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Missing Denali hiker calls mom; Crews searching

Posted: 06/18/2008 - One of two backpackers missing nearly a week in Denali National Park and Preserve called her mother and said they were safe Wednesday, but helicopters sent out after authorities tracked the signal did not immediately find them.

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Bali Bomber Warns of Al-Qaida Attacks if Executed

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An Islamic militant awaiting execution in Indonesia for carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings has warned that al-Qaida would be "very likely" to launch revenge attacks if authorities kill him, a magazine reported.

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Both sides in marriage fight aim for mainstream

Posted: 06/18/2008 - When gay and lesbian couples started getting married in California this week, one set of voices was quiet among the choruses of "Here Come the Brides" - those of the conservative activists who put a same-sex marriage ban on the November ballot.

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South Korea: Japan Should Give Aid to North Korea

Posted: 06/18/2008 - South Korea urged Japan on Wednesday to give North Korea energy and economic aid to help spur progress in negotiations aimed at eliminating the communist nation's nuclear weapons programs.

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St. Louis among 10 Cities Bidding for Final Four

Posted: 06/18/2008 - NCAA is looking for host cities for the Final Four from 2012 to 2016. St. Louis, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Detroit and Houston are among those making a pitch. Phoenix is the only city looking to hold its first Final Four.

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Mississippi Barge Traffic Still Frozen by Midwest Flooding

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A 280-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between Fulton, IL and Winfield, MO is expected to remain closed for another 10 days. Up to 10 tows with up to 15 barges each are stuck on the upper part of the river.

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2 Teens Charged in Killings of Mother and Son

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Two teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killings of a woman who was stabbed and cut more than 100 times and her 10-year-old son, who had a television smashed over his head, prosecutors said.

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Engineer is first sentenced for economic espionage

Posted: 06/18/2008 - An engineer who admitted he tried to sell fighter-pilot training software to the Chinese Navy was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in federal prison, in the first sentencing for a newly defined intellectual property crime.

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Argentine Leader Sends Export Tax Law to Congress

Posted: 06/18/2008 - President Cristina Fernandez announced Tuesday that a contentious grain export tax hike will be sent to Congress for debate, agreeing to a key demand of farmers who have waged three months of protests against the increase.

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Guantanamo War Crimes Court Back in Session

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The U.S. war crimes court goes back into session this week as lawyers for defendants look for ways to use a new Supreme Court ruling to derail the prosecution of suspected terrorists.

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McCain calls for building 45 new nuclear reactors

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Sen. John McCain called Wednesday for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged $2 billion a year in federal funds "to make clean coal a reality," measures designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

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Bush urges Congress to lift offshore drilling ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - With gasoline topping $4 a gallon, President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea.

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Rockets, airstrikes come hours before Gaza truce

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would be.

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Obama says bin Laden must not be a martyr

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S. government finds him.

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Obama Rebukes McCain Camp on Terrorism Criticism

Updated: 07/02/2008 - A defiant Barack Obama said Tuesday he would take no lectures from Republicans on which candidate would keep the U.S. safer, a sharp rebuke to John McCain's aides who said the Democrat had a naive, Sept. 10 mind-set toward terrorism.

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Cuban TV Shows New Images of Ailing Fidel Castro

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Cuban television on Tuesday showed the first images of Fidel Castro in more than five months, broadcasting a silent video of the ailing revolutionary chatting in a garden with visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Oregon Woman Plans to Parade Topless on July 4

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A woman seen frequently in Ashland riding topless on her bicycle says she plans to be in Ashland's Fourth of July parade free and independent of all clothing but a hemp G-string. The Chamber of Commerce says that's contrary to the rules for the family celebration. She says she'll sue if she can't parade as she wishes.

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Media, Lawmakers Hear Eulogy from Tim Russert's Son

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Presidential foes John McCain and Barack Obama sat side-by-side at a memorial service for journalist Tim Russert Wednesday. They were among politicians and media members on hand. Russert's 22-year old son, Luke, gave the eulogy.

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Michelle Obama Grateful for First Lady's Defense

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Michelle Obama appears on ABC's "The View" Wednesday and says she appreciated First Lady Laura Bush's defense of comments Obama made about being proud of the United States. Obama says she admires Bush's calm approach.

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Bush Seeks End To Offshore Drilling Ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - President Bush asks congress to lift ban on offshore drilling. Congressional Democrats were quick to reject the push for lifting the drilling moratorium. Bush also proposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

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Astronomers Discover Three New Planets

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Three "Super-Earths" discovered near a star thought to have nothing orbiting it. Smallest is about four times the size of Earth. One scientist says they are too hot to support life.

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Stocks Fall Amid Concerns about Financials, FedEx

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Stocks extended their declines Wednesday amid renewed concerns about the financial sector and after FedEx Corp. warned that weakening demand and surging fuel costs would weigh on fiscal 2009 profits.

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Tiger Woods to have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Tiger Woods will miss the rest of the season because of surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, an injury he has been dealing with the last 10 months despite winning nine of 12 tournaments.

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