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Ex-State officials allege corruption in Iraq

Posted: 05/12/2008 - The Bush administration repeatedly ignored corruption at the highest levels within the Iraqi government and kept secret potentially embarrassing information so as not to undermine its relationship with Baghdad, according to two former State Department employees.

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China's inflation rises to almost 12-year high

Posted: 05/12/2008 - China's inflation almost climbed to a 12-year high in April, swamping official efforts to cool surging living costs that could provoke unrest ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

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Wildfires force evacuations in central Florida

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Dry, windy weather fueled several wildfires on Florida's central Atlantic coast Monday, destroying at least three homes and driving hundreds of residents away as the governor declared a state of emergency.

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Federal government surplus for April shrinks

Posted: 05/12/2008 - The federal government ran a budget surplus of $159.3 billion in April, smaller than a year ago. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the budget surplus for April was 10.4 percent lower than in April 2007.

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Iraq: Sadr City cease-fire signed after weeks of fighting

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Iraq's main Shiite political bloc and supporters of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed a fragile cease-fire in Baghdad's Sadr City on Monday, hoping to end seven weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead.

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China quake death toll rises above 8,700

Posted: 05/12/2008 - A powerful earthquake toppled buildings, schools and chemical plants Monday in central China, killing more than 8,700 people and trapping untold numbers in mounds of concrete, steel and earth in the country's worst quake in three decades.

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4 Sean Taylor murder suspects won't face death penalty

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Prosecutors said Monday they will not seek the death penalty against four people charged with murdering Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor because the accused shooter was a minor when the crime was committed.

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Congress divided on energy plan

Posted: 05/12/2008 - As millions of people approach the summer vacation season under the threat of $4-per-gallon gasoline, Congress is scrambling to respond. But don't wait for anything that will drive down prices at the pump.

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Old gas pumps can't handle ever-rising prices

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Mom-and-pop service stations are running into a problem as gasoline marches toward $4 a gallon: Thousands of old-fashioned pumps can't register more than $3.99 on their spinning mechanical dials.

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Crude falls after hitting new record above $126

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Oil prices briefly spiked to a new record above $126 a barrel Monday but ended the day lower as investors cashed in profits and an earthquake in China raised the possibility of a drop in demand.

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Medical Helicopter Crash Kills Doctor, Nurse, Pilot

Posted: 05/12/2008 - A medical helicopter dropped off a patient and then crashed shortly after it took off on its return flight to Madison, killing the surgeon, nurse and pilot on board, officials said Sunday.

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Foam companies agree to $30M settlement in R.I. club fire

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Several foam manufacturers have agreed to pay $30 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 fire that killed 100 people and hurt more than 200.

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Families make case for vaccine link to autism

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Parents claiming that childhood vaccines cause autism should not be rewarded by the courts when the scientific community has already rejected any link, government lawyers argued Monday on the first day of a hearing in federal court.

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Obama defends his patriotism, quarrels with McCain

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Wearing a flag lapel pin, Sen. Barack Obama emphasized his patriotism and support for a strong and humane military Monday, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton implored West Virginians to sustain her hopes of somehow denying him the Democratic presidential nomination.

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2008 turns out to be a year of trouble for China

Posted: 05/12/2008 - China hoped 2008 would be a yearlong celebration, a time to bask in the spotlight of the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Instead, the Year of the Rat has also brought a wave of troubles - both natural and man-made - that are putting a heavy strain on the communist leadership.

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Wildfires force evacuations in central Florida

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Dry, windy weather fueled several wildfires on Florida's central Atlantic coast Monday, destroying at least three homes and driving hundreds of residents away as the governor declared a state of emergency.

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Paging Dr. Jones: Crystal skull stolen

Posted: 05/12/2008 - A large crystal skull similar to those at the center of the upcoming Harrison Ford movie was recently stolen from a New Age store, puzzling employees in part because of the laid-back nature of shop regulars.

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Nagging via text messages to help teens remember meds

Posted: 05/12/2008 - 4gt yr meds? Getting kids to remember their medicine may be a text message away. Cincinnati doctors are experimenting with texting to tackle a big problem: Tweens and teens too often do a lousy job of controlling chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes or kidney disease.

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NBC says Fallon will succeed O'Brien

Posted: 05/12/2008 - NBC's plan is to have O'Brien move west to take over for Jay Leno at the "Tonight" show next year. After a break to refurbish the Rockefeller Center studio where O'Brien now works, the 33-year-old Fallon will take over.

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First lady says storm threatened wedding plans

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Storms that spawned violent tornadoes over the weekend slammed into President Bush's Texas ranch and threatened to disrupt wedding plans for Jenna Bush and Henry Hager, first lady Laura Bush said Monday.

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Clear Channel, banks, buyers in settlement talks

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Clear Channel Communications Inc. and its prospective buyers are in talks with banks to try to settle a dispute over whether the banks must fund promised loans for the $19.5 billion takeover, the radio and outdoor advertising company said Monday.

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