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Bush administration awaits word on invitations to peace conference

Posted: 11/21/2007 - The conference is scheduled to begin Monday in Washington, move to Annapolis, Maryland, Tuesday, and then wrap up Wednesday back in the nation's capital. The big event will be a marathon session Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Academy to be opened by President Bush.

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Gastronomic greatness or sheer gluttony?

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Some annual events, like the corn-eating contest in Iowa and the meat-pie championship in England, have been cut back or canceled amid an epidemic of obesity.

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Thousands gather for Aggie bonfire

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Dry conditions and strong winds prompted local officials to impose a burn ban last week, forcing bonfire organizers to postpone the event which had been planned for last Saturday.

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Grain bin collapse wrecks Iowa home, traps four

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Some people in Hillsboro say the ground shook as the bin containing a-half million bushels of corn came down Monday night. Others say the metal rivets popping out of the 90-foot-high grain bin sounded like machine-gun fire.

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Feds say Crandall Canyon Mine has been sealed

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Federal regulators have revealed the company that owns the mine sealed three main passageways with concrete blocks last month, leaving the bodies of six miners and expensive mining machines inside.

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Former aide blames Bush for leak deceit

Posted: 11/21/2007 - McClellan charges that he was allowed to unknowingly pass false information when he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and Lewis Libby were "not involved" in the leak.

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University of Chicago campus on alert after student shot to death

Posted: 11/21/2007 - A graduate student from Senegal who was about to get his doctorate in chemistry was gunned down near the campus yesterday. Less than a hour before that, someone fired a shot at a staffer walking nearby. And two students were robbed at gunpoint.

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FBI offers reward in case of unidentified "Baby Grace"

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Investigators say the girl had waist-long, wavy blond or light brown hair and was wearing a Target-brand pink, broom skirt, a pink or red shirt and white light-up tennis shoes with purple flowers on them.

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Putin: Russia will respond to NATO 'muscle-flexing' near borders

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Putin says NATO has been building up military forces in "violation of previous agreements." He says because of that, Russia is going to suspend its obligations under a treaty that limits the deployment of tanks, aircraft and heavy weapons.

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French judge files preliminary charges against former President Chirac

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Chirac's lawyer says a judge filed preliminary charges today in a probe of embezzled public funds. There have been allegations that people were given fake jobs when he was mayor. Chirac was able to skirt investigation as president because of the immunity that goes with that job.

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Scientists find fossil of what once was the world's biggest bug

Posted: 11/21/2007 - British scientists have recently stumbled on a massive fossilized sea scorpion claw, which has them thinking that spiders, insects, crabs and other such creatures were much bigger in the past than previously realized. One of the researchers says they knew ancient bugs were big, but the size of the scorpion is an "amazing discovery."

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New York backs off planned bus, subway fare hikes

Posted: 11/20/2007 - Transit officials today say the base cost for a one-way ride on public transportation will remain at 2 dollars through 2009. The price of monthly passes and other discount programs may still go up.

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Gates informs Congress of Pentagon funding shift

Posted: 11/20/2007 - The Pentagon press secretary says 3.7 billion dollars will come from the Navy and Air Force payroll budgets, while 800 million will come from elsewhere in the Pentagon's base budget.

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Supreme Court to examine D.C. gun ban

Posted: 11/20/2007 - The D.C. government wants the court to uphold the ban that's been in place for 31 years. A federal appeals court ruling struck down the ban, saying it's incompatible with the Constitution's protection of the right to "keep and bear arms."

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Invitations set to go out for U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference

Posted: 11/20/2007 - U.S. ambassadors around the globe are expected to receive a detailed list of instructions today for issuing the invitations, with a script that runs more than 10 pages. The State Department is holding off on a formal announcement of the conference until the invitations go out.

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