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Israel Confirms Cease-Fire with Hamas

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An Israeli defense official says a cease-fire with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip will begin Thursday. The official says that if the fighting ceases, Israel will agree to ease the blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli says that the talks on efforts to release an Israeli soldier held by Hamas will be intensified.

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Baby Love born to quake victim in China

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A little over a month ago, Zhang Xiaoyan lay in the rubble of her earthquake-shattered apartment building. Trapped for more than 50 hours, she prayed for the life of her unborn child.

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A 6th human foot found on Canada's Pacific coast

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Another human foot was found Wednesday on a British Colombia shoreline, the second this week and the sixth within a year in a bizarre mystery that has confounded police.

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Verizon Communications Inc. Speeds Up FiOS Internet

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Posted: 06/18/2008 - Verizon Communications Inc. is boosting the speed of its FiOS fiber-optic Internet service in 10 states. The FiOS service areas of California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington will see new plans that nearly double Internet speeds, Chief Operating Officer Denny Strigl said in remarks to be delivered at a conference Wednesday.

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Ex-military officer admits to African coup plot

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A British ex-military officer admitted in court Wednesday that he plotted to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea in 2004, saying he was glad the plan fell through.

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Chrysler Takes Aim at GM with Hybrid SUV Prices

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The market for hybrid full-size sport utility vehicles may be small, but Chrysler LLC is determined to get a piece of it, saying Tuesday that its new hybrids will be nearly $8,000 less than competitors from General Motors Corp.

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Teenager from faith-healing family dies in Oregon

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Authorities say a teenager from a faith-healing family died from an illness that could have been easily treated, just a few months after a toddler cousin of his died in a case that has led to criminal charges.

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NC state trooper fatally shot during traffic stop

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Authorities charged a Florida man with first-degree murder Wednesday after a state Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in western North Carolina.

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Egyptian student pleads guilty to terrorist aid

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An Egyptian college student pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help terrorists kill enemies including American soldiers.

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Missing Denali hiker calls mom; Crews searching

Posted: 06/18/2008 - One of two backpackers missing nearly a week in Denali National Park and Preserve called her mother and said they were safe Wednesday, but helicopters sent out after authorities tracked the signal did not immediately find them.

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Bali Bomber Warns of Al-Qaida Attacks if Executed

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An Islamic militant awaiting execution in Indonesia for carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings has warned that al-Qaida would be "very likely" to launch revenge attacks if authorities kill him, a magazine reported.

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Both sides in marriage fight aim for mainstream

Posted: 06/18/2008 - When gay and lesbian couples started getting married in California this week, one set of voices was quiet among the choruses of "Here Come the Brides" - those of the conservative activists who put a same-sex marriage ban on the November ballot.

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South Korea: Japan Should Give Aid to North Korea

Posted: 06/18/2008 - South Korea urged Japan on Wednesday to give North Korea energy and economic aid to help spur progress in negotiations aimed at eliminating the communist nation's nuclear weapons programs.

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St. Louis among 10 Cities Bidding for Final Four

Posted: 06/18/2008 - NCAA is looking for host cities for the Final Four from 2012 to 2016. St. Louis, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston are among those making a pitch. Phoenix is the only city looking to hold its first Final Four.

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Mississippi Barge Traffic Still Frozen by Midwest Flooding

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A 280-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between Fulton, IL and Winfield, MO is expected to remain closed for another 10 days. Up to 10 tows with up to 15 barges each are stuck on the upper part of the river.

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2 Teens Charged in Killings of Mother and Son

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Two teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killings of a woman who was stabbed and cut more than 100 times and her 10-year-old son, who had a television smashed over his head, prosecutors said.

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Engineer is first sentenced for economic espionage

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An engineer who admitted he tried to sell fighter-pilot training software to the Chinese Navy was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in federal prison, in the first sentencing for a newly defined intellectual property crime.

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Argentine Leader Sends Export Tax Law to Congress

Posted: 06/18/2008 - President Cristina Fernandez announced Tuesday that a contentious grain export tax hike will be sent to Congress for debate, agreeing to a key demand of farmers who have waged three months of protests against the increase.

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Guantanamo War Crimes Court Back in Session

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The U.S. war crimes court goes back into session this week as lawyers for defendants look for ways to use a new Supreme Court ruling to derail the prosecution of suspected terrorists.

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McCain calls for building 45 new nuclear reactors

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Sen. John McCain called Wednesday for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged $2 billion a year in federal funds "to make clean coal a reality," measures designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

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Bush urges Congress to lift offshore drilling ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - With gasoline topping $4 a gallon, President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea.

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Rockets, airstrikes come hours before Gaza truce

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would be.

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Obama says bin Laden must not be a martyr

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S. government finds him.

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