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Obama Meets Karzai, Vows Steadfast Afghan Aid

Posted: 07/20/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks Sunday with its Western-backed leader and vowed to pursue the war on terror "with vigor" if elected, an Afghan official said.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal Brushes NC Coast

Posted: 07/20/2008 - Tropical Storm Cristobal skirted the North Carolina coast Sunday, dumping heavy rain and churning up rough surf, but so far sparing the seaboard of any severe weather.

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Paulson Braces Public for Months of Tough Times

Posted: 07/20/2008 - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson sought to reassure an anxious public Sunday that the banking system is sound, while also bracing people for more troubled times ahead.

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Record Number of Babies Born Last Year

Posted: 07/18/2008 - More babies were born in the United States last year than ever before, according to preliminary data, but it's not another baby boom just yet.

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Iran calls nuclear talks positive

Posted: 07/18/2008 - ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Iran's Foreign Minister said Friday that forthcoming nuclear talks in Geneva and the participation of a U.S. diplomat for the first time look positive and he expects progress.

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Magazine's 'satirical' Obama cover stirs outrage

Posted: 07/15/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A satirical New Yorker magazine cover cartoon depicting Barack Obama and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals drew outrage from the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign as it appeared on newsstands Monday.

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In a switch, governors now await running-mate call

Posted: 07/13/2008 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For more than three decades, the National Governors' Association has assembled on presidential election years as one of its members made a bid for the White House - a Carter or a Reagan, a Dukakis, a Clinton or a Bush.

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Iran denounces McCain's remarks about cigarettes

Posted: 07/13/2008 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has condemned remarks by Republican presidential candidate John McCain that exporting cigarettes could be a way of killing Iranians.

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'Hellboy II' catches fire with $35.9 million debut

Posted: 07/13/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Superheroes battling inner demons often rule the box office. This time, the superhero was a demon as "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" pulled in $35.9 million to debut as the No. 1 weekend film.

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Israel's Olmert says peace deal closer than ever

Posted: 07/13/2008 - PARIS (AP) -- Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to making peace - even as a widening corruption probe brings him closer than ever to being ousted from office.

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Man charged in attack on US consulate in Turkey

Posted: 07/13/2008 - ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Authorities arrested and charged a man Sunday for his alleged involvement in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

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Mediterranean union wants to rid Mideast of WMDs

Posted: 07/13/2008 - PARIS (AP) -- Forty-three nations, including Israel and Arab states, pledged Sunday to work for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction at the close of a summit to launch an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean aimed at securing peace across the restive region.

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Brolin, Wright, others in film crew arrested

Posted: 07/13/2008 - SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday morning, police said.

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Rally held to pressure Packers to reinstate Favre

Posted: 07/13/2008 - Brett Favre's fans came to his defense Sunday, rallying outside Lambeau Field to pressure the Green Bay Packers to reinstate him as the starting quarterback. The crowd of more than 100 chanted "We want Brett," and carried signs reading, "Favre for President" or "Favre Forever." Many in the parking lot wore No. 4 jerseys, tossed footballs and grilled.

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Anheuser-Busch reportedly agrees to InBev sale

Posted: 07/13/2008 - ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Anheuser-Busch agreed to be acquired by Belgian brewer InBev for about $52 billion in a deal that would shift ownership of the nation's largest brewer overseas, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

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Gay US bishop fights exclusion from meeting

Posted: 07/13/2008 - LONDON (AP) -- The first openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop was barred from a once-a-decade Anglican meeting so he wouldn't become a focus of the global event.

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Hospital error blamed for more infant overdoses

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- The case of 14 babies who received accidental overdoses while in intensive care has raised new questions about how a common blood-thinning medication could be given to infants repeatedly in the wrong dosage.

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