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Bill Cosby to get in some licks on drums at jazz festival

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Bill Cosby quips that he gave up his dreams of becoming a professional jazz drummer and turned to comedy after seeing how easily the pioneer bebop drummer Max Roach handled rhythmically complex tunes that he struggled to get through.

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Dem convention panel faces $15 million shortfall

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The host committee for the Democratic National Convention faces a possible shortfall of $15 million, complicating logistics for the August event and forcing it to abruptly postpone a media walkthrough of the site scheduled for next week.

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Pro-judge protesters mass in Pakistan's capital

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed into Pakistan's capital Friday for a raucous, sweat-soaked rally led by lawyers demanding the reinstatement of judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf.

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Obama wants payroll tax on incomes above $250,000

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Friday called for higher payroll taxes on wage-earners making more than $250,000 annually, a step that would affect the wealthiest 3 percent of Americans.

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Alaska Village Threatened by Warming Gets Funding

Posted: 06/13/2008 - One of Alaska's most eroded villages is getting more than $3 million in state aid to help it relocate to higher ground as Alaska tries to cope with the effects of global warming.

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Start of Guantanamo Trials in Doubt

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The imminent start of war-crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay was thrown into doubt Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled that detainees have constitutional rights and can appeal to civilian courts.

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Upper Midwest flooding forces evacuations

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Rising water from the Cedar River forced the evacuation of a downtown hospital Friday after residents of more than 3,000 homes fled for higher ground. A railroad bridge collapsed, and 400 city blocks were under water.

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Ford tells union more cuts needed as market slumps

Posted: 06/13/2008 - With the U.S. auto market worsening for Ford Motor Co. almost daily, managers told union officials Friday that the company will have to further reduce its factory work force in the coming months.

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Chile volcano eruption regains strength

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The six-week eruption of a volcano in southern Chile has regained strength with bursts of thick gas, seismic rumblings and the emergence of two new craters.

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NYC woman gets 5 years for branding ex-lover

Posted: 06/13/2008 - A college student who branded a former lover's body with a scalding piece of metal as payback for never calling her after they had sex was sentenced to five years in prison Friday.

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Rainier Hiker Sacrificed Himself to Save his Wife

Posted: 06/13/2008 - A hiker who lost his life on Mount Rainier lay down in the snow and used his body's warmth to protect his wife and a friend from the 70-mph winds of a freak June blizzard, national park officials said.

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Rice offers regrets to Pakistan for border deaths

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered her personal regrets to Pakistan on Friday for the deaths of soldiers whom the United States called partners in the battle against terrorism. The two nations remained at odds over what happened and whether the U.S. accidentally killed friendly forces.

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Finance ministers weigh rising oil, food prices

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Finance ministers from the world's top industrialized nations vowed Friday to grapple with the economic risks of soaring oil and food prices, as well as assist developing countries in the fight against global warming.

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Study sees discrepancies in VA care for men, women

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many VA facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels.

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Salmonella Fear Traps Tomatoes in Mexico

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Export-quality tomatoes labeled "Ready to Eat" in English flooded Mexico City markets on Thursday after a salmonella scare in the U.S. trapped them south of the border.

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Insulation co. settles for $25M in nightclub fire

Posted: 06/13/2008 - A company that made insulation used in a Rhode Island nightclub that burned down five years ago has agreed to pay $25 million to survivors of the fire and relatives of the 100 people killed.

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Whoopi Goldberg is set to keep Tonys on track

Posted: 06/13/2008 - It's a quality that will come in handy Sunday during the busy, three-hour CBS telecast (8-11 p.m. EDT) of the 2008 Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall where Goldberg will be in charge of keeping things moving as Broadway salutes the best of the past theater season.

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Armed Robbers Steal Picasso Prints in Brazil

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Three armed robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints from a Sao Paulo art museum on Thursday in a rapid strike in which the thieves bypassed more valuable works to grab the stolen pieces, police said.

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Analysis: Bush making grand promises in Europe

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Roaming across Europe on a glamorous weeklong goodbye, President Bush does not sound like a man with dismal poll ratings, dwindling influence and just seven months left in office.

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Oil settles below $135 after OPEC questions prices

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Oil prices pulled back Friday after OPEC questioned whether crude can remain so high and the dollar gained against the euro. Meanwhile, U.S. filling station operators pushed average gas prices deeper into record territory.

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Emergency inspection of personal jets ordered

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Federal regulators have ordered the immediate inspection of throttles on small personal jets manufactured by Eclipse Aviation Corp. after one plane made an emergency landing in Chicago.

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