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Crops Winning Out Over Conservation for Some Landowners

Posted: 04/30/2008 - A portion of Ernie Roehrich's farm hasn't been plowed for two decades: It's part of a federal program that pays landowners to idle land for conservation. Payments from the Conservation Reserve Program have helped during lean times. And wildlife - especially pheasants - have flourished on his century-old family farm in south central North Dakota.

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Stocks dip with investors flummoxed over Fed

Posted: 04/30/2008 - The Dow Jones industrial average, momentarily soaring above 13,000 for the first time since early January, ended the session with a modest loss.

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Fed Cuts Key Rate by a Quarter-Point

Updated: 05/12/2008 - WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point Wednesday, a smaller move than the aggressive easing it undertook earlier this year. There were signs the Fed may believe it has done enough to prevent a deep recession.

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Texas officials looking at possible abuse among FLDS boys

Posted: 04/30/2008 - The disclosures are the first suggestions that anyone other than teenage girls may have been sexually or physically abused at the ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect.

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CBS Moves Morning Show to Devastated Town

Updated: 05/12/2008 - NEW YORK - While the "Today" show's globe-trotting Matt Lauer has touched down in Argentina, Holland and Laos, his rivals at CBS are spending the week in Kansas.

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Darryl Strawberry is Writing `Straw' Memoir

Updated: 05/12/2008 - NEW YORK - Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements on the field often were overshadowed by his struggles with cancer and substance abuse, is writing a memoir, "Straw," that will come out in 2009, publisher Ecco announced Wednesday.

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US Troop Deaths Push Monthly Toll to 7-month High in Iraq

Updated: 05/12/2008 - BAGHDAD - The killings of five U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad pushed the American death toll for April up to 49, making it the deadliest month since September. One soldier died when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. The second died of wounds sustained when he was attacked by small-arms fire, the military said Wednesday. Both incidents occurred Tuesday in northwestern Baghdad.

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Obama Seeking to Divorce Himself from Former Pastor

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Barack Obama angrily denounced his former pastor for "divisive and destructive" remarks on race, seeking to divorce himself from the incendiary speaker and a fury that threatens to engulf his front-running Democratic presidential campaign.

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License Plate with Cross Likely Will Not Move Forward

Posted: 04/30/2008 - A license plate that would have become the first in the nation to prominently feature a religious symbol is unlikely to be on the road any time soon after state lawmakers did not include it in a bill Tuesday.

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Newspaper Carrier Finds Woman Pinned by Husband's Dead Body

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Newspaper carrier Bruce Pitts knew the elderly couple only by the prayers the wife made for him while he was working at night and in bad weather, but he felt something was wrong when the papers piled up outside their home. Bruce went back to the house where he found 84-year -old Blanche Roberts pinned beneath the body of her 77-year-old husband Fred, who apparently had died last Wednesday evening of a heart attack after mowing the lawn.

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Report: McKellen to reprise Gandalf role

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Empire magazine's Web site quoted McKellen as saying that director Guillermo del Toro told him he would again be playing the white-haired wizard.

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