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Alabama Sheriffs Feed Inmates on $1.75 a Day

Posted: 05/16/2008 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Back in the day of chain gangs, Alabama passed a law that gave sheriffs $1.75 a day to feed each prisoner in their jails, and the sheriffs got to pocket anything that was left over.

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Saudis See No Reason to Raise Oil Production Now

Posted: 05/16/2008 - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's leaders made clear Friday they see no reason to increase oil production until customers demand it, apparently rebuffing President Bush amid soaring U.S. gasoline prices.

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Surprise rebound in housing, outlook still shaky

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The Commerce Department reported Friday that housing construction rose by 8.2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million units. Building of single-family homes continued to weaken, however. The growth came from a big jump in apartment construction.

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DeGeneres, De Rossi Plan To Marry

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Ellen DeGeneres is putting the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage into action — she and Portia de Rossi plan to wed, DeGeneres announced during a taping of her talk show.

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Al-Maliki Offers Amnesty In Mosul

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered members of armed groups in Mosul an amnesty in exchange for surrendering their weapons.

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Oil sets record near $128; pump price at high, too

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The gains come 10 days before the Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the peak U.S. summer driving season, suggesting that retail gas prices have further to rise.

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Spokesman: Gunfire Hits Iranian Convoy In Baghdad

Posted: 05/16/2008 - An Iranian Embassy convoy came under fire in Baghdad, wounding two Iranian diplomats and two other staff, a spokesman said Friday. Tehran accused the United States of encouraging attacks against Iranian interests in Iraq.

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Vitamin D may help curb breast cancer, study finds

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The skin makes vitamin D from ultraviolet light. Too much sunlight can raise the risk of skin cancer, but small amounts - 15 minutes or so a few times a week without sunscreen - may be beneficial, many doctors believe.

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Zimbabwe Presidential Election Set For June 27

Posted: 05/16/2008 - An election runoff between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be held June 27, the electoral commission said in an announcement published Friday.

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Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Fuels War

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Osama bin Laden said in a new audio recording released Friday that al-Qaida will continue its holy war against Israel and its allies until it liberates Palestine.

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Saudis See No Reason To Raise Oil Production Now

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Saudi Arabian leaders made clear Friday they see no reason to increase oil production until their customers demand it, apparently rebuffing President Bush amid soaring U.S. gasoline prices.

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Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Nearly 78,000

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The cyclone's official death toll has nearly doubled to almost 78,000 and another 56,000 people remain missing two weeks after the devastating storm, state television reported Friday.

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Survivors Pulled From Rubble Of China Quake

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Rescuers pulled survivors from the rubble Friday who had been buried for four days as a strong aftershock sparked landslides near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake.

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GE Plans To Exit Appliance Business

Posted: 05/16/2008 - General Electric Co. said Friday that it plans to sell or spin off its iconic appliance business that for a century sold refrigerators, air conditioners and ovens for millions of homes.

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