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.SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (AP) - Costa Rica has rejected a political asylum request by a Colombian presidential confidante accused of having ties with right-wing paramilitaries.

The Foreign Ministry says that former Sen. Mario Uribe's request is inadmissible based on information shared with them by Colombian prosecutor. Uribe is a second cousin and close ally to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

Colombia's chief prosecutor ordered Mario Uribe's arrest on Tuesday, and the former senator immediately requested asylum at the Costa Rican embassy in Bogota.

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Wed, 04/23/2008
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>UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The conflict in Darfur is getting worse, with full deployment of a new peacekeeping force delayed until 2009 and no prospect of a political settlement for a war that has killed perhaps 300,000 people in five years, U.N. officials said Tuesday.

In grim reports to the Security Council, the United Nations aid chief and the representative of the peacekeeping mission said suffering in the Sudanese region is deteriorating. Tens of thousands more have been uprooted from their homes and food rations to the needy are about to be cut in half, they said.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The conflict in Darfur is getting worse, with full deployment of a new peacekeeping force delayed until 2009 and no prospect of a political settlement for a war that has killed perhaps 300,000 people in five years, U.N. officials ...
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.CHICAGO (AP) - Nine people were killed in 36 shootings over the weekend in Chicago, reflecting what some community leaders say is a deadly breakdown in discipline among gang members after a crackdown over the past few years put many of their leaders behind bars.

"The older guys in the past looked out for the little ones. Now they're all locked up," said Nick Stames, a social studies teacher at Crane Tech High School on the city's gang-ridden West Side. "There's no sense of discipline in the projects. Everybody's doing their own thing."

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CHICAGO (AP) - Nine people were killed in 36 shootings over the weekend in Chicago, reflecting what some community leaders say is a deadly breakdown in discipline among gang members after a crackdown over the past few years put many ...
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The World Bank estimates food prices have risen by 83 percent in three years.
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>LONDON (AP) - Ration cards. Genetically modified crops. The end of pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap supermarkets.

These possible solutions to the first global food crisis since World War II - which the World Food Program says already threatens 20 million of the poorest children - are complex and controversial. And they may not even solve the problem as demand continues to soar.

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LONDON (AP) - Ration cards. Genetically modified crops. The end of pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap supermarkets. These possible solutions to the first global food crisis since World War II - which the World Food Program says already threatens...
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The operation was much larger than was known before, the former U.S. attorney said.
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Thu, 04/24/2008
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;NEW YORK (AP) - New charges that an Army veteran passed military secrets to the same Israeli handler as convicted spy Jonathan Pollard confirms the espionage ring reached further than initially thought, and that the Israelis lied about it, a former prosecutor said Wednesday.

"The similarities are quite eerie," said Joseph E. diGenova, who as U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia oversaw the 1980s-era Pentagon spy scandal that ensnared Pollard, an ex-Navy analyst serving a life sentence for revealing defense secrets to Israel.

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NEW YORK (AP) - New charges that an Army veteran passed military secrets to the same Israeli handler as convicted spy Jonathan Pollard confirms the espionage ring reached further than initially thought, and that the Israelis lied about it,...
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The insects have been showing up in dormitories, hotels, homeless shelters and single-family homes.
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Thu, 04/24/2008
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Bedbugs - they're back. After a worldwide 30-year near-extinction, the creepy, crawly, miniscule, blood-sucking insects have found their way into homes, dormitories, hotels and homeless shelters since the turn of the century.

Not only have bedbugs snuck back into beds, but they're tougher to kill and there is little data on them.

Enter assistant professor Stephen Kells, an entomologist at the University who researches bedbug behaviors and how to exterminate them.

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Bedbugs - they're back. After a worldwide 30-year near-extinction, the creepy, crawly, miniscule, blood-sucking insects have found their way into homes, dormitories, hotels and homeless shelters since the turn of the century. Not only have ...
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The recent primary victory for Sen. Hillary Clinton may just save her campaign.
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.WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton parlayed her campaign-saving primary victory into a fundraising bonanza Wednesday in the Democratic presidential race. Rival Barack Obama, his delegate lead intact, said, "We just keep on plugging away."

One day after Clinton's comfortable win in Pennsylvania, she and Obama looked ahead to contests on May 6 in Indiana and North Carolina and offered sharply contrasting assessments of the race to date.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton parlayed her campaign-saving primary victory into a fundraising bonanza Wednesday in the Democratic presidential race. Rival Barack Obama, his delegate lead intact, said, "We just keep on ...
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Fri, 04/25/2008
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;HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam has failed to police its adoption system, allowing corruption, fraud and baby-selling to flourish, the U.S. Embassy says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

The nine-page document describes brokers scouring villages for babies, hospitals selling infants whose mothers cannot pay their bills and a grandmother giving away her grandchild, without telling the child's mother.

"I'm shocked and deeply troubled by the worst of the worst cases," said Jonathan Aloisi, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam has failed to police its adoption system, allowing corruption, fraud and baby-selling to flourish, the U.S. Embassy says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press. The nine-page document describes brokers ...
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Biologists have created a wetsuit for an African penguin that was going bald.
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.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally.

Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things.

Pierre, a venerable 25 years old, was going bald, which left him with an embarrassingly exposed, pale pink behind.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally. Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin ...
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A van carrying mentally disabled passengers was struck by a semi.
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.EIGHTY-FOUR, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer slammed into a van carrying mentally disabled people on a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo, flipping it onto its side, crushing it against a building and killing five people.

Witnesses told investigators the van stopped at an intersection and then pulled right in front of the semi on a rural highway. Crews worked for several hours Thursday to remove all the bodies from the van. Seven people were injured.

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EIGHTY-FOUR, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer slammed into a van carrying mentally disabled people on a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo, flipping it onto its side, crushing it against a building and killing five people. Witnesses told investigators the van stopped ...
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