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Same-sex partners to get fed benefits

Posted: 06/16/2009 - President Barack Obama is about to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Obama has been under growing criticism for not seeking to end the ban on openly gay men and women in the military and the decision is a political nod to a reliably Democratic voting bloc. In recent weeks, they've grown frustrated with the White House's slow movement on their priorities.

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Ky. authorities investigate boy's elevator death

Posted: 06/16/2009 - Kentucky officials were investigating what happened to an 8-year-old boy who was found with his head pinned in a church elevator as his family was cleaning up after his grandmother's wedding reception.

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2 girls put on wrong Continental Express flights

Posted: 06/16/2009 - Continental Airlines is blaming "miscommunication among staff" for two different unaccompanied girls being placed on wrong Continental Express flights over the weekend.

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NASA begins fueling shuttle after storm delay

Posted: 06/16/2009 - Racing against the clock, NASA began fueling shuttle Endeavour for a Wednesday launch to the international space station after thunderstorms caused a three-hour delay.

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Holder urges new hate crimes law

Updated: 06/16/2009 - Citing recent killings in Arkansas, Kansas and the nation's capital, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said new hate crimes law were needed to stop what he called "violence masquerading as political activism."

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Thousands Rally Again in Streets of Iran's Capital

Posted: 06/16/2009 - Thousands of pro-reform protesters marched Tuesday in a second straight day of large street demonstrations in the Iranian capital, defying both their leader and the government after the clerical regime said it would recount some disputed ballots from the presidential election.

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New Rules Designed to Cut Pilot Fatigue

Posted: 06/15/2009 - Obama administration officials said Monday they will propose new limits on how many hours airline pilots can fly in an effort to curb pilot fatigue, an issue safety officials have been urging action on for two decades.

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World Trade Development Talks Stalled

Posted: 06/15/2009 - Talks spearheaded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end an impasse at the World Trade Center site are still stalled.

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Administration Calls for Financial System Overhaul

Posted: 06/15/2009 - The Obama administration wants to overhaul the country's financial rule book by giving the Federal Reserve increased powers but, bowing to critics in Congress, is backing away from proposals to consolidate various regulatory agencies.

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Gas Prices Rise for 48th Day but Oil Sells Off

Posted: 06/15/2009 - Gas prices rose Monday for the 48th straight day, matching a record going back to at least the 1970s, with prices now up nearly two-thirds since the beginning of the year even as demand from motorists remains weak.

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FAA: At Least 2 Dead in Small Plane Crash in NY

Posted: 06/14/2009 - A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a small plane has crashed into New York's Mohawk River with three people aboard, and at least two have died.

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18-Year Old Arrested in Florida Cat Mutilations

Posted: 06/14/2009 - A South Florida teenager was arrested early Sunday and accused of killing and mutilating the cats of his neighbors - a disturbing string of deaths that has horrified residents and shaken animal lovers in two Miami-area communities

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McConnell Says Blocking Sotomayor is an Option

Posted: 06/14/2009 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it's too early to talk about supporting or opposing Sonia Sotomayor. But he says blocking her nomination to the Supreme Court with a filibuster is an option.

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Idol Auditions Attract Thousands in Mass.

Posted: 06/14/2009 - Yes, they were singing in the rain. Thousands of "American Idol" hopefuls braved showers and unseasonable cold winds Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. with the hopes of becoming the show's next star.

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Biden Says 'Everyone Guessed Wrong' on Jobs Number

Posted: 06/14/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration's spending designed to combat rising joblessness.

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