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Edwards defense to ask judge to throw out US case

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Defense lawyers for John Edwards will ask a judge Friday to dismiss corruption charges against their client, arguing prosecutors failed to prove the former U.S. presidential candidate intentionally violated the law.

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Ex-NE mob boss to be sentenced in strip club plot

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Nine people described by prosecutors as Mafia leaders, members and associates were ensnared by an investigation into the shakedown of Providence strip clubs and other extortion activities.

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Lobster hostilities lead to boat sinkings in US

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The sinking of two lobster boats is rekindling memories of hostilities among U.S. lobstermen two years ago that led to a near-fatal shooting, boats being sunk and a barrage of lobster trap vandalism along Maine's lobster-rich coast.

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Obama heads to struggling Nev. after fundraising

Posted: 05/11/2012 - President Barack Obama is turning his attention back to the economy after a day spent raising millions of dollars for his campaign and riding a media wave on his newly declared support for same-sex marriage.

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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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