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After crane collapse, experts call for more tests

Posted: 05/31/2008 - The towering cranes that build America's skyscrapers are often not properly inspected for wear, fatigue and other potentially dangerous structural problems, several construction safety experts said following a deadly accident in New York.

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Students skip slime, stink with virtual dissection

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Mandates in 14 states, including Virginia and Maryland, that allow biology students to opt out of dissection without jeopardizing their grades are fueling interest in virtual dissection as an alternative tool for teaching anatomy.

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Chinese authorities prepare to drain swelling lake

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Chinese authorities prepared on Saturday to drain a swelling lake formed by a devastating earthquake, completing work on a drainage channel to divert water that threatens hundreds of thousands downstream.

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Tornado tears up homes, trees in Indianapolis

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Residents cleaned up Saturday after a tornado plowed a trail of destruction through the east side of Indianapolis, but they gave thanks that nobody was killed and that the only injuries were minor.

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FEMA finishing closure of Louisiana trailer parks

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Cleveland Stampley grinned as he locked the door to his FEMA trailer one last time. Out front, a case worker's pickup truck waited to take him to his new home at a nearby apartment complex.

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Shuttle Discovery blasts off for space station

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven blasted into orbit Saturday, carrying a giant Japanese lab addition to the international space station along with something more mundane - a toilet pump.

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Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy

Posted: 05/31/2008 - "This is not a decision I come to lightly ... and it is one I make with some sadness," Obama said at a news conference after campaign officials released a letter of resignation he sent to the church on Friday.

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Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Democratic Party leaders agreed Saturday seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half votes into this summer's convention with a compromise that left Barack Obama on the verge of the nomination but riled Hillary Rodham Clinton backers who threatened to fight to the August convention.

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12 Set For Finals At National Spelling Bee

Posted: 05/30/2008 - Twelve boys and girls have advanced to the finals of the National Spelling Bee. The finals will be held Friday night in Washington, D.C.

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Food Aid To Africa In Decline

Posted: 05/30/2008 - International help will fall short of goals set by wealthy nations, U.S. report shows.

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