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Oil Prices Slip Despite Attack in Nigeria

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Oil prices were steady Thursday with investors following reports that a militant group attacked an oil installation in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer.

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YouTube Opens Screening Room For Indie Film Makers

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Struggling filmmakers already use YouTube to kick-start viral marketing campaigns. The new feature, which debuts Wednesday, gives them an easy-to-find home — and makes them partners in drawing new ad revenue.

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Iraqi Government: Operation In Amarah Under Way

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A statement says provincial police commander Col. Mahdi al-Asaadi has imposed an indefinite curfew on parts of the city, but government offices, schools and colleges won't be affected.

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South Korean President: No Older US Beef

Posted: 06/19/2008 - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak pledged to keep U.S. beef out of South Korea unless Washington agrees to ban meat from older cattle.

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Lawmakers Fail to Gag Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A Senate panel rejected calls Thursday to ban certain swear words on Australian TV following an inquiry prompted by a popular series on restaurant kitchens with foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay.

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Gaza Truce Takes Hold, Skepticism Abounds

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Guns went quiet as a six-month truce between Israel and Gaza Strip militants took effect early Thursday, but there was widespread skepticism about its ability to hold.

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Shell Shuts Down Nigerian Oil Field After Attack

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Royal Dutch Shell said it shut down production from an offshore oil field that produces about 200,000 barrels per day after the most powerful militant group in Nigeria launched an attack on an installation there Thursday.

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Government to Implement Rating System for Nursing Homes

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Bush administration says a rating system for nursing homes will be in place by the end of the year. The information will be posted on a government web site. Also Wednesday, officials announced a new requirement for sprinkler systems in nursing homes.

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Congress Enacts Farm Bill over Bush Veto, Again

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The $290 billion farm bill gets a second vote of approval. A clerical error had 34 pages missing from the first version sent to the White House. President Bush vetoed the second bill Wednesday, but the House and Senate overrode the veto later in the day.

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Thai School Gets Transvestite Bathrooms

Posted: 06/18/2008 - For teen boys who prefer to dress as girls at one rural high school in Thailand, taking a bathroom break no longer means choosing between "male" and "female" restrooms. There's now a "transvestite toilet."

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States Eye Uniform Graduation Rate Reporting

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Comparing graduation rates from state to state, or even school to school, can be difficult because all kinds of methods are used to determine them. Federal officials have a solution that could make that process easier - and more accurate - within the next five years.

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Veganic Farmers Work without Animal Fertilizers

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients. Veganic farmers take it to another level by not using any manures or slaughterhouse byproducts. They don't even use organically approved pesticides.

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Washington's Elite Honor Russert

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Journalists and political leaders joined Maureen and Luke Russert at Wednesday's Kennedy Center service mourning the "Meet the Press" host. Russert died Friday at age 58.

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Anglican Bible Conservatives Hold Strategy Summit

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Less than a month ahead of a global gathering of Anglican leaders, conservative bishops angry about the liberalism of churches in the United States, Canada and elsewhere are meeting for a strategy summit in Jordan and Israel.

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McCain Promotes Energy Policies in SW Missouri

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain addressed a wide range of topics during a town-hall style forum before about 500 people at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO Wednesday.

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Microsoft Buys TV Ad Technology Company Navic

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it has acquired Navic Networks, which specializes in emerging forms of television advertising technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Former detainee blames trauma on US captors

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Four years after his release from Abu Ghraib, Ali al-Qaisi has nightmares and insomnia he blames on injuries - physical and psychological - suffered at the hands of his American captors.

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Afghan, NATO troops kill 36 Taliban near Kandahar

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Backed by helicopters firing missiles, hundreds of NATO and Afghan forces hunted Taliban militants in villages outside Kandahar on Wednesday, killing dozens of insurgents.

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Nebraska Prosecutor Refiles Dismissed Murder Charge

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Hours after a judge dismissed the case, prosecutors refiled murder charges against 26-year old Derrick West-Jones for killing a woman at an Omaha apartment building. A judge cited lack of evidence, but prosecutors say they have a strong case.

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