John Roos, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, waves to journalists Aug. 19 after his arrival at Narita Airport, outside Tokyo. The new ruling party, the Democratic Party of Japan, has traditionally opposed what it calls Japan's subservience to the United States and criticized the U.S. military presence in the country. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Relationship To Test Japan's New Ruling Party
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Neighbors Describe Alleged Kidnapper As 'Creepy'
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Blaze Threatens Historic Observatory
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Gains Made Against California Fire
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Midwest Factory Has Workers Paint, Garden And Sell
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I Look to You is Whitney Houston's new album. Its predecessor, Just Whitney, came out in 2002. Arista Records hide caption

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Whitney Houston Is Back
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Firefighters work a fire threatening houses in the La Cresenta section of Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Calif. Wildfires Spread, Homes Destroyed
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An Afghan security officer guards ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 29, 2009. Now, the country's Electoral Complaints Commission is investigating hundreds formal complaints of fraud. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Fraud Complaints Cloud Afghan Election
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Arizona Faces 'Financial Tsunami' Over Medicaid
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Detroit Mayor Warns Of Tough Road Ahead
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