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Man says JetBlue made him sit on toilet

Updated: 05/14/2008 - A New York City man is suing JetBlue Airways Corp. for more than $2 million because he says a pilot made him give up his seat to a flight attendant and sit on the toilet for more than three hours on a flight from California.

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Australian fined for buckling in beer, not child

Posted: 05/13/2008 - An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said Tuesday.

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'Darth Vader' spared jail in Jedi church attacks

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Posted: 05/13/2008 - A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.

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Walsh meets with Goodell, set to talk with Specter

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh disclosed no new rules violations in the Spygate scandal during his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or in the tapes that the league released Tuesday.

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Israel Museum puts Dead Sea scroll on rare display

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The priceless manuscript, written by a Judean scribe around 120 B.C., was in a long glass case Tuesday, its neat rows of Hebrew letters distinct and legible. President Bush, visiting Israel this week for the anniversary celebration, will be one of the first to view it.

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NYC judge sentences Remy Ma to 8 years in prison

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The entertainer, whose real name is Remy Smith, had faced up to 25 years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph last July in a dispute over money.

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Short men are short on suits

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Finding a suit that fits is getting easier for the shorter man. National chains still don't offer many options, but legions of shorter men in the country are increasingly discovering specialty stores just for them.

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`Heights' heads Tony nominees list with 13 nods

Posted: 05/13/2008 - "In the Heights," the little barrio musical that brought a fresh salsa and hip-hop beat to Broadway, dominated the 2008 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, picking up 13, more than any other show.

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Man accused of handing pot to court security

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Sheriff Tim Gobble said the items he placed in the bowl included marijuana and rolling papers. When questioned, the man ran from the building, but officers captured him within minutes.

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Texas authorities investigate more polygamy charges

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Behind guarded, ornate gates at the end of a rural road, a self-proclaimed prophet warns his followers about the end of time and rails against a dangerous and unclean world outside their West Texas compound.

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China's panda preserves reported safe

Posted: 05/13/2008 - All the pandas at the world's most famous panda preserve were reported safe late Tuesday, more than a day after China's worst earthquake in three decades closed off the remote, mountainous area.

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Former emir dies in Kuwait

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Kuwait's former emir Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, who ruled this small oil-rich ally of Washington for nine days before being removed for ill health, has died, state television reported.

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Fla. wildfires hit 100 homes; arsonists sought

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Investigators searched Tuesday for one or more arsonists behind a string of stubborn wildfires that have destroyed or damaged about 100 homes on Florida's Atlantic coast.

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Pastor Hagee apologizes for anti-Catholic remarks

Posted: 05/13/2008 - John Hagee, an influential Texas televangelist who endorsed John McCain, apologized to Catholics Tuesday for his stinging criticism of the Roman Catholic Church and for having "emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholic and Protestant relations with the Jews."

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Detroit City Council moves toward ousting mayor

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The City Council narrowly approved taking the first step Tuesday toward removing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is charged with perjury over explicit text messages sent to a former aide.

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National Climate Service Proposed

Posted: 05/13/2008 - With concerns about global warming rising along with the planet's temperature, the head of the federal agency in change of weather research and forecasting is proposing creation of a new National Climate Service.

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Senate votes to halt oil reserve shipments

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Senate, in a direct challenge to President Bush, voted Tuesday to temporarily halt the shipment of thousands of barrels of oil a day into the government's emergency reserve.

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Stocks mixed after retail sales report, oil spikes

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Wall Street traded mixed Tuesday after a report on retail sales and comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave investors little incentive to extend the previous session's big advance. Record oil and gas prices also dampened buying.

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US slashes reward for al-Qaida Iraq leader

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The Bush administration has slashed its reward for the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq from $5 million to $100,000 because it feels he's lost effectiveness and is no longer worth such a steep price, officials said Tuesday.

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Rice says Mideast peace improbable, not impossible

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Ahead of a visit to the Middle East, President Bush expressed some optimism that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement would be struck before his term ends while holding out little hope for a major breakthrough when he arrives in Israel on Wednesday.

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Now the underdog, Clinton looks for win in W.Va.

Posted: 05/13/2008 - Hillary Rodham Clinton collided with Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, persisting in the Democratic presidential race despite dwindling odds and a lengthening delegate deficit.

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Farm bill has little aid for needy children abroad

Posted: 05/13/2008 - A five-year farm bill in Congress this week does little to address the growing global food crisis. Instead, it diverts money that could be spent feeding poor children abroad to give more subsidies for U.S. farmers now enjoying record high crop prices and incomes.

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