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Afghan official: 870 inmates escaped from prison

Posted: 06/14/2008 - U.S. and NATO troops aided Afghan forces with reconnaissance in a hunt Saturday for 870 inmates who escaped prison after a sophisticated Taliban assault that even NATO conceded was a success for the militants.

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Mild weather aids Northern California firefighting

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Milder-than-expected weather on Saturday gave fire crews hope that they could rein in a series of Northern California wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

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Rice: Jewish housing plan undermines peace talks

Posted: 06/14/2008 - The United States took Israel to task Saturday for a planned expansion of Jewish homes in the portion of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim for the capital of a future state.

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G-8 raises alarm over rising oil prices

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Finance ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations urged oil producers Saturday to boost output to help stabilize record-high oil and food prices, calling the situation a serious threat to global economic growth.

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The worst may be behind for Wall Street - or not

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Not long ago, it seemed like the worst was over. As the first quarter wound down, the credit crisis appeared to be easing, the housing market seemed like it might get some footing and Wall Street was growing confident that it had finally found a bottom after months of volatility.

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Paul McCartney gives charity concert in Ukraine

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and thunder Saturday night to see Paul McCartney perform a charity concert on Kiev's central Independence Square.

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107-year-old man leads high school alumni parade

Posted: 06/14/2008 - C. Yardley Chittick sneaked off school grounds with Humphrey Bogart and other schoolmates, but Phillips Academy on Saturday let its oldest living graduate off the hook.

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McDonald's returns sliced tomatoes to menu

Posted: 06/14/2008 - McDonald's Corp. says it will begin serving sliced tomatoes again after a multistate salmonella outbreak caused the world's largest restaurant chain to yank the vegetable from its sandwiches.

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Cost of raid on polygamist camp tops $14 million

Posted: 06/14/2008 - The cost of the April raid on a polygamist compound in West Texas is expected to top $14 million, about one-third of it in lawyers' fees, according to a published analysis of state records.

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Saudi oil chief to address reports of oil increase

Posted: 06/14/2008 - Saudi Arabia's oil minister on Sunday will address reports that the world's largest oil-producing country is set to raise production by about 500,000 barrels per day, his adviser said.

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Cedar Rapids flood recedes; Des Moines levee fails

Posted: 06/14/2008 - The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa's second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.

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John Waters Swears Off the Word 'Hon' and Honfest

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Honfest, an annual celebration of beehive hairdos, cat's-eye glasses and other kitschy fashions, is getting bigger and bigger. Participants are known as "Hons" in honor of the ubiquitous Baltimore term of endearment. Waters has used the image of the Hon in the past - perhaps most memorably in 1988's "Hairspray," which was adapted into a Broadway musical and then back into a film starring John Travolta. He thinks "Hairspray" is one reason why Hons became a Baltimore icon. John Waters, the filmmaker known for raunchy odes to his hometown, says he won't use the word or the image in any of his scripts, and he doesn't think the city should promote it, either.

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Musicians Union Sues `American Idol' Producers

Posted: 06/13/2008 - A musicians union has filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of "American Idol," claiming musicians were underpaid because the show's live music was re-recorded for reruns.

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Cuba deports US man on porn, sex charges

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Cuba proved to be no refuge for an American fugitive who was deported Friday to face federal charges in California of sexually abusing a Costa Rican girl and possessing child pornography.

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Bill Cosby to get in some licks on drums at jazz festival

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Bill Cosby quips that he gave up his dreams of becoming a professional jazz drummer and turned to comedy after seeing how easily the pioneer bebop drummer Max Roach handled rhythmically complex tunes that he struggled to get through.

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Dem convention panel faces $15 million shortfall

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The host committee for the Democratic National Convention faces a possible shortfall of $15 million, complicating logistics for the August event and forcing it to abruptly postpone a media walkthrough of the site scheduled for next week.

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Pro-judge protesters mass in Pakistan's capital

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed into Pakistan's capital Friday for a raucous, sweat-soaked rally led by lawyers demanding the reinstatement of judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf.

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Obama wants payroll tax on incomes above $250,000

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Friday called for higher payroll taxes on wage-earners making more than $250,000 annually, a step that would affect the wealthiest 3 percent of Americans.

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Alaska Village Threatened by Warming Gets Funding

Posted: 06/13/2008 - One of Alaska's most eroded villages is getting more than $3 million in state aid to help it relocate to higher ground as Alaska tries to cope with the effects of global warming.

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Start of Guantanamo Trials in Doubt

Posted: 06/13/2008 - The imminent start of war-crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay was thrown into doubt Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled that detainees have constitutional rights and can appeal to civilian courts.

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