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Low Mississippi River Creates 97-Boat Jam

Posted: 08/20/2012 - The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 boats and barges are waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels.

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Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies At 95 In Los Angeles

Updated: 08/20/2012 - Phyllis Diller, the housewife-turned-comedienne with the cackling laugh who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home. She was 95.

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Akin Apologizes For Rape Comments; Obama Says "Rape Is Rape"

Updated: 10/18/2012 - Republican Rep. Todd Akin on Monday apologized for the controversial remarks he made over the weekend about abortion and rape, but he said he has no plans to drop out of the Missouri Senate race despite building pressure from within the GOP.

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14-Year-Old Swims Solo Across Lake Ontario

Posted: 08/20/2012 - A Canadian 14-year-old completed a nearly 27-hour, 31.6-mile solo swim across Lake Ontario on Sunday, becoming the youngest person ever to make the trek.

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Kansas Congressman Apologizes For Skinny Dipping

Updated: 08/19/2012 - A Kansas lawmaker has apologized for an incident that occurred during a congressional trip to Israel where, after a night of partying and drinking, sources say he took off all of his clothes and jumped into the Sea of Galilee, a Christian holy site where, in the Bible, Jesus is said to have walked on water.

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UA Flight Has Engine "Issue," Lands Safely In NJ

Posted: 08/19/2012 - Authorities say a United Airlines flight has landed safely at Newark after taking off from the airport for Berlin then returning when something apparently went wrong with the engine.

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Weeds Take Root In Crops, Climate Change, Cuisine

Posted: 08/19/2012 - The dictionary definition of a weed: "A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted." (American Heritage Dictionary)

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Idaho Evacuations Ordered Due To Thick Smoke

Fire

Posted: 08/19/2012 - Thunderstorms and lightning threatened fire officials' plans to contain a large blaze in central Washington state as hundreds of Washington and California residents returned home to find out whether their homes were spared.

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Panetta Prods Karzai On Afghan Insider Killings

Posted: 08/19/2012 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

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Russian Punk Rock Band Still In Prison For Hooliganism

Posted: 08/19/2012 - Three members of Russian female punk rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church.

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"The Tonight Show" Lays Off 20, Leno's Takes Pay Cut

Posted: 08/19/2012 - Between 20 and 25 employees of NBC's "The Tonight Show" have been laid off and host Jay Leno has taken a substantial pay cut, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN on Saturday

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Ryan In Fla. Makes Emotional Pitch For Medicare

Updated: 10/18/2012 - In front of thousands of Florida seniors, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan made a highly emotional appeal for his Medicare reforms and slammed a 15-member board charged with slowing the cost growth of the popular entitlement program.

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Obama: Ryan Plan Would Reduce Romney's Tax Rate To 1 Percent

Updated: 10/18/2012 - Under the budget plan offered by Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Mitt Romney would "pay less than 1 percent in taxes each year," President Obama charged during a New Hampshire campaign swing Saturday.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Due To Appear Amid Standoff

Updated: 10/18/2012 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange planned to make his first public appearance Sunday since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.

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