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Up To 9 Hurricanes Expected For '08

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season should be about as bad as normal or slightly busier, with a good chance of six to nine hurricanes forming, federal forecasters said Thursday in a new way of making predictions.

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South Africa Braces For More Bloodshed

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Johannesburg quieter after xenophobic attacks on immigrants left 42 dead and driven more than 25,000 from their home, but troops remain on standby

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Russia, China Unite Against U.S. Defense Plan

Posted: 05/23/2008 - On a visit to China by russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the two countries sign a statement criticizing the United States plan to build a global missile defense system.

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Report Says Nation's Wildlife Refuges Underfunded

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Wildlife group reports understaffing and lack of funding has left national parks open to immigrant camps, drugs, and crime, claims the park system is underfunded by about 43 percent.

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Memorial Day Travelers Face Headwinds

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Record gas prices force some would-be holiday weekend drivers to stay off the roads. Travel expected to lessen for first time since 2002. In all, though, 12% of Americans are expected to hit the road for the holiday.

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NASA Preps for '7 Minutes of Terror' on Mars

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Mars Phoenix Lander team will be biting their nails Sunday when probe lands on the Red Planet in search of signs of life. It will hit the atmosphere at about 13,00 mph, in just 7 minutes, slam on brakes and touch down

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Sect Parents Cheer Court Ruling, Await Next Step

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Appellate court gives judge ten days to return children from the fundamentalist church to their parents. State now must decide if it wants to take the matter to the Texas Supreme Court.

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China Tries To Think Of Life After Quake

Posted: 05/23/2008 - In destroyed town, rescue effort quietly gives way to cleanup. Death toll from the massive quake climbs to more than 55,000. Government scrambles to find tents for the more than five million left homeless.

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U.N. Chief Convinces Myanmar To Accept Aid

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emerges from meeting with junta boss, apparently victorious after assurances that the government will allow in all aid workers.

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Audit: Iraq Contracts Skirted Fraud Rules

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A Defense Department probe finds Pentagon paid nearly $8 billion with little or no oversight, or even proof of work and claims nearly every contract flouted federal laws and regulations.

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AP: McCain Appears Healthy, Cancer-Free

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The Republican candidate releases his medical records after a long delay, hoping to ease voters fears about his age. Doctor says she can find no evidence of new developing skin cancers.

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Troubled Sanyo Swings Back to Profit

Updated: 05/22/2008 - Sanyo Electric Co., which has been struggling to turn around its scandal-plagued business, swung to profit in the fiscal year through March for the first time in four years, the Japanese electronics maker said Thursday.

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Manson Ranch Dig Called Off with No Bodies Found

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Investigators and scientists went to Charles Manson's last hideout to hunt for clandestine graves that could contain other possible victims. The closest thing they found were animal bones.

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Indian Children Burn Toy Guns in Protest

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Hundreds of children from a village in India's insurgency-wracked northeast have burned their toy guns in a symbolic protest against the violence that surrounds them, activists said Thursday.

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Scientists Witness Start of Star's Explosive Death

Posted: 05/22/2008 - In a stroke of cosmic luck, astronomers for the first time witnessed the start of one of the universe's most fiery events: the end of a star's life as it exploded into a supernova.

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Democrats Adopt Boisterous Puerto Rican Style

Posted: 05/22/2008 - To win Puerto Rico's presidential primary, both the Clinton and Obama camps are campaigning in the boisterous, face-to-face "boricua style" favored on this Caribbean island.

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Drug Industry Contributing More to Democrats

Posted: 05/22/2008 - In a sharp reversal, drug and medical device companies are giving more money to Democrats than Republicans this election season, one more sign of the campaign difficulties the GOP could face this November.

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California Quake Scientists Detail Impact of 'Big One'

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The "Big One," as earthquake scientists imagine it in a detailed, first-of-its-kind script, unzips California's mighty San Andreas Fault north of the Mexican border. In less than two minutes, Los Angeles and its sprawling suburbs are shaking like a bowl of jelly.

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Commander: Al-Qaida in Iraq is at its Weakest

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The al-Qaida terror group in Iraq appears to be at its weakest state since it gained an initial foothold in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion five years ago, the acting commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday in an Associated Press interview.

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Jobless claims drop to lowest level in 4 weeks

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The number of newly laid off workers filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest level in a month. The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for jobless benefits totaled 365,000, down by 9,000 from last week. Economists had expected claims to rise slightly.

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US to review Gitmo juvenile numbers

Posted: 05/22/2008 - U.S. officials said Thursday they will review whether more juveniles were detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay than the eight they have reported.

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Flight Delays Costing U.S. $41 Billion

Posted: 05/22/2008 - The congressional Joint Economic Committee, in a report released Thursday, found that the total cost of domestic air traffic delays to the American economy in 2007 was almost $41 billion.

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Cop Gets 4 ½ Years In Death Of 92-Year-Old

Posted: 05/22/2008 - A city police officer was sentenced Thursday to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying to investigators about a botched drug raid that ended in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman.

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Petraeus Eyes Sept. Troop Cuts Decision

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday he is likely to recommend further U.S. troop reductions in Iraq but will not promise more details until September - timing that plunges the four-star Army general into the heart of this year's presidential elections.

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