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Overseas crews coming to battle Calif. wildfires

Posted: 07/12/2008 - PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- As hundreds of blazes continue to char California, additional National Guard troops and overseas crews are being called in to assist exhausted firefighters, and President Bush has scheduled a visit to the state.

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Brett Favre wants release from Packers

Posted: 07/12/2008 - The Green Bay Packers want to do the right thing in response to Brett Favre's latest round of flip-flopping on his future in football.

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Bernie Mac makes off-color joke at Obama event

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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2nd near collision occurs at JFK airport in week

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two airborne planes - one landing and the other taking off - came within a half-mile of colliding at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday in the second such incident at the airport in a week, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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Bush, Democrats bicker over soaring energy prices

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Saturday tried to pin the blame on Congress for soaring energy prices and said lawmakers need to lift long-standing restrictions on drilling for oil in pristine lands and offshore tracts believed to hold huge reserves of fuel.

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Authorities: At least 1 dead in N. Calif wildfire

Posted: 07/11/2008 - PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters say at least one person has been found dead after a wildfire swept through an area near the Northern California town of Concow.

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$55,000 found in St. Louis County Jail bathroom

Posted: 07/11/2008 - CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Someone at the St. Louis County Jail was flush with money. A correctional officer at the intake facility at the St. Louis County Justice Center last week found $55,000 stuffed behind a toilet paper dispenser.

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Wall Street gets ready for earnings, oil moves

Posted: 07/06/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors battered by surging energy prices, disappointing economic data and the ongoing credit crisis will have something else to worry about this week - second-quarter corporate results.

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Bush defends decisions on North Korea, Olympics

Posted: 07/06/2008 - TOYAKO, Japan (AP) -- President Bush on Sunday defended removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and attending the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics as world leaders assembled to address soaring gas prices, climate change and African aid.

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More power in Iraq, but shortages linger

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Posted: 07/06/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Don't try to convince Taha Yassin that Iraq's power shortages are finally easing: His children cry each night when the fan cuts off and the house heats up.

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AP IMPACT: US wavered over S. Korean executions

Posted: 07/06/2008 - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The American colonel, troubled by what he was hearing, tried to stall at first. But the declassified record shows he finally told his South Korean counterpart it "would be permitted" to machine-gun 3,500 political prisoners, to keep them from joining approaching enemy forces.

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Helms never changed on civil rights opposition

Posted: 07/06/2008 - RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jesse Helms forever changed North Carolina politics and the conservative movement. The former senator did it without ever changing much about himself.

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After DC gun ban overturned, city seeks new rules

Posted: 07/06/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dale Metta, who manages a gun shop just outside the District of Columbia limits in Maryland, has had to turn away dozens of city residents wanting to buy handguns in recent days. Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court just struck down Washington's 32-year-old ban on possessing handguns.

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ACLU plans to investigate Rainbow Family treatment

Posted: 07/06/2008 - CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union said Saturday that it plans to investigate the actions of federal law enforcers who arrested five Rainbow Family members in western Wyoming during their annual gathering.

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Ore. man completes flight of fancy - in lawn chair

Posted: 07/06/2008 - CAMBRIDGE, Idaho (AP) -- Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48-year-old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho.

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3 freed US hostages give thanks for their rescue

Posted: 07/06/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The three American hostages rescued by Colombia's military said in their first public statement that they are doing fine and are thrilled to "return home to the country we love."

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Finalists Federer, Nadal know each other well

Posted: 07/06/2008 - WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- After moving within a victory of his sixth consecutive Wimbledon title, Roger Federer found time to catch only a few games of Rafael Nadal's semifinal. Federer does have a DVD of Nadal's match, but he wasn't exactly rushing to use it for scouting purposes before they meet for the Wimbledon championship Sunday.

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The buck doesn't stop here; it just keeps falling

Posted: 07/06/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Things in the U.S. sure are tough. Brother, can you spare a euro? Signs saying "We accept euros" are cropping up in the windows of some Manhattan retailers. A Belgium company is trying to gobble up St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the nation's largest brewer and iconic Super Bowl advertiser.

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Congress ready to take up pared-down summer agenda

Posted: 07/06/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats bent on showing they can govern and Republicans anxious about a sour re-election climate are pushing a pared-down summer agenda in Congress. Lawmakers want to try to save homeowners from foreclosure, avert Medicare cuts and give the government power to spy on suspected terrorists.

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Accident at Iowa town's fireworks display hurts 37

Posted: 07/05/2008 - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A Fourth of July fireworks shell misfired in a northern Iowa town, sending a fireball skidding down a street into a crowd of spectators and injuring 37 people, officials said Saturday.

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