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Almost half of new vets seek disability

Posted: 05/28/2012 - America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

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Park of animatronic dinosaurs opening in NJ

Posted: 05/28/2012 - A new family attraction featuring more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs opens this holiday weekend on 20 acres of woods and grass in northern New Jersey.

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3 rescued from plane crash site in remote Idaho

Posted: 05/28/2012 - Hours after their plane crashed on a steep and snowy mountainside in Idaho, a California fireman, his wife and their adult daughter were airlifted to safety by National Guard rescuers.

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Obama to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day

Posted: 05/28/2012 - President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation's fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died during the Vietnam War.

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5-time champ Johnny Tapia found dead in NM

Posted: 05/28/2012 - Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

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Lady Gaga sends love to Indonesian fans

Posted: 05/28/2012 - Lady Gaga told fans she was "devastated" at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following threats by Islamic hard-liners, who called her a "devil worshipper."

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Tropical Storm Beryl could snarl holiday traffic

Updated: 05/28/2012 - Tropical Storm Beryl threatened to snarl traffic on Memorial Day as it brought drenching rain, winds and the possibility of flooding to the southeastern U.S. coast.

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Almost half of new vets seek disability

Posted: 05/27/2012 - America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate. Government officials say that 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. Officials tell The Associated Press that's more than double the estimated 21 percent who filed such claims after the earlier Gulf War in the 1990s.

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Mich. wildfire stabilizes, rain aids control work

Posted: 05/27/2012 - Rain is lending a hand to crew members who are battling a wildfire that has consumed 31.6 square miles of forest in the eastern port of Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula.

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Gay students graduate openly at military academies

Posted: 05/27/2012 - Gay students at America's military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events.

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New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

Posted: 05/27/2012 - Officials say there's still no containment on a raging New Mexico wildfire covering more than 81,000 acres that's promoted health alerts across a wide area of the state due to the smoke.

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Polls on gay marriage not yet reflected in votes

Posted: 05/27/2012 - Poll after poll shows public support for same-sex marriage steadily increasing, to the point where it's now a majority viewpoint. Yet in all 32 states where gay marriage has been on the ballot, voters have rejected it.

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Beryl to bring rain, winds to southeast US coast

Posted: 05/27/2012 - The National Hurricane Center says a subtropical storm called Beryl is crawling nearer to the U.S. Southeast coast and is expected to make for a rainy finish to the long Memorial Day weekend on beaches from north Florida to South Carolina.

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Crew of Va. ship in piracy drama sues for $50M

Posted: 05/26/2012 - More than half the crew members of a container ship that was at the center of a piracy drama off Somalia in April 2009 are suing for nearly $50 million, contending their captain ignored warnings to sail clear of pirate-infested waters off Africa.

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CIA remembers losses in covert operations

Posted: 05/26/2012 - The CIA is remembering those lost in covert operations, adding a new star to the intelligence agency's memorial wall and more than a dozen names to its Book of Honor.

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Job, economy fears mix with hope for Class of '12

Posted: 05/26/2012 - It's a time when hope collides with economic reality, when the relief of that last class and the thrill of holding that diploma give way to the next big step -- finding a job.

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Letters asked judge for leniency in NJ webcam case

Posted: 05/26/2012 - The judge in the case of a former Rutgers student who used a webcam to see his roommate kiss another man has released more than 100 letters he received about the case.

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Illegal immigrants find paths to college, careers

Posted: 05/26/2012 - College once seemed inconceivable for those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, because they lacked a Social Security number and work permit, and didn't qualify for financial aid.

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