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Government to determine risk level of chemical plants

April 23rd, 2007 11:12 pm by Associated Press

WASHINGTON - For most of her life, Jean Taylor has lived in northern New Jersey near the largest oil refinery on the East Coast.

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Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin dead at 76

April 23rd, 2007 11:12 pm by Associated Press

MOSCOW - Boris Yeltsin, who kicked the props out from under the tottering Soviet empire and then struggled to build a nation from its wreckage, died Monday after seeing many of his democratic reforms rolled back. The former Russian president was 76.

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Gates pitches missile defense to Russians, comes up empty

April 23rd, 2007 11:12 pm by Associated Press

MOSCOW - Defense Secretary Robert Gates failed Monday to coax Russia from its opposition to U.S. missile defense bases in Europe, but he suggested Moscow may be more flexible than it seems.

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Sarkozy, Royal scramble to woo center in battle to lead France

April 23rd, 2007 11:12 pm by Associated Press

PARIS - Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal jumped into their presidential runoff campaign Monday by wooing voters who deserted them for a farmer's son who championed the political middle.

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Navy sifts Blue Angels crash for clues

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Investigators looked through wreckage Sunday to determine what caused a Navy Blue Angel jet to crash during a maneuver, while the military identified the fallen pilot as a 32-year-old who was performing in one of his first air shows w

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Students return to Va. Tech campus, prepare for classes

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

BLACKSBURG - Still grieving and increasingly wary of the media spotlight, Virginia Tech students returned to their beleaguered campus Sunday, preparing to salvage the final weeks of a semester eclipsed by violence.

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Impromptu memorial to shooting victims has room for their killer

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

BLACKSBURG - On the edge of the Virginia Tech Drillfield stands a semicircle of stones - 33 chunks of locally quarried rust- gray "Hokie" limestone.

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French voters propel Sarkozy, Royal to presidential runoff

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced to a runoff in Sunday's presidential election, presenting France with a fundamental left-right choice between a conservative who could push his anxious nation toward painful change and a socialist who

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Gunmen kill 23 members of ancient sect in Iraq

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

BAGHDAD - Gunmen shot and killed 23 members of an ancient religious sect in northern Iraq on Sunday after stopping their bus and separating out followers of other faiths while car bombings in the capital killed at least another 20 people.

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Al-Maliki orders halt to construction of wall

April 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm by Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt - Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that he has ordered a halt to the U.S. military construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after fierce criticism over the project at home.

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