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Fla. Gov Announces $1.7B Sugar, Everglades Deal

Posted: 06/24/2008 - -- U.S. Sugar Corp., the nation's largest producer of cane sugar, would go out of business in a $1.75 billion deal to sell its nearly 300 square miles of land to Florida for Everglades restoration

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No New Evacuations As Another Levee Fails

Posted: 06/24/2008 - The swollen Mississippi River burst through yet another levee Tuesday, not endangering any towns but proving to anxious Midwesterners that the high water is still a threat.

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So-Called Pregnancy Pact in Mass. Town Questioned

Updated: 06/25/2008 - A pregnant high school student disputed the notion Tuesday that girls in this New England fishing town made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.

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Consumer Confidence Skids More Than Expected

Posted: 06/24/2008 - U.S. consumer confidence fell unexpectedly sharply in June, sinking to its lowest level in more than 16 years, according to a private industry group.

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Ga. sex offenders challenge church volunteer ban

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Five sex offenders filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that a tough new Georgia law that bans them from volunteering at churches also robs them of their right to participate in religious worship

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Next Battle Over Border Fence May Be Texas

Posted: 06/24/2008 - A U.S. Supreme Court decision paving the way for a 670-mile federal fence along the U.S.-Mexico border drew swift criticism from environmentalists,

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Pandas Evacuated From Earthquake Area

Updated: 06/25/2008 - Pandas living in earthquake-hit southwest China are facing a food shortage and some have been evacuated to temporary shelters because of the threat of landslides and other hazards

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US Home Prices Tumble In April At Record Rate

Posted: 06/24/2008 - U.S. home prices tumbled in April at the fastest rate since a widely followed index was begun in 2000 with all 20 metropolitan areas surveyed posting annual declines for the first time.

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Rockets Hit Israel, Which Says Truce Broken

Updated: 06/25/2008 - Palestinian militants on Tuesday fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel, the first such attack since a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militants took effect last week.

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Beijing Gets Ground-to-Air Defense

Updated: 06/25/2008 - China has stationed a battery of ground-to-air missiles just 300 yards from a Beijing Olympic venue, the latest sign of tightening security with the games just 6 1/2 weeks away.

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Stocks Waver After Drop In Consumer Confidence

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Wall Street fluctuated Tuesday, with some investors seeking bargains among financial stocks even as concerns grew about the impact of high fuel costs on consumers and corporate profits.

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Consumer Confidence Skids More Than Expected

Posted: 06/24/2008 - U.S. consumer confidence fell unexpectedly sharply in June, sinking to its lowest level in more than 16 years, according to a private industry group.

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Some Searchers Still Expect To See Rare Woodpecker

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Some scientists still believe the ivory-billed woodpecker exists in the Big Woods, but they haven't been able to capture a sharp image of its remarkable 30-inch wing span and glossy black and white feathers on film or video camera.

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NASA Estimates 3,000 To 4,000 Shuttle Job Losses

Posted: 06/24/2008 - NASA told a Senate panel on Monday that it anticipates losing 3,000 to 4,000 jobs at its launching site once the space shuttles stop flying in two more years, about half the cutback initially reported.

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Scholars Set Date For Odysseus' Bloody Homecoming

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Using clues from star and sun positions mentioned by the ancient Greek poet Homer, scholars think they have determined the date when King Odysseus returned from the Trojan War and slaughtered a group of suitors who had been pressing his wife to marry one of them.

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NASA Warming Scientist: 'This Is The Last Chance'

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action.

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Iran May Consider US Diplomatic Presence

Posted: 06/24/2008 - Iran's official news agency says Tehran would consider any U.S. request to set up a diplomatic presence in the Islamic Republic.

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AFL-CIO Voting on Obama Endorsement

Posted: 06/24/2008 - The AFL-CIO is on the verge of endorsing Barack Obama for president. The leaders of the nation's largest labor organization started voting Tuesday on whether to endorse Obama's presidential nomination.

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