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US Deaths in Iraq Approach 4,000

Posted: 03/22/2008 - A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers north of Baghdad on Saturday, pushing the U.S. death toll in the five-year conflict to nearly 4,000.

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Cheney Assures Israel on Security Steps

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday the U.S. has an "enduring and unshakable" commitment to Israel's security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state.

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Opposition Wins Taiwan Presidential Vote

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Taiwan's opposition candidate won the presidential election Saturday, a victory many hope will defuse decades of tension with China over the neighboring island's aspirations for independence.

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Cuban Bassist Cachao Dies; Mambo Pioneer

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Cuban bassist and composer Israel "Cachao" Lopez, who is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music, died Saturday. He was 89.

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China Offers Its Own Version of Protests

Posted: 03/22/2008 - With restive Tibetan areas swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world, China's government turned up efforts Saturday to put its own version of the unrest before the international public.

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Cuba Condemns Criticism of China

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Cuba on Saturday rejected criticism of China for its crackdown on recent riots in Tibet, which has led to calls for a possible boycott of this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Marine, Iraq Dog Reunited in San Diego

Posted: 03/22/2008 - A San Diego-based Marine major was reunited on Saturday with one of his closest war buddies - a 2-year-old dog named Nubs.

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Lopez Retires After He's Cut by Braves

Posted: 03/22/2008 - KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Three-time All-Star Javy Lopez retired Saturday after being reassigned to the Atlanta Braves' minor league camp, ending his bid to return to the majors as a backup catcher.

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Wimmer Wins Nashville Nationwide Race

Posted: 03/22/2008 - GLADEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scott Wimmer passed Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer with 21 laps to go and held on to win the Nationwide Series' Pepsi 300 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

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Predators Beat Blackhawks in Shootout

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Rich Peverley and Alexander Radulov scored in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators stopped a six-game home skid with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday.

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Pope to Baptize Prominent Muslim

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator is converting to Catholicism by being baptized by the pope at an Easter vigil, the Vatican announced Saturday.

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Predators End Home Skid in Shootout

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Rich Peverley and Alexander Radulov scored in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators stopped a six-game home skid with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday.

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Missouri Levee Holds as River Crests

Updated: 05/12/2008 - Residents' trust in their community's new levee was justified Saturday as the earthen wall protected their town from the Meramec River, bloated by heavy rain that caused flooding across the Midwest.

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Obama Advisor CEO of Firm Involved in Passport Breach

Updated: 05/12/2008 - The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday.

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Opposition Wins Taiwan Presidential Vote

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Taiwan's opposition candidate cruised to victory in the presidential election Saturday, promising to expand economic ties with China while protecting the island from being swallowed up politically by its giant communist neighbor.

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Chinese Media: 'Crush' Tibet Protests

Posted: 03/22/2008 - The flagship newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party called Saturday for efforts to "resolutely crush" anti-government demonstrations by Tibetans, while Beijing urged people to turn in those on a "Most Wanted" list of 21 protesters.

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Iraqi Police Say US Kills Sunni Allies

Posted: 03/22/2008 - A U.S. airstrike struck two checkpoints manned by U.S.-allied Sunni fighters north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing six and injuring two, Iraqi police said.

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Feds Open Alcoa Bribery Probe

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations that Alcoa Inc. and affiliates bribed officials in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments.

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Financial Market Turmoil Raises Worries

Posted: 03/22/2008 - It's been almost an article of faith: Any recession this year will be mild and brief. But now the stunning meltdown of a top Wall Street investment bank and stubbornly persistent financial market turbulence has called that into question.

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Last Hope In A Weak Economy? Mom and Dad

Posted: 03/22/2008 - After being laid off from her job as an events planner at an upscale resort, Jo Ann Bauer struggled financially. She worked at several lower-paying jobs, relocated to a new city and even declared bankruptcy.

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Air Force Prod Aids Coal-To-Fuel Plans

Posted: 03/22/2008 - On a wind-swept air base near the Missouri River, the Air Force has launched an ambitious plan to wean itself from foreign oil by turning to a new and unlikely source: coal.

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Wall Street Culture Not Likely to Change

Posted: 03/22/2008 - Wall Street investment bankers got another lesson about the dangers of risk-taking this past week with the downfall of Bear Stearns Cos. The question now obviously is, how long will it last?

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Red Cross Accounts for Unused Rooms

Posted: 03/21/2008 - The American Red Cross said Thursday that it paid $688,000 for hotel rooms that went unused during last year's wildfires in Southern California.

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