U.S. Marines attend a role call on the flight deck of the USS Essex, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship, in November. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants to reduce the Marine Corps by 15,000 to 20,000 in the coming years.
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Young, unemployed men play cards in a cafe of Sidi Bouzid, the rural Tunisian town where a street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire, triggering recent protests.
Farmer Tim Winn, who has a farm on the banks of the Willamette River, says government scientists have concluded that there is nothing dangerous about the "Roundup Ready" version of the sugar beet crop.
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