuries-old redwoods, destroyed at least 17 homes and displaced hundreds of people.

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Texas appeals sect ruling, lets 3 families reunite

Posted: 05/24/2008 - State child welfare authorities on Friday appealed a stinging court ruling that said their seizure of more than 440 children from a polygamist sect's ranch was unjustified, but they also agreed to reunite 12 children with their parents while the case moves on.

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School bus, semitrailer collide in Wisconsin

Posted: 05/24/2008 - A semi-truck slammed into the back of a school bus that had stopped to drop off students along a highway on Friday afternoon, seriously injuring five people.

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Veterans' burials nonstop at national cemeteries

Posted: 05/24/2008 - The scene at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is repeated nationwide more than 100 times a day. Military veterans are being buried at such a rapid rate that national cemeteries use heavy equipment to make room

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Tornadoes strike western and central Kansas

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Forecasters said Saturday that at least a dozen tornadoes spun across western and central Kansas a day earlier, destroying numerous homes, downing trees and injuring several people.

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Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare

Posted: 05/24/2008 - Convinced the planet's oil supply is dwindling and the world's economies are heading for a crash, some people around the country are moving onto homesteads, learning to live off their land, conserving fuel and, in some cases, stocking up on guns they expect to use to defend themselves and their supplies from desperate crowds of people who didn't prepare.

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3 dead, 3 injured in SoCal chopper crash

Posted: 05/24/2008 - A tour helicopter crashed in rainy weather on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff's deputy said.

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Eastwood's 'Changeling' Goes for Gold at Cannes Festival

Posted: 05/24/2008 - CANNES, France - With all of his Academy Awards and other Hollywood honors, Clint Eastwood is not necessarily in the market for more prizes. He'll never shy away from a contest, though, including the one at the world's most prestigious film showcase.

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