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Five Blackwater Worldwide guards, facing charges of killing 14 innocent Iraqis, will stand trial in Washington instead of Utah, their preferred site. A federal judge on Monday denied their request and ordered them to report Jan. 6 to a D.C. courthouse. One defendant lives in Utah, where it's thought jurors might be more sympathetic to the guards, all decorated military veterans, who maintain they were only responding to an imminent car-bomb attack in Baghdad in 2007.

President Bush on Tuesday called for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to step down, in a strongly worded statement in which he described Mugabe's rule as tyrannical.

In recognition of the trend toward online journalism, the Pulitzer Board announced Monday that it will expand its “tent” to consider newspapers and stories that are published only online in selecting winners of the prestigious industry awards.

After developing mechanical problems, a military jet on a training flight over a San Diego suburb crashed and killed three people while destroying two homes. A fourth person was listed as missing, but the pilot, who was en route between an offshore aircraft carrier and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, ejected safely.

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