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Guinness recognizes surfer for riding 78-foot wave

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The record-keeping agency is acknowledging a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot.

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Civil rights lawsuit filed against Ariz. sheriff

Posted: 05/11/2012 - As defiant as ever, get-tough Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces a federal court showdown over charges that deputies on his trademark immigration patrols racially profiled Latinos in violation of civil rights law.

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US rep for Sri Lankan rebels faces sentencing

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Nearly six years have passed since U.S. authorities took the unusual step of rounding up a group of Sri Lankan immigrants and charging them with breaking terror financing laws

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FDA panel backs first pill to block HIV infection

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The first drug shown to prevent HIV infection won the endorsement of a panel of federal advisers Thursday, clearing the way for a landmark approval in the 30-year fight against the virus that causes AIDS.

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Biden proves catalyst for Obama on gay marriage

Posted: 05/11/2012 - After nearly single-handedly pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the campaign and pressuring President Barack Obama to declare his support, there was only one thing left for Joe Biden to do: apologize.

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Justice Dept. plans to sue Arizona sheriff Arpaio

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Federal authorities have said they plan to sue Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including the racial profiling of Latinos.

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Clemens team wants to bring back colorful witness

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin told the judge in the former baseball pitcher's perjury trial Wednesday that the defense has additional questions it wants to ask Radomski when it makes its case to the jurors.

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GOP plan cuts social programs to protect Pentagon

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Moving to protect the Pentagon, Republicans controlling the House are pressing for cuts to food stamps, health care and pensions for federal workers as an alternative to an automatic 10 percent cut to the military next year.

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US trade gap widens at fastest pace in 10 months

Posted: 05/10/2012 - The U.S. trade deficit rose in March at the fastest rate in 10 months. A rise in consumer goods lifted imports to a record level, outpacing a solid gain in U.S. exports.

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US applications for unemployment aid dip to 367K

Posted: 05/10/2012 - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week after dropping sharply the previous week, evidence hiring could pick up this month.

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Oil boom resurrects North Dakota ghost town

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Like many farm-dependent communities throughout the nation, Dore fell victim to changing agricultural practices and a harsh rural economy.

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Americans divided as Obama endorses gay marriage

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Americans reacted with joy, scorn and indifference to Obama's words in a television interview on Wednesday: "It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

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Minn. Vikings a vote away from new stadium

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Only a state Senate vote stands between the franchise and the $975 million stadium the Vikings would move into ahead of the 2016 season. The House passed the stadium plan early Thursday by a 71-60 vote.

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Obama to require regular reviews of federal rules

Posted: 05/10/2012 - President Barack Obama is signing an executive order Thursday that will force federal agencies to scrutinize old rules to determine which ones are justified and to issue regular reports on their progress.

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Suspect billings at 2,600 drugstores

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Medicare paid $5.6 billion to 2,600 pharmacies with questionable billings, including a Kansas drugstore that submitted more than 1,000 prescriptions each for two patients in just one year, government investigators have found.

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Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

Posted: 05/10/2012 - Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies.

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Obama backs same-sex marriage

Updated: 05/09/2012 - Three days after Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with two men or two women getting married, Mr. Obama told ABC News in a hastily arranged interview that "Americans should be treated fairly and equally."

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