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Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, is an American who grew up in Southern California, converted to Islam and joined al-Qaida. Here he speaks in a 106-minute-long video released Sept. 22, 2009.
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The U.S. burned 138 billion gallons of gas last year. Currently, gasoline contains up to 10 percent ethanol. The ethanol industry wants to increase that to 15 percent, but the oil industry has raised concerns.
Haitians sit in front of the fence surrounding the crumbling presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in August. Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people, left 1.5 million homeless and destroyed much of the capital.
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Dr. Michele Roberts Casey examines Janice Seitzinger at her office on the campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C. Casey, a primary care physician, made the leap from private practice to hospital employment in April.
In 2003, Samir Khan launched a popular al-Qaida website from the basement of his parents' home in Charlotte, N.C. Today, he is believed to be behind an English-language al-Qaida magazine that reads like a glossy American publication -- except its topic is terrorism.
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National police at the Polish port of Gydnia protect shipping containers of highly enriched uranium en route to Siberia. The trip from Poland to Russia took two weeks, and the bomb-grade material arrived by train from Warsaw under heavy security.
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Adnan Shukrijumah, shown here in undated photos from an FBI alert issued in March 2003, is believed to be the highest-ranking American in al-Qaida. He grew up in Florida and poses a new challenge to law enforcement: a terrorist who is not only familiar with the United States but deeply understands it.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter rode a Democratic wave that propelled her to office four years ago. Now, says analyst Andrew Smith, "the Republican wave of anger against the Obama administration and general dissatisfaction with the state of the economy may be the wave that takes her out."
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Vanessa Vohden, mom of 4-month-old Santiago, says she understands the importance of vaccines. She grew up in Peru where she saw kids in wheelchairs as a result of polio.
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