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White House Concealed Bush Ailment

About a year ago, the president came down with an unconfirmed case of Lyme disease, the White House has said. Spokesman Scott Stanzel said the ailment wasn’t disclosed to the public because Bush had already had his physical and “It’s not uncommon for the president to have tick bites when he’s out biking.” That’s just gross.

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Pakistan May Crack Down on Freedoms

The Pakistani government may declare a state of emergency, which would grant it extraordinary powers, limit civil liberties and extend the political lifespan of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

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U.N. to Expand Iraq Mission Despite Protest

The Security Council is set to approve an expansion of the U.N.‘s presence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the organization’s staff association, representing thousands of employees around the globe, voted unanimously to oppose the measure and recall U.N. workers already in Baghdad.

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Baghdad Raid Kills 32, Sparks Protests

An overnight attack carried out by American and Iraqi forces against an alleged militant cell killed 32 people in Sadr City, U.S. military sources reported Wednesday.  The raid targeted members of the Mahdi Army militia believed to be smuggling weapons and working in tandem with Iranian militants against U.S. forces, but other sources claimed that women and children numbered among the dead.

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A New Spin on Human Ancestry?

Scientists studying two hominid fossils from Kenya have cause to wonder whether Homo erectus, considered the direct predecessor to the species of humans currently enjoying evolutionary predominance, Homo sapiens, actually evolved from the smaller Homo habilis or whether the two coexisted for about half a million years.

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Minnesota Bridge Hero Says ‘Nope’ to Bush

Out of every big disaster story emerges the ever-reliable “media hero/heroine” subplot.  Thus, last week’s Minneapolis bridge tragedy brought news of one Jeremy Hernandez, 20, who helped 50 children to safety after their school bus started tipping.  According to The New York Times, this particular local hero will enjoy some of the perks of his position in the spotlight, but he’s opting out of a photo op with President Bush.

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NYC Downpour Causes Commuter Chaos

One of the best things about living in New York City has to be the public transportation—that is, except for days like Wednesday, when storms pummeled the city, damaging buildings, causing widespread flooding and displacing thousands of commuters.

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abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

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Robertson Spars With Obama Over Religion

Here’s a big shocker:  Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Christian conservative pundit Pat Robertson (pictured) don’t see eye to eye when it comes to our nation’s religious foundations.  After Obama expressed his views on the subject to Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson opined that Obama is “selling out, well, the origins of our nation.”

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N.Y. Council Considers ‘Bitch’ Ban

Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the “N-word,” the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch.  According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech.  Detractors believe it can be used with benign—even affectionate—inflections.

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