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Bush is back: Portrait event stirs up odd politics

Posted: 05/31/2012 - President Barack Obama is welcoming his favorite foil, former President George W. Bush, back to the White House on Thursday for the official unveiling of Bush's portrait.

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Shootings leave 6 dead in already jittery Seattle

Posted: 05/31/2012 - A city already anxious about a recent spate of shootings was rattled further when a man walked into an arts cafe near a Seattle university and opened fire, fatally wounding four people.

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Colleges' bank deals saddle students with big fees

Posted: 05/30/2012 - A public interest group says as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to access students' financial aid money.

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US levies new sanctions on key Syrian bank

Posted: 05/30/2012 - The Treasury Department is levying sanctions on a key Syrian bank as it seeks to ratchet up economic pressure on President Bashar Assad's regime.

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Foie gras feeding frenzy grows as Calif. ban nears

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Demand for the delicacy created by force-feeding ducks through funnel-like tubes has never been higher as diners sate their palates with a product that soon will be banned

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ACLU lawsuit challenges Ill. gay marriage ban

Posted: 05/30/2012 - More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples filed lawsuits Wednesday arguing that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to deny them the right to marry.

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Forest wildfire becomes largest in NM history

Posted: 05/30/2012 - A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday.

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Obama team to focus on Romney's record in Mass.

Posted: 05/30/2012 - President Barack Obama's campaign is opening a new critique of Mitt Romney, focusing attention on the Republican's economic record as governor of Massachusetts.

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Ex-Rutgers student in webcam case to go to jail

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Dharun Ravi appeared in state court to formally put on the record his decision to report to jail Thursday and waive his right not to be punished twice for the same crime.

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Funky Winkerbean and its creator graying together

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Like two aging baby boomers, "Funky Winkerbean" and creator Tom Batiuk have turned gray and have experienced their share of life's ups and downs in a 40-year run on the funny pages.

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Obama's health care aid to small firms disappoints

Posted: 05/30/2012 - A health insurance tax credit for small businesses, part of President Barack Obama's health care law that gets strong support in public opinion polls, has turned out to be a disappointment.

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Guitar picking master Doc Watson dies in NC at 89

Posted: 05/30/2012 - From the folk revival of the 1960s to the Americana movement of the 21st century, Watson remained a constant source of inspiration and a treasured touchstone before his death Tuesday at age 89.

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New lab turns SD gold town into scientific hub

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe.

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Deals with banks stack fees on college students

Posted: 05/30/2012 - As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report.

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Battered BlackBerry maker weighs options

Posted: 05/30/2012 - BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion has hired a team of bankers to help it weigh its options as its business erodes in the face of an exodus to the iPhone and Android smartphones.

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