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Nov 21,2007
NEW YORK -- A suspected New York weapons dealer was fatally shot this week after holding authorities at bay by threatening to detonate a grenade.The New York Post reported Wednesday that the unidentified suspect had been trying to sell the explosive device to an undercover operative when authorities attempted to apprehend him.While the operative left the vehicle the pair had been meeting in Tuesday night, the suspected weapons dealer threatened authorities with the grenade.As the ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is revisiting an issue that troubled his 2004 campaign and could cause political trouble for him in 2008, The Boston Globe said.Kerry has taken up a challenge by T. Boone Pickens, a financier of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization, which accused Kerry in 2004 of lying about his military record.On Nov. 6, Pickens offered $1 million to anyone who could disprove anything the organization said about Kerry. ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
HILLSBORO, Iowa -- A house in Hillsboro, Iowa, was knocked 30 feet off its foundation after a grain bin collapsed and sent a massive wave of corn at the home.Curtis Giberson, who lived next to the devastated home, said the grain bin just seemed to fall apart before its contents flooded Jennifer and Jesse Kellett's home Monday, The Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye reported Wednesday."The sides of the bin just went out," Giberson said. "It sounded ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
MIDWAY CITY, Calif. -- A massive search in Midway City, Calif., for a man who attempted to kidnap a 4-year-old girl was all based on a fabricated story, local police said.Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said that the manhunt was prompted by the young girl's claims that a man had attempted to kidnap her at gunpoint, an allegation she used to get back at her mother, the Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Wednesday.Amormino said that ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
MOSCOW -- A Moscow woman has been charged with fraud after trying to sell a 50-pound rock with a fake certificate claiming it was worth almost $300 million.Valentina Pashkova, 68, was arrested by undercover officers who had learned of her attempts to sell the piece of corundum for a discounted $20 million, the Moscow Times reported Wednesday.Corundum is the second-hardest mineral after diamond. The red variety is known as ruby while all other colors are ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
BAGHDAD -- A series of car bombings and other acts of violence Wednesday in Iraq have left 14 people dead and another 22 injured.CNN reported that a car bombing in Ramadi killed five people and injured 16 others, while separate incidents in other regions of the country left three coalition troops and an interpreter dead.Iraq's Alsumaria news service reported that a pair of car bombings in Baghdad killed four civilians and injured at least six ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
CARACAS, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan lawmaker slapped a journalist on live television in a dispute about a story on her infant son's death, El Universal reported Wednesday.Iris Varela hit Gustavo Azocar and broke his glasses Tuesday during his morning television program. Varela is a known ally of President Hugo Chavez, while Azocar is an ardent critic of the leftist Venezuelan leader.A video clip of the incident has appeared on several Venezuelan web sites including El ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Tomas Bata Jr., Czech-born owner of Bata shoe empire, said he planned to seek compensation from the Czech government for his confiscated property.Bata, 93, said his family wants restitution of the value of property nationalized by the Czech communist regime in 1947, Prague Radio reported Wednesday.Sixty years later, the Czech state attorney in August cleared the name of Jan Antonin Bata when it ruled he had committed no crime during World ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
MASTERTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand man has been sentenced to nine months supervision for spanking his 8-year-old son.The father, a Masterton resident, pleaded guilty to assault under a new law that allows parents to be convicted of using even "reasonable" physical punishment, The Dominion Post reported."A lot of us are parents, we know children can be challenging -- but we are the adults," Judge Anthony Walsh said.The father hit the boy three times ... [full story]
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Nov 21,2007
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan police said Wednesday they seized weapons and other items in the capital that were to be used to disrupt an upcoming vote. The weapons, seized in a Caracas home during the weekend, allegedly were going to be used during the Dec. 2 referendum vote on the overhaul of the Venezuelan constitution, El Universal reported. Opponents of the proposed changes to Venezuelan law say President Hugo Chavez is trying to create a ... [full story]
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