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Space Shuttle crew aboard and ready for launch

Posted: 05/31/2008 - Discovery's astronauts are all dressed up in their orange pressure suits, and they definitely have someplace to go--the International Space Station.

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House, Senate disagree on extent of smoking ban

Posted: 05/28/2008 - The House again passed a bill Wednesday that bans smoking in restaurants, bars, and workplaces. But casinos and bingo halls are exempt. That is different from a Senate-approved version which bans smoking in all workplaces.

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Ex-SEAL trainee seeks to overturn murder conviction

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Dustin Turner was convicted 12 years ago of abducting and killing Jennifer Evans outside a Virginia Beach bar. But fellow SEAL trainee Billy Joe Brown now says he did it.

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Court takes lesbian insemination case

Posted: 05/28/2008 - The California Supreme Court this week hears a discrimination appeal from a woman who says she was denied artificial insemination because she is a lesbian.

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Texas appeal says FLDS families are flight risks

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Texas child welfare officials have updated their state Supreme Court appeal of a ruling against the removal of 440 children from a polygamist retreat. Officials argue that families of the children could flee Texas if they regain custody, leaving state courts with no jurisdiction.

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Space station crew to NASA: Send plumber soon

Updated: 05/13/2013 - The international space station has a plumbing problem: the lone toilet is broken. So NASA may make an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.

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Health problems feared for kids who lived in FEMA trailers

Posted: 05/28/2008 - The trailers -- up to 143,000 of them -- may have formaldehyde fumes up to five times the safe level. Formaldehyde is classified as a probable cancer-causing agent, and kids are believed to be at particular risk.

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Amnesty International releases human rights report

Posted: 05/28/2008 - In its annual report on human rights around the world, the group is criticizing America for supporting a state of emergency last year in Pakistan that led to the sacking of judges and a clampdown on the media.

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Official: California gay weddings a go for some

Updated: 05/13/2013 - Same-sex couples in some California counties will be able to marry in a matter of weeks. The president of the state's county clerks association says clerks will be authorized to hand out marriage licenses as soon as Saturday, June 14th.

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Major changes urged in transracial adoption

Posted: 05/27/2008 - Several leading child welfare groups are urging an overhaul of federal laws dealing with transracial adoption. They argue black children in foster care are ill-served by a "colorblind" approach meant to encourage their adoption by white families.

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Tornadoes reported in Kansas, Oklahoma

Posted: 05/27/2008 - Kansas has been hit with tornadoes just three days after storms left two people dead. At least one twister was reported in rural Oklahoma.

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Eight wounded in neighborhood shootings

Posted: 05/27/2008 - New York City police are searching for suspects after eight people were shot near a busy intersection in Harlem last night.

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Conservative group starting campaign to foil climate bill

Posted: 05/27/2008 - A conservative, free-market advocacy group called The Club for Growth will air the ads beginning this week in North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Montana. The ads will try to pressure senators from those states, four of whom are up for re-election this year.

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Militant group warns Mosul retaliation

Posted: 05/27/2008 - Members of al-Qaida in Iraq say they're waiting for the right time to retaliate against a crackdown in the northern city of Mosul.

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Power restored in storm-ravaged Twin City suburb

Posted: 05/26/2008 - The power's back on for most of the 15,000 suburban Twin Cities customers blacked out during yesterday's damaging storms. A power company official says most of the lights came back early today in the blacked out area, primarily in Hugo and Forest Lake, Minnesota.

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