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Man at center of Las Vegas ricin case arrested, charged

Posted: 04/16/2008 - An unemployed graphic designer who authorities believe was nearly killed by ricin was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he possessed the deadly toxin as part of an "exotic idea," never carried out, to poison his enemies.

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PetSmart sued over infected hamster blamed in 3 deaths

Posted: 04/16/2008 - The federal lawsuit alleges Thomas Magee, 54, and two other organ recipients died after transplants from a woman who had contracted a virus from a hamster she bought at a PetSmart store in Warwick, R.I.

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Clinton emphatically says Obama can win White House

Posted: 04/16/2008 - Asked a similar question about Clinton, Obama said "Absolutely and I've said so before" - a not-so-subtle dig at his rival who had previously declined to make a similar statement about him.

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Enthusiasts find big is not always best with social networks

Updated: 05/12/2008 - For Teresa Munoz, Athlinks (population: 34,000) is the place to be. She uses the community devoted to competitive running, swimming and biking events to find training partners and get advice, including information about her first Ironman triathlon.

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Abortion-rights lawmakers to receive Communion

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Catholic members of Congress who publicly support the right to abortion will trek to Nationals Park Thursday for a Mass celebrated by a pope who has said such lawmakers should not receive Communion.

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No deaths in 2007 accidents on scheduled US airlines

Updated: 05/12/2008 - No one died during 2007 in accidents among larger scheduled U.S. airlines and smaller commuter aircraft, and deaths in private plane accidents dropped to 491, their lowest total in more than 40 years, the government reported Wednesday.

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Wall Street Surges On Upbeat Earnings Data

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Wall Street rallied Wednesday after better-than-expected quarterly results from JPMorgan Chase and two other Dow Jones industrials raised investors' hopes that companies and the economy are indeed recovering from the protracted global credit crisis. The Dow rose more than 250 points as investors shrugged off any concerns about oil passing $115 a barrel for the first time.

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Dollar falls, gold rises in Europe

Posted: 04/16/2008 - The U.S. dollar hit a record low against the euro Wednesday and was down against other key currencies in European trading. Gold rose.

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Former senators tackle health issues

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Former Senate majority leaders Bob Dole, a Republican, and George Mitchell, a Democrat, may be facing their biggest challenge to date - reforming the nation's health care system. The two senators said Wednesday they would be joined by two other former Senate majority leaders, Democrat Tom Daschle and Republican Howard Baker, in crafting a series of health policy recommendations that would be delivered in 2009 to a new president and Congress.

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USADA to measure athletes' body chemistry in new system

Posted: 04/16/2008 - The anti-doping agency will profile the body chemistry of 12 participating athletes using a series of blood and urine tests, and those measurements will be used as a baseline for subsequent tests.

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Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam

Posted: 04/16/2008 - Researchers from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have discovered a rare giant turtle in northern Vietnam — a find that carries great scientific and cultural significance. Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle was previously thought to be extinct in the wild. Three other turtles of the species are in captivity, said experts from the Zoo's Asian turtle program.

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AP photographer freed by US after 2 years in custody

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein was reunited with family and colleagues Wednesday, ending more than two years in U.S. military custody after Iraqi judges dropped all legal proceedings against him.

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