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Typhoon Morakot has claimed more than 500 lives in Taiwan since the storm hit the island's southern region a week ago. Thousands more may still be trapped, according to local reports, making Morakot the worst natural disaster to strike the island in half a century.

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After a long wait, North Carolina has been called for Barack Obama. With an Electoral College landslide already in hand for Obama, the state's 15 electoral votes pump up his total to 364. That leaves one state dragging its heels. We're looking at you, Mizzou. Let's get this thing done.

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A combination of rainfall and rising tides, as well as the possible effects of deforestation, sparked landslides that buried homes and killed at least 80 people in central Indonesia on Wednesday. Thousands were forced to evacuate the Java region, and officials say the death toll may still rise.

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