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Father rejects hoax claim

Posted: 10/16/2009 - The father of a six-year-old boy who was believed to be floating above Colorado in a helium balloon is lashing out at suggestions that it was all a publicity stunt.

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D.C. Sniper to ask Va. governor for clemency

Posted: 10/15/2009 - The attorney for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad says he plans to ask for clemency for his client who is scheduled for execution next month.

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Jobless claims drop for 5th time in 6 weeks

Posted: 10/15/2009 - The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment insurance has fallen to the lowest level since early January, a sign the labor market is slowly improving.

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Iraqi shoe thrower in Switzerland

Posted: 10/14/2009 - The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush has arrived in Switzerland to recuperate from his time in prison and launch a foundation to help civilian war victims in Iraq.

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Iraq government: 85,000 Iraqis killed in 2004-08

Posted: 10/14/2009 - Iraq says 85,694 people have lost their lives in the country's violence from 2004-2008, in the first official report by the government on the Iraqi death toll since the war began.

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Important health care vote today

Updated: 10/13/2009 - An important health care vote is on tap today in the Senate Finance Committee which is expected to approve the $829 billion package.

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Karzai defends conduct of election in Afghanistan

Updated: 10/13/2009 - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is acknowledging irregularities in the presidential election while arguing that balloting generally was "good and fair and worthy of praise, not scorn."

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Pakistani jets bomb militants near Afghan border

Updated: 10/13/2009 - Amid speculation that a new ground offensive against the Taliban is imminent, Pakistani jets have been bombing militant targets today in South Waziristan, the main insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border.

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Fed boss sees no rush to boost rates

Posted: 10/09/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a fresh signal yesterday that he's in no rush to reverse course and start boosting interest rates.

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Watchdog doubts goals of Obama loan relief plan

Posted: 10/09/2009 - A government watchdog says the Obama administration's effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure may not achieve its goal of helping up to 4 million borrowers and may not be enough to dampen the impact of the foreclosure crisis on the economy.

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US Navy arrives in Indonesian quake zone

Posted: 10/09/2009 - U.S. Navy ships and helicopters have arrived in Indonesia to distribute aid and evacuate the injured following last week's deadly earthquake.

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Philippine mudslides, floods kill more than 160

Posted: 10/09/2009 - Officials say rescuers have retrieved more than 160 dead from dozens of landslides that buried villages and cut off towns in the rain-soaked northern Philippines.

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Iran to 'blow up the heart of Israel' if attacked

Posted: 10/09/2009 - A top official with Iran's most powerful military force - the Revolutionary Guard - says Tehran will "blow up the heart of Israel" if the Jewish state or the United States attacked Iran.

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