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Government to release proposed fuel economy rules

Posted: 04/21/2008 - The government on Tuesday plans to release a proposal to raise fuel efficiency standards for new cars and trucks, putting the nation's fleet on track to reach 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

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UN refugee agency criticizes Greek asylum practices

Posted: 04/21/2008 - The United Nations has sharply criticized Greece for its treatment of asylum applicants and its rate of approval of asylum claims of less than 1 percent, urging the country to reform its practices.

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'Forbidden Kingdom' lands No. 1 at box office

Posted: 04/21/2008 - "The Forbidden Kingdom," the first-time martial arts pairing from megastars Jackie Chan and Jet Li, fought its way to No. 1 at the weekend box office, debuting with $21.4 million.

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Pentagon chief urges Air Force to embrace change

Posted: 04/21/2008 - In unusually blunt terms, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday challenged the Air Force, whose leaders are under fire on several fronts, to contribute more to immediate wartime needs and to promote new thinking.

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US seeks to block Zimbabwe-bound Chinese arms

Posted: 04/21/2008 - The Bush administration is intervening with governments in southern Africa to prevent a Chinese ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe's security forces from unloading its cargo, The Associated Press has learned.

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Ray Charles' Children, Ex-Manager Battle

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved, according to a published report.

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Pa.'s demographics look like Clinton, but aren't whole story

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Older, whiter and more female than the nation as a whole, Pennsylvania looks like Hillary Rodham Clinton country. Wealthier, better educated and more African American than the rest of the state, Pennsylvania's thickly settled southeast corner could belong to Barack Obama.

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Former Philippine president Aquino battling cancer

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Former Philippine president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino made her first television appearance since she was diagnosed with colon cancer a month ago, saying she is ready to accept God's will and that she has been feeling no pain.

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'Milkshake murder' trial continues in Hong Kong

Posted: 04/21/2008 - An American woman who gave her husband a strawberry milkshake spiked with drugs before beating him to death was only trying to defend herself from the baseball bat-wielding man in their luxury flat in Hong Kong, a defense attorney said Monday.

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Can murder victim's statements be used at trial?

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Dwayne Giles complains that his former girlfriend's statements should not have been used against him at his murder trial because the woman couldn't be cross-examined.

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Obama says McCain would be better president than Bush

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama, who often argues that John McCain is the same as President Bush, said Sunday that the Republican presidential candidate would be an improvement over Bush's eight-year reign.

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Japan moves start of Olympic torch relay to parking lot

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Japan has decided to start the upcoming Olympic torch relay in a parking lot, officials said Monday, after a major Buddhist temple backed out of the event over security concerns and sympathy for Tibetans.

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UN chief warns world must urgently increase food production

Posted: 04/21/2008 - The U.N. chief warned Sunday that the world must urgently increase food production to ease skyrocketing prices and pledged to set up a task force on a crisis threatening to destabilize developing nations.

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Landslide hits town by Three Gorges Dam in China

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Chinese authorities evacuated about 200 people living near the Three Gorges Dam in central China because of a landslide, state media and local officials said Monday.

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US military deaths in Iraq at 4,039

Updated: 05/12/2008 - As of Sunday, April 20, 2008, at least 4,039 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,295 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

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Video Surfaces of Man Stuck in Elevator For 41 Hours

Updated: 05/12/2008 - A time-lapse video of a man trapped in an elevator for 41 hours has become something of an Internet sensation after surveillance camera footage emerged after nearly a decade.

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