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State Department warns diplomats of compulsory Iraq duty

Updated: 05/12/2008 - The State Department is warning U.S. diplomats they may be forced to serve in Iraq next year and says it will soon start identifying prime candidates for jobs at the Baghdad embassy and outlying provinces, according to a cable obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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Diet Reduces Heart Attacks, Strokes

Updated: 05/12/2008 - A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke.

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Oregon man thinks his black Labrador is an imposter

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Ken Griggs likes his new dog, but he preferred the old one. Then again, it might be the same dog. In a possible case of mistaken identity, Griggs said the black Labrador named Callie that he left at a Dundee kennel before spring break was not the same dog he picked up a week later.

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Airline combos could mean higher prices, fewer choices

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Getting hitched may be the right move for Delta and Northwest. But for beleaguered air travelers, it could usher in an era of higher fares, fewer flights, more confusion at the airport and even more crowded planes.

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Delta, Northwest face challenge of merging fleets, employees

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Delta and Northwest executives want to smoothly complete their deal to create the world's largest airline by the end of the year. But investors reacted negatively Tuesday, amid word there are no plans for further domestic flight cuts as well as the challenges of integrating companies with contrasting cultures, planes and labor relations.

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Diet Reduces Heart Attacks, Strokes

Posted: 04/15/2008 - A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke.

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Boom in Camps for Chronically Ill Kids

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Summer camps just for kids with chronic diseases are booming - places to learn about epilepsy or finally meet someone else with Tourette's tics or slice open a cow's heart to see what's wrong with their own.

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French bill takes aim at those who glamorize the ultra-thin

Posted: 04/15/2008 - In image-conscious France, it may soon be a crime to glamorize the ultra-thin. A new French bill cracks down on Web sites that advise anorexics on how to starve - and could be used to hit fashion industry heavyweights, too.

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Administration says contracting fraud loophole was mistake

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Bush administration officials acknowledged Tuesday they mistakenly added a multibillion-dollar loophole to a planned crackdown on contract fraud, then urged Congress not to get involved in fixing it.

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Wholesale prices soared in March

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Inflation at the wholesale level soared in March at nearly triple the rate that had been forecast as energy prices kept rising and food costs posted a much bigger jump than anticipated.

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FBI says problems with letters fixed

Posted: 04/15/2008 - The FBI is resisting legislation that would put more restrictions on domestic surveillance of Americans' private records, saying the agency already has tightened its rules to crack down on wrongful use of national security letters.

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Police find side order of marijuana in man's fried chicken

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Magnolia police say it wasn't the fried chicken in Savalas Vantoli Stewart's car that gave off a funky smell. Instead, officers say they found a side dish of marijuana that Stewart hid inside of a recently purchased box of chicken during a traffic stop Friday night.

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Senate panel calls on Martha Stewart

Posted: 04/15/2008 - Martha Stewart will provide her personal experience and celebrity status when a Senate committee reviews on Wednesday how the government should expand and train its long-term care work force.

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Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Afghan Police

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Officials say a roadside bomb has hit a police vehicle in southern Afghanistan, killing two policemen and wounding three others.

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Scientists: Big Quake Likely in Calif.

Posted: 04/15/2008 - California faces an almost certain risk of being rocked by a strong earthquake by 2037, scientists said in the first statewide temblor forecast.

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Male Sex Hormone May Affect Stock Trades

Posted: 04/15/2008 - The hormone that drives male aggression and sexual interest also seems able to boost short term success at finance. But what seems to start out well can turn bad, with elevated testosterone levels over several days possibly leading to irrational risk-taking, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge in England.

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Israel to Resume Fuel Shipments to Gaza

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak's office says shipments of cooking gas and fuel for Gaza's only power plant will resume Wednesday. No gasoline for cars will be transferred. Monday's announcement follows a weeklong cutoff imposed after Palestinian militants attacked an Israeli fuel depot. Two workers died in the attack.

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China Cracks Down on Land Grabs

Updated: 05/12/2008 - China has launched a crackdown on illegal land seizures for development, punishing thousands for land grabs that have caused anger and protests around the country.

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Divorce, Unwed Parenting Costing Taxpayers

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers more than $112 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by four groups advocating more government action to bolster marriages.

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A Dying Breed: Marsh Tackies

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Horse breeders in South Carolina are coming together to save the tacky, a short-legged, sway-backed horse suited for toiling long hours in the swamps and oppressive humidity whose numbers are dwindling.

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Celebrity Tax Deadbeats

Updated: 05/12/2008 - A new report in USA Today says several celebrities owe Uncle Sam and other tax jurisdictions lots of dough.

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