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    August 24, 2010

    Humane Society pressures South Carolina to ban bear baying

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as dogs run and jump at it, a training method called bear baying that for now is allowed in South Carolina, and only in South Carolina. Armed with new undercover video of four such events, the Humane Society of the United States is […]

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    August 24, 2010

    Italy’s ‘lifedogs’ help fetch those in trouble

    The trained canines wear a harness or tow a buoy that swimmers can grab or a raft they can sit on.

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    August 24, 2010

    Mouse viruses may play role in chronic fatigue, researchers say

    WASHINGTON — A U.S. government study has uncovered a family of mouse viruses in some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, raising still more questions about whether an infection may play a role in the complicated illness. Monday’s study does not prove that having any of these viruses causes harm, stressed co-author Dr. Harvey Alter of […]

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    August 24, 2010

    Gunman kills 8 tourist hostages on bus in Manila

    A man said to be angered at losing his policeman's job takes over a bus with visitors from Hong Kong.

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    August 24, 2010

    Rebels gang-rape boys, 154 women in eastern Congo

    JOHANNESBURG — Rwandan and Congolese rebels gang-raped 154 women and some baby boys over four days within miles of a peacekeepers’ base in eastern Congo, the U.N. said. Will F. Cragin of the International Medical Corps said aid and U.N. workers knew rebels had occupied Luvungi town and surrounding villages the day after the attack […]

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    August 24, 2010

    Nation, World Dispatches, Aug. 24, 2010

    WASHINGTON U.S. general: Afghan forces won’t be ready in July 2011 A senior U.S. commander on Monday wouldn’t predict when Afghanistan might take control of its own security and warned that NATO needs at least another year to recruit and train enough soldiers and police officers. The assessment by Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell, the head […]

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    August 24, 2010

    Former Blackwater firm agrees to $42 million fine

    WASHINGTON — The company formerly known as Blackwater violated U.S. export control laws nearly 300 times, the State Department said Monday. The alleged violations ranged from attempts to do business in Sudan while that country was under U.S. sanctions to training an Afghan border patrol official who was a native of Iran. The charges were […]

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    August 24, 2010

    Baptist protesters who target service members’ funerals cut legal deal

    The group, which believes U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality, avoids prosecution in Nebraska.

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    August 24, 2010

    Drug agency seeking nine to translate black vernacular

    The request for translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics could set a precedent, critics say.

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    August 24, 2010

    Chilean miners getting ready for long wait before rescue

    Rescuers develop a plan to keep the 33 men informed and busy nearly a half mile underground.

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