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2012 National Spelling Bee kicks off

Posted: 05/29/2012 - No Wikepedia, no spell check, it's just all smarts for over 200 contestants in the 2012 National Spelling Bee today.

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Dennis Rodman sentenced in family court

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced in family court Tuesday to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.

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Slow, wet Beryl dumps rain on US Southeast coast

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Residents along the Southeast coast were warned of possible flooding Tuesday from former Tropical Storm Beryl that left up to 10 inches of rain in northern Florida

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Worker shot outside South Texas polling location

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A witness says a campaign worker was struck in the leg in a drive-by shooting about 100 yards from a South Texas polling place that doubles as a police and fire station.

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LAPD allowed Manson family member recordings

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A Texas judge has ruled that Los Angeles police are entitled to recordings of conversations between a Manson family member and his attorney.

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Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner.

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John Edwards jury resumes deliberation for 7th day

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The jury in the John Edwards campaign finance corruption trial is deliberating for a seventh day after a long weekend in which they were warned by the judge not to discuss the case.

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Obama campaign raps Romney on Trump rhetoric

Posted: 05/29/2012 - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is releasing a television advertisement accusing Mitt Romney of failing to stand up to "the voices of extremism" in his party.

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Witness says naked attacker was chewing man's face

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A witness says a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man on a downtown highway ramp kept eating and growled at a police officer who fatally shot him to make him stop.

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US officials assess storm preparations after Beryl

Posted: 05/29/2012 - With the official start of hurricane season coming Friday, U.S. officials are reviewing their disaster plans — especially since a tropical storm already swept ashore this week.

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Obama vows to protect benefits for veterans

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The president paid special tribute to Vietnam veterans, noting that many "came home and were sometimes denigrated when you should have been celebrated."

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Judge excuses 3rd juror in Roger Clemens trial

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The federal judge in the perjury trial against former major league pitcher Roger Clemens has excused a third juror, leaving just one alternate as the trial enters its seventh week.

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Dairies pamper cows with massages, waterbeds

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Gilbertson rubbed the Holstein's spine by gently squeezing it from neck to tail, pausing to apply firm pressure to one hip and readjust several vertebrae.

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Home prices rise in most major US cities

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Home prices rose in March from February in most major U.S. cities for the first time in seven months. The increase is latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape in the troubled housing market.

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Man falls to death from crane in Dallas standoff

Updated: 05/29/2012 - A man dangled from the cab of a 150-foot construction crane before falling to his death early Tuesday at a college campus in Dallas, ending a more than 14-hour standoff, police said.

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Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away.

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Calif. 9/11 fund raided for deficits

Posted: 05/29/2012 - An Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the "California Memorial Scholarship Program" shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships.

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First lady's book: On growing seeds, healthy kids

Posted: 05/29/2012 - From the beginning, Michelle Obama's kitchen garden has been an overachiever, churning out more peppers, parsley and eggplant than expected, and generating interest that — yes, really — crosses oceans.

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Obama says Vietnam veterans too often 'denigrated'

Posted: 05/28/2012 - President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, singling out Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes, vowing that "it will not happen again."

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