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Nine U.S. Troops Killed in Suicide Attack

American military officials reported that a suicide bomber killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 20 Monday.  The bomber detonated a car explosive close to the soldiers’ base in Diyala province, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Another American casualty was recorded in Muqdadiya the same day.

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Bush Says He Will Block Pullout Bill

President Bush is determined to keep American troops in Iraq well past Oct. 1, the date Congress set to begin the U.S. pullout in an agreement reached Monday. Although the House and Senate agreed to pour $124 billion more into the war chest, Bush says he’ll veto the bill, while his critics suggest he’s trying to save face as he rides out his term.

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The Great Bee Mystery

Whither the bees? An American bee-tracking group has noted an alarming drop in the nation’s honeybee count, apparently due to their losing their inborn homing instincts and thus their way back to their hives. Conspiracy theories abound, according to The New York Times, including one claiming that what’s going on here is actually “the rapture of the bees.”

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None of the Above

It may sound redundant or contradictory, but Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett proposed a bill that would give voters another ballot choice besides the candidates in the running:  “I choose not to vote.”  Floridians fatigued by the alleged frauds and hanging chads of recent years (as well as mudslinging campaigns) could signal their distaste by using the new option.

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U.S. Gives Sudan Ultimatum

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has told the Sudanese government it must either cooperate with a U.N. peacekeeping plan or face sanctions. However, the U.S. has agreed to give U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon time to work with Khartoum before pressing the issue.

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Jon Corzine, Virtual Governor

Eleven days after a car accident nearly claimed his life, New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine was in stable enough condition to entertain the possibility of resuming work from his hospital bed.  His staff is apparently looking into video-conferencing options for him to use when he is ready and able.

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The Politics of Mourning

Why did we lower flags to half-mast for students and faculty killed in the Virginia Tech shootings but do not do the same for our fallen soldiers in the Middle East?  That’s the provocative question posed by Sgt. Jim Wilt from his Army outpost near Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Meet Nigeria’s New President

Amid challenges from European Union observers and other candidates’ camps, People’s Democratic Party member Umaru Yar’Adua was declared the winner of Nigeria’s controversial presidential election.  Yar’Adua is said to have pulled in 70 percent of the votes, but his party is suspected of rigging the election.

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Celebs, Rove Clash at Press Dinner

Karl Rove lashed out at singer Sheryl Crow and eco-activist Laurie David at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, one of the last stops on David and Crow’s nationwide tour to raise awareness about global warming.  David later said Rove threw a “tantrum”; Rove insisted he was intentionally insulted by the celebrity duo.

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Boris Yeltsin Dead at 76

The Kremlin released word on Monday of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s death, apparently of heart failure.  Yeltsin leaves behind a complex legacy. He was instrumental in Russia’s transformation from Soviet state to democracy, but, as Mikhail Gorbachev noted, Yeltsin also made some “serious errors.”

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