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USDA to Buy Pork in Market Drop

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The Secretary of Agriculture says the government plans to buy millions of dollars of pork sausage, as hog producers continue counting up their losses in the markets.

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Denzel Washington Tells NY Kids Science is Important

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Denzel Washington says inner-city schoolkids have to be reminded that scientists are more important than entertainers. The Academy Award-winning actor and wife Pauletta award annual scholarships for neuroscience research to college students and make the presentations at city schools. On Friday, they went to Mount Vernon High School in suburban Westchester County. Mount Vernon is Washington's hometown.

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Colleges Are Allowing Coed Dorm Rooms

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Erik Youngdahl and Michelle Garcia share a dorm room at Connecticut's Wesleyan University. But they say there's no funny business going on. Really. They mean it.

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Gates Calls Bad Barracks Conditions at Fort Bragg Appalling

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates, after watching a YouTube video showing poor barracks conditions at the Army's Fort Bragg in North Carolina, said Thursday that what he saw was "appalling" and that all commanders must ensure that their troops have decent living quarters.

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Ohio Judge to Decide Man's Fate For Sharing Snack Cake

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A judge in southern Ohio must decide whether to send a man to prison for sharing a Little Debbie snack cake. The case involves 21-year-old Timothy Caudill, who last year was held in a residential community corrections program in Nelsonville for breaking into a bar.

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Economy Shows Resilience; Jobless Rate Falls as Dollar Rises

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The economy showed off unexpected signs of resilience Friday as job losses slowed, the dollar gained a bit of muscle for a change and there were even indications that food prices may be easing. The unemployment rate dipped, though that may not last.

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`Miracle' Marine Dies; Badly Burned in 2005 Iraq blast

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A Marine sergeant who became a symbol of resilience as he strove to recover from a roadside bomb blast in Iraq that blanketed 97 percent of his body with burns has died, the Defense Department said. He was 22.

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US Airman in Japan Arrested, Accused of Groping Woman

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A U.S. serviceman was accused of sexually assaulting a Japanese woman on Friday, the latest in a series of criminal accusations sparking anger against the American military presence in Japan.

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"Idol" Judge Paula Abdul, Here To Stay

Posted: 05/02/2008 - All the chatter about Abdul's slip-up during Tuesday's "Idol" performance show doesn't faze the FremantleMedia North America CEO and "Idol" executive producer. Nor did the subsequent speculation about the singing competition's authenticity.

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U.S. Economy Gets Jolt Of Good News

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Employers cut far fewer jobs in April than in recent months and the unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent, a better-than-expected showing that nonetheless still revealed strains in the nation's crucial labor market.

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Carly Simon to Rachael Ray and friends: You're So Vain

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A Rachael Ray fundraiser attended by Bill Clinton, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Joy Behar and Katie Lee among others turned into a private concert when Simon took the stage to sing a four-song set including "You're So Vain."

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Jose Canseco Loses Home To Foreclosure

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Jose Canseco, the former American League MVP who made millions during his baseball career, has had his home foreclosed.

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Texas Man Tries To Cash $360B Check

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The 21-year-old North Texas man was arrested last week for trying to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business, authorities said. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious - perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off, according to investigators.

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Storms Kill 7 in Arkansas, Damage Homes Around Kansas City

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A powerful storm system packing tornadoes and heavy winds roared across the nation's midsection early Friday, killing at least seven people in Arkansas including a teenager crushed by a tree while she slept.

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Gas Prices Slip for First Time in Weeks, May Be Near Top

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The national average price of a gallon of regular gas fell 0.1 cent overnight to $3.622, according to a survey of gas stations by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. That's the first time since April 14 that retail prices have fallen. Diesel prices fell 0.2 cent to a national average of $4.249 a gallon.

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Powerful Midwest Storms Leave Deadly Trail

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Tornadoes and severe storms ripped through four states Friday, leaving homes and businesses damaged and killing at least three people in Arkansas, including a teenager crushed by a tree while she slept in her bed, officials said Friday.

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US Airman in Japan Arrested, Accused of Groping Woman

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A U.S. serviceman was accused of sexually assaulting a Japanese woman on Friday, the latest in a series of criminal accusations sparking anger against the American military presence in Japan.

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Autonomy Vote Bares Bolivia's Deep Divisions

Posted: 05/02/2008 - The wealthy white governor stood beneath a giant statue of Jesus and promised freedom to the tens of thousands cheering him on - freedom from a llama herder-turned-president who reveres the Indian earth goddess Pachamama.

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Ohio Judge to Decide Man's Fate for Sharing Snack Cake

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A judge in southern Ohio must decide whether to send a man to prison for sharing a Little Debbie snack cake. The case involves 21-year-old Timothy Caudill, who last year was held in a residential community corrections program in Nelsonville for breaking into a bar.

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Carly Simon to Rachael Ray and Friends: You're So Vain

Posted: 05/02/2008 - Surely Carly Simon wasn't talking about anybody in this room. A Rachael Ray fundraiser attended by Bill Clinton, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Joy Behar and Katie Lee among others turned into a private concert when Simon took the stage to sing a four-song set including "You're So Vain."

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