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Stocks mixed after retail sales report, oil spikes

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Wall Street traded mixed Tuesday after a report on retail sales and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave investors little incentive to extend the previous session's big advance. Record oil and gas prices also dampened buying.

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US slashes reward for al-Qaida Iraq leader

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Bush administration has slashed its reward for the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq from $5 million to $100,000 because it feels he's lost effectiveness and is no longer worth such a steep price, officials said Tuesday.

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Rice says Mideast peace improbable, not impossible

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Ahead of a visit to the Middle East, President Bush expressed some optimism that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement would be struck before his term ends while holding out little hope for a major breakthrough when he arrives in Israel on Wednesday.

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Now the underdog, Clinton looks for win in W.Va.

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Hillary Rodham Clinton collided with Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, persisting in the Democratic presidential race despite dwindling odds and a lengthening delegate deficit.

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Farm bill has little aid for needy children abroad

Posted: 05/13/2008 - A five-year farm bill in Congress this week does little to address the growing global food crisis. Instead, it diverts money that could be spent feeding poor children abroad to give more subsidies for U.S. farmers now enjoying record high crop prices and incomes.

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Vatican: It's OK To Believe In Aliens

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

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Median Home Prices Drop In Many Cities

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The price declines in 67 percent of the areas surveyed was the largest percentage of areas reporting declining prices in the history of the Realtors' survey, which goes back to 1979. Prices had fallen in 34 percent of the cities surveyed in the October-December survey.

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Detroit City Council Moves Toward Ousting Mayor

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Wayne County prosecutor's office charged Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty with perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice on March 24, less than a week after the council voted 7-1 on a nonbinding resolution asking Kilpatrick to resign.

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Military Cracks Down On Scrap-Metal Scavengers

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Bombing ranges have become prime hunting grounds for so-called "scrappers," who are motivated by soaring commodity prices to take greater risks in their quest for brass, copper and aluminum. The scavenging causes headaches for the military, which cannot patrol every inch of the remote bases where spent ammunition, shrapnel and unexploded ordnance are easy to find.

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Senate: Let First Responders Unionize

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The bill would guarantee public safety officers the right to join unions and bargain over wages, hours and conditions of employment. It also would ban them from going on strike.

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Senate Says Halt Oil Reserve Shipments

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Until both chambers of Congress pass the emergency reserve directive and Bush signs it - or Congress enacts it over a presidential veto - the legislation has no force of law. But the Senate's message to the president Tuesday was a strong one.

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Retailer Meijer Fined For Campaign Violations

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said an investigation found Meijer violated state law last year by donating to an effort to recall seven elected Acme Township officials who objected to the chain's development plans, and by failing to report its activities.

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McCain To Make Cameo On "Saturday Night Live"

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Aides traveling with McCain in the Pacific Northwest said the Arizona senator will appear on the program, to be hosted by comedian Steve Carell, although they were mum about the details of his sketch.

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Ky. Lawyers, Horse Owners On Trial In Kentucky

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The two attorneys own 20 percent of Curlin, a Horse of Year who was successful in last year's Triple Crown events. But their share has been frozen and a judge has said he will order them to surrender that share of the $3.5 million colt to satisfy a $42 million civil judgment over the diet drug fen-phen.

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Judge Dismisses Case Of Woman Who Says Veil Cost Her Claim

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Judge told woman he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness and gave her a choice: Take off the veil or have the case dismissed. She kept it on and sued the judge last year alleging he violated her religious and civil rights.

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Pastor Apologizes For Anti-Catholic Remarks

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Pastor's support for McCain has drawn criticism from some Catholic leaders. McCain has said he does not agree with some of John Hagee's past comments.

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Walsh Meets With Goodell, Set To Talk With Specter

Posted: 05/13/2008 - An investigation began after the NFL confiscated tapes from a Patriots employee who recorded the New York Jets' defensive signals from the sideline during the 2007 opener. New England coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000, while the team was fined $250,000 and forced to forfeit its 2008 first-round draft choice.

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