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Gulf Coast Communities Investigate Oily Sea Mist

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How An Oil Spill Spread Into A National Crisis

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Energy A Priority As Congress Returns From Break

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Report Reveals Corruption in Iraqi Government

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Obama Courts Cuban-American Voters

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Republicans Compete in Iowa Straw Poll

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Plains Farmers Learn from Past as Aquifer Depletes

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Live Earth, Spanning the Globe

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Obama Leads in Election Fundraising

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Deciding the Future of Guantanamo

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Cleveland Wins Upset to Get to NBA Finals

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DNA Finding May Aid Breast Cancer Fight

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Conservative Sarkozy Wins French Presidency

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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Court Black Mayors

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