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US may soon become world's top oil producer

Posted: 10/23/2012 - The boom in production is being driven by high oil prices and new drilling methods that are allowing energy companies to unlock oil trapped between rocks.

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Austrians proud of skydiver 'Fearless Felix'

Updated: 10/15/2012 - Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner yesterday became the first man to shatter the sound barrier without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft, when he jumped from a balloon floating in the stratosphere above the New Mexico desert.

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US names new top diplomat to Libya

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Posted: 10/11/2012 - The State Department said Thursday that Laurence Pope will serve as the charge d'affaires pending confirmation of the person who will be nominated to succeed Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in the Sept. 11 attack.

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Jamaican ordered held in slaying of SC couple

Posted: 09/26/2012 - Meyshane Johnson was making his first court appearance since his arrest on suspicion of killing Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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White House: Obama views Libya attack as terrorism

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Posted: 09/26/2012 - White House spokesman Jay Carney says it is "certainly the case that it is our view as an administration, and the president's view, that it was a terrorist attack."

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Ahmadinejad pushes new world order

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Posted: 09/25/2012 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that a new world order needs to emerge, away from American "bullying" and domination.

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Italy's high court upholds American convictions

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Posted: 09/19/2012 - The ruling on Wednesday marks the final appeal in the first trial anywhere in the world involving the CIA's practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries where torture is permitted.

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France ups embassy security after prophet cartoons

Posted: 09/19/2012 - The Foreign Ministry is urging French people in the Muslim world to exercises "the greatest vigilance," avoiding all public gatherings and "sensitive buildings" such as those representing the West or religious sites.

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Arctic ice shrinks to all-time low; half 1980 size

Posted: 09/19/2012 - The ice cap at the North Pole measured 1.32 million square miles on Sunday. The previous low was 1.61 million square miles in 2007. Records go back to 1979 based on satellite tracking.

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Doubts over Harvard claim of 'Jesus' Wife' papyrus

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Scholars on Wednesday questioned the much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar that a 4th century fragment of papyrus provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.

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Afghan insurgents: Attack revenge for prophet film

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Posted: 09/18/2012 - Haroon Zarghhon claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack near Kabul airport in an email to The Associated Press. He said the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima.

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US officials say 2 warships moving toward Libya

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Posted: 09/12/2012 - The destroyers have crews totaling about 300. There have been four destroyers in the Mediterranean for some time. These moves will increase that to five.

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Watchdog: 3,600 complaints over naked prince pics

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Royal officials argued that the photos were a breach of the prince's privacy, but the officials weren't among those who'd filed complaints with Britain's Press Complaints Commission.

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Taliban claims it shot down NATO helicopter

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Posted: 08/16/2012 - An alliance statement says at least three of those killed were American service members. The nationalities of the other four were not immediately identified.

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Egypt's Mubarak on life support after heart stops

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Posted: 06/19/2012 - The state news agency MENA said the 84-year-old Mubarak was "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital from prison. It said doctors used a defibrillator on his several times.

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US official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by US drone

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Updated: 06/05/2012 - The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, says that no one left in al-Qaida comes close to replacing the expertise al-Qaida has just lost.

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