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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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Turkey, Iraq Tackle Kurdish Rebel Trouble

As if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki didn’t already have his hands full, now he’s dealing with pressure from Turkey to drive out members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have hunkered down in northern Iraq—or else Turkish troops will do the honors.

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Obama Downplays Clinton’s Gain

Barack Obama’s campaign reached out to supporters on Monday, attempting to downplay national polls that show Hillary Clinton gaining more of a lead. Campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama is still doing well in the key primary states, despite a seven-point bump nationally for Hillary.

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Wave of Shootings in Oakland

A wave of shootings following the assassination of an Oakland, Calif., journalist has left seven dead since Friday. Seventy-nine people have been killed in Oakland so far this year. That’s five fewer than at the same time last year, but still far too high.

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