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Stocks Fall As Oil Prices Stir Economic Worries

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Wall Street resumed its steep slide Friday as investors took little comfort from a better-than-expected home sales report and remained focused on the toll high oil prices would take on the economy. The Dow Jones industrials gave up more than 120 points ahead of the three-day holiday weekend.

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Western Navy Help Unwanted by Myanmar

Posted: 05/23/2008 - With their history of xenophobia, no one expected Myanmar's generals to welcome a flotilla of warships trying to help bring relief to millions affected by Cyclone Nargis.

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Madonna Auctions Off Lip Gloss at AIDS Benefit

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The Material Girl parted with a few personal possessions — a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her handbag — at a benefit to raise money for AIDS research.

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Gas Roars Higher, Pressuring Holiday Travelers

Posted: 05/23/2008 - As consumers began hitting the road Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, they faced the sobering reality that it now costs $87 to fill a Ford Explorer SUV, up $14 from last year, and $72 to fill a mid-sized Honda Accord, up $12.

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Chicago Considering Boarding Schools For Homeless

Posted: 05/23/2008 - She began high school in a shelter, doing homework on the floor of the bathroom. It was the only place with lights after 9 p.m. Her senior year was spent raising her little brother when her mother disappeared on cocaine binges.

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Orphaned Penguin Gets Two Moms

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Biologists adopt baby penguin rejected by its parents after it failed to hatch on time and have nursed it for over month as the penguin grows.

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Home Sales Drop Again in April

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Drop in sales, the eighth in the last nine months, leaves more unsold single-family homes on the market than anytime since 1985, median home prices drop eight percent.

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N. Korea About to Account for Nuke Program

Posted: 05/23/2008 - After weeks of preparation American officials expect Pyongyang to turn over detailed accounts of its nuclear program, which will go a long way towards completing the disarmament deal

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Up To 9 Hurricanes Expected For '08

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season should be about as bad as normal or slightly busier, with a good chance of six to nine hurricanes forming, federal forecasters said Thursday in a new way of making predictions.

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South Africa Braces For More Bloodshed

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Johannesburg quieter after xenophobic attacks on immigrants left 42 dead and driven more than 25,000 from their home, but troops remain on standby

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Russia, China Unite Against U.S. Defense Plan

Posted: 05/23/2008 - On a visit to China by russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the two countries sign a statement criticizing the United States plan to build a global missile defense system.

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Report Says Nation's Wildlife Refuges Underfunded

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Wildlife group reports understaffing and lack of funding has left national parks open to immigrant camps, drugs, and crime, claims the park system is underfunded by about 43 percent.

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Memorial Day Travelers Face Headwinds

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Record gas prices force some would-be holiday weekend drivers to stay off the roads. Travel expected to lessen for first time since 2002. In all, though, 12% of Americans are expected to hit the road for the holiday.

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NASA Preps for '7 Minutes of Terror' on Mars

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Mars Phoenix Lander team will be biting their nails Sunday when probe lands on the Red Planet in search of signs of life. It will hit the atmosphere at about 13,00 mph, in just 7 minutes, slam on brakes and touch down

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Sect Parents Cheer Court Ruling, Await Next Step

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Appellate court gives judge ten days to return children from the fundamentalist church to their parents. State now must decide if it wants to take the matter to the Texas Supreme Court.

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China Tries To Think Of Life After Quake

Posted: 05/23/2008 - In destroyed town, rescue effort quietly gives way to cleanup. Death toll from the massive quake climbs to more than 55,000. Government scrambles to find tents for the more than five million left homeless.

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U.N. Chief Convinces Myanmar To Accept Aid

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emerges from meeting with junta boss, apparently victorious after assurances that the government will allow in all aid workers.

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Audit: Iraq Contracts Skirted Fraud Rules

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A Defense Department probe finds Pentagon paid nearly $8 billion with little or no oversight, or even proof of work and claims nearly every contract flouted federal laws and regulations.

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