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Thai School Gets Transvestite Bathrooms

Posted: 06/18/2008 - For teen boys who prefer to dress as girls at one rural high school in Thailand, taking a bathroom break no longer means choosing between "male" and "female" restrooms. There's now a "transvestite toilet."

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States Eye Uniform Graduation Rate Reporting

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Comparing graduation rates from state to state, or even school to school, can be difficult because all kinds of methods are used to determine them. Federal officials have a solution that could make that process easier - and more accurate - within the next five years.

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Veganic Farmers Work without Animal Fertilizers

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients. Veganic farmers take it to another level by not using any manures or slaughterhouse byproducts. They don't even use organically approved pesticides.

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Washington's Elite Honor Russert

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Journalists and political leaders joined Maureen and Luke Russert at Wednesday's Kennedy Center service mourning the "Meet the Press" host. Russert died Friday at age 58.

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Anglican Bible Conservatives Hold Strategy Summit

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Less than a month ahead of a global gathering of Anglican leaders, conservative bishops angry about the liberalism of churches in the United States, Canada and elsewhere are meeting for a strategy summit in Jordan and Israel.

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McCain Promotes Energy Policies in SW Missouri

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain addressed a wide range of topics during a town-hall style forum before about 500 people at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO Wednesday.

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Microsoft Buys TV Ad Technology Company Navic

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it has acquired Navic Networks, which specializes in emerging forms of television advertising technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Former detainee blames trauma on US captors

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Four years after his release from Abu Ghraib, Ali al-Qaisi has nightmares and insomnia he blames on injuries - physical and psychological - suffered at the hands of his American captors.

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Afghan, NATO troops kill 36 Taliban near Kandahar

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Backed by helicopters firing missiles, hundreds of NATO and Afghan forces hunted Taliban militants in villages outside Kandahar on Wednesday, killing dozens of insurgents.

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Nebraska Prosecutor Refiles Dismissed Murder Charge

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Hours after a judge dismissed the case, prosecutors refiled murder charges against 26-year old Derrick West-Jones for killing a woman at an Omaha apartment building. A judge cited lack of evidence, but prosecutors say they have a strong case.

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Sweden adopts law allowing official eavesdropping

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Sweden's Parliament narrowly approved a law Wednesday that gives authorities sweeping powers to eavesdrop on all e-mail and telephone traffic that crosses the Nordic nation's borders.

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US: Shiites behind deadly truck bombing in Baghdad

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The U.S. military blamed a renegade Shiite militiaman on Wednesday for a truck bombing that killed 63 people in a Shiite area of Baghdad, saying he was trying to re-ignite sectarian violence for personal gain.

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Somalis flee terror, pour into Kenya refugee camp

Posted: 06/18/2008 - 20,000 Somalis decided to flee their homeland this year, heading to the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya where they recalled a life of terror in Mogadishu.

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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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