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Indictment: Vt. Girl's Uncle Took Her Home For Sex

Posted: 07/02/2008 - A 14-year-old witness told investigators a missing Vermont girl's uncle brought the girl to his home to initiate her into a child sex ring, federal officials said in an affidavit released Wednesday.

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Manhattan Apartment Sales Drop, but Prices Climb

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Apartment prices in Manhattan posted double-digit gains even as tight credit conditions and continued unrest on Wall Street slowed sales for the second straight quarter, according to two reports released Wednesday.

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McCain Denies Claim That He Roughed Up Sandinista

Posted: 07/02/2008 - John McCain denied a Republican colleague's claim that he roughed up an associate of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on a diplomatic mission in 1987, saying the allegation was "simply not true."

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Bush Concedes 'Tough Month' In Afghanistan

Posted: 07/02/2008 - President Bush said Wednesday it has been a "tough month" in Afghanistan, where more U.S. and NATO troops died during the past two months than in Iraq. The Pentagon said it is too strapped to send more forces to Afghanistan now.

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Colombia Frees Betancourt, Americans

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Colombia said its military rescued former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. military contractors and 11 other hostages from leftist rebels on Wednesday.

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Palestinian Goes On Rampage In Jerusalem; 3 Killed

Posted: 07/02/2008 - A Palestinian man plowed an enormous construction vehicle into cars, buses and pedestrians on a busy street Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 before he was shot dead by security officers.

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A Low Water Year is a Boon to Safflower Farmers

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Having to make due with less water, California farmers are reassessing their planting of tomatoes, cotton, corn and other water-intensive crops. A popular replacement this year - safflower. The thistlelike plant is perfectly suited for the state's Mediterranean climate and does not require much water.

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Ill. Democrats Face Off In Rare Impeachment Fight

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Three of the state's governors have served time. Scores of legislators and aldermen have gotten into legal trouble over the years. But Illinois politicians haven't seriously considered impeaching one of their own — until now.

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National Guard Troops Set To Relieve Fire Crews

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Weary crews battling wildfires across northern and central California are going to get help from the National Guard, the first time the state's troops have been called to ground-based firefighting duty since 1977.

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Ga. Authorities Probe 1946 Unsolved Lynchings

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Investigators have spent two days digging at a property in northeast Georgia in search of clues advocates hope could lead to finding living suspects in the unsolved lynchings of four people in 1946.

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Police Wnt U 2 Fight Crime W/Txt Msgs

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Police in the 1970s urged citizens to "drop a dime" in a pay phone to report crimes anonymously. Now in an increasing number of cities, tipsters are being invited to use their thumbs — to identify criminals using text messages.

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Mass. Pregnancy Pact Stirs Debate Over Child Care

Posted: 07/02/2008 - The high school where the principal claimed girls formed a pact to get pregnant is one of the few in Massachusetts with a day care center, leading some to wonder whether that sent a message that teen motherhood is OK.

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Ex-con Suspected In Deaths Of 8 Captured in Ill.

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Police in Nicholas T. Sheley's town came to know him well as his crimes progressed from marijuana possession to domestic battery, then to resisting a peace officer and aggravated battery.

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Fugitive Hedge-Fund Swindler Surrenders In Mass.

Posted: 07/02/2008 - A fugitive hedge-fund swindler who faked suicide on a Hudson River bridge and went on the run to avoid a prison sentence surrendered Wednesday in Massachusetts, the U.S. attorney's office said.

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Ex-Con Suspected In Deaths Of 8 Captured In IL

Posted: 07/02/2008 - An exhaustive, two-state manhunt for an ex-convict suspected in eight grisly slayings has ended with the man quietly arrested outside a bar known as a police hangout.

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NY Considers Help To Victims Of Child Prostitution

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Tiffany was 12 when her mother died. That was the same year she ran away from her sister's house, lived on the streets for six weeks and met the man who two days later became her pimp.

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Boris Becomes Hurricane Again In Pacific

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Boris gained hurricane strength again early Wednesday as it continued to churn far out in the Pacific. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said a tropical depression closer to Mexico's coast was nearing tropical storm strength.

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Study: Penguins Signaling Oceans' Woes

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Scientists say birds are seafaring version of canary in coal mine, and signs are bad. Biologist says humans are the cause of the problem.

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Palestinian Goes On Rampage In Jerusalem, 3 Killed

Posted: 07/02/2008 - A Palestinian man plowed an enormous construction vehicle into cars, buses and pedestrians on a busy street Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 before he was shot dead by security officers.

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Microsoft and Yahoo Rise on Deal Talks Report

Posted: 07/02/2008 - Rumors that talks have resumed between the software powerhouse and search giant pushed shares of both stocks higher Tuesday. Microsoft first offered to buy Yahoo! for $47.1 billion in Feb.

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