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If elected president, Barack Obama will offer Colin Powell, a retired four-star general and President Bush's former secretary of state, a position as a top adviser in the Democratic White House, Obama said on NBC's "Today" show Monday. Powell endorsed Obama's candidacy a day earlier but said he was not eager to return to government service.

The Supreme Court stepped into a water dispute Monday involving Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming by appointing an outside lawyer to summon witnesses and issue subpoenas. The case centers on the interpretation of a 1950 agreement on how water from the Tongue and Powder rivers is supposed to be divided. The justices also agreed to decide whether people picked up on immigration violations can face charges of identity theft if they used the Social Security and ID numbers of other people.

Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, a last-place team a year ago and perennial doormats since starting play in 1998, advanced to the World Series Sunday by defeating the defending champion Boston Red Sox, 3-1, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. Above, Tampa Bay second baseman Akinori Iwamura high-fives fans after the clincher. The Rays will host the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday.

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