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  • Candidates for the leader of Japan's ruling Democratic Party, from left, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, former Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, Trade and Economy Minister Banri Kaieda, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Farm Minister Michihiko Kano, join their hands prior to a debate in Tokyo Sunday,

    Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was chosen on Monday to become Japan’s sixth prime minister in five years, but has to overcome a divided parliament and deep rifts in the ruling party if he is to make more of a mark than his predecessors.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Al Qaeda's new second-in-command, Atiyah abd al-Rahman, is pictured in this handout photograph obtained on August 27, 2011.

    Pakistan still had no confirmation on Monday that al Qaeda’s deputy chief had been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike near the Afghan border, two days after American officials said his death was a major victory in the war against the group.

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    29 Aug 11
  • With the skyline of New York in the background, people walk during sunset at the Jersey City Waterfront Walkway along Hudson river in New Jersey August 28, 2011.

    New York City was slowly getting back to business as usual on Monday after Hurricane Irene but hundreds of thousands of people who normally travel in from the surrounding area faced a hellish commute as flooding knocked out some transit routes.

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    29 Aug 11
  • Baseball1

    CLASS B:Savage 17–Chaska 5Burnsville 3–Miesville 2 CLASS C:Fairmont 3–St. Cloud 1Nisswa 6–Ada 5Waconia 2–Prior Lake 1 (14 Inn)New Prague 8–Maple Lake 3 STATE AMATEUR BASEBALL REPORTS CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:St. Peter 7–Minnewaska 0 …

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    27 Aug 11
  • Hoax sign warns Arizona drivers of panda rampage

    A wave of “panda-monium” has swept through a northern Arizona city thanks to a mischievous street sign hacker who warned motorists of a “ROGUE PANDA ON RAMPAGE.”

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    26 Aug 11
  • Captain allowed to stay in Navy despite bawdy videos

    A Navy panel ruled on Wednesday that the captain of an aircraft carrier who was penalized for producing bawdy videos with slurs against gays can remain in the service, officials said.

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    26 Aug 11
  • Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011.

    The race to pick Japan’s sixth leader in five years appeared on Friday to be shaping up as a battle between the most popular contender and a rival backed by a party powerbroker, although with five candidates in play, the outcome was hard to call.

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    26 Aug 11
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Enhanced Oversight After the Financial Crisis: The Wall Street Reform Act at One Year on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 21, 2011.

    Those expecting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to pull a rabbit from his hat at a retreat for central bankers here on Friday may be in for a letdown.

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    26 Aug 11