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Southern Baptist Membership, Baptisms Decline in 2007

Posted: 04/25/2008 - The number of people baptized in Southern Baptist churches fell for the third straight year in 2007 to the denomination's lowest level since 1987, and membership dipped slightly as well.

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Japan Welcomes Olympic Flame

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Protestors and riot police are among the crowd of thousands welcoming the Summer Olympic torch into Japan, as the flame makes its way to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Japanese protestors are also making their case for China to correct its treatment against Tibet.

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Roberts Hails FAA Reauthorization Bill

Updated: 07/02/2008 - The Senate strips out user fees as a way to pay for improvements to the nation's aviation system. Roberts calls it a "victory for Kansas and its aviation industry."

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Sales strong at Japanese automakers despite some bumps

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Honda saw its profit slashed due to a tax dispute and Mitsubishi racked up costs for closing an Australian plant. But Mazda - the smallest of Japan's five biggest automakers - emerged unscathed Friday to report booming profits for the January-March quarter.

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Activists to Protest Some Beijing Olympics Sponsors

Posted: 04/25/2008 - An activist group will organize protests against Beijing Olympics sponsors that it says have failed to press China to help end fighting in Darfur. Dream for Darfur said 16 companies, including General Electric Co., Coca-Cola Co. and Microsoft Corp., have exhibited "moral cowardice."

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Japan Girl Commits Suicide With Detergent

Posted: 04/25/2008 - A 14-year-old Japanese girl killed herself by mixing laundry detergent with cleanser, releasing fumes that also sickened 90 people in her apartment house, police said Thursday as they grappled with a spate of similar suicides.

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Bush Cracks Down On Copyright Pirates

Posted: 04/25/2008 - The Bush administration is accusing China, Russia and seven other nations of failing to protect American producers of movies, computer software and other copyrighted material from widespread piracy.

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AP Exclusive: US Alleges Baby-Selling in Vietnam

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Vietnam has failed to police its adoption system, allowing corruption, fraud and baby-selling to flourish, the U.S. Embassy says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

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Brazil Air Force Halts Search for Priest

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Brazil's air force on Thursday suspended its search for a Roman Catholic priest who vanished after sailing into the air under a cluster of colorful balloons. The cleric's family chartered a private plane to continue the hunt.

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Reports: Fallon to succeed Conan on 'Late Night'

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Jimmy Fallon appears to be inching closer to Conan O'Brien's "Late Night" chair. For months, Fallon has been widely considered the top choice to succeed O'Brien when he steps down next year.

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Gunman upset over condo fees killed by SWAT team in Fla.

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Patrick Dellisanti, 57, barged into the complex's clubhouse shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday and demanded to speak with an association employee. He told two women he was upset over the fees, waved a revolver in the air and shot at the ground, said Broward County sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal.

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Narwhals more at risk to Arctic warming than polar bears

Posted: 04/25/2008 - The narwhal, a whale with a long spiral tusk that inspired the myth of the unicorn, edged out the polar bear for the ranking of most potentially vulnerable in a climate change risk analysis of Arctic marine mammals.

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Dealers see SUV glut as drivers trade in gas guzzlers

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Hoyos' mom purchased a Mazda 5, a smaller crossover vehicle with plenty of interior room but better gas economy - up to 28 miles per gallon as opposed to about 20 for the Mitsubishi.

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Oil prices up on word US ship fired on boats in Persian Gulf

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Oil prices rose sharply Friday on news that a ship under contract to the U.S. Defense Department fired warning shots at two boats in the Persian Gulf. Retail gas prices as expected rose further into record territory, nearing $3.60 a gallon.

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Penguin's Wetsuit Puts Him Back in the Swim of Things

Posted: 04/25/2008 - What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally. Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things.

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Bush Says Rebates Going Out Monday Will Boost Economy

Posted: 04/25/2008 - President Bush said tax rebates will start going out Monday, earlier than previously announced, and should help Americans cope with rising gasoline and food prices, as well as aid a slumping economy.

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3 NYPD Detectives Cleared in Wedding-Day Shooting

Updated: 04/25/2008 - Three detectives were acquitted Friday in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be on his wedding day, a case that put the NYPD at the center of another dispute involving allegations of excessive firepower.

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