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Betancourt Tastes Freedom, Orange Juice

Posted: 07/04/2008 - In her first hours of freedom, Ingrid Betancourt held her children tight, visited her father's grave and sent her husband out to find oranges for breakfast.

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Pentagon Extends Afghanistan Tours

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Defense department extends combat tours for 2,200 marines by 30 days after promising for months to bring them home on time.

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Woman Charged in Chicago Police Officer's Death

Posted: 07/04/2008 - A 44-year-old woman was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting death earlier this week of a veteran Chicago police officer.

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N. Korea: No More Nuclear Moves Before Oil

Posted: 07/04/2008 - North Korea said Friday it will not take further steps to dismantle its nuclear program until the U.S. and its other negotiating partners award fuel oil and political benefits promised under an aid-for-disarmament deal.

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Court Orders YouTube to Give Viacom Video Logs

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.

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Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Contest After Eat-Off

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Joey Chestnut reclaimed the top spot at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on Friday after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

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US soldiers in Iraq mark Fourth of July

Posted: 07/04/2008 - BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) -- It's Staff Sgt. Edgar Covarrubias' second Fourth of July in Iraq. No family barbecue, no fireworks, but Covarrubias says he'll call his mom, wife and kids to share the day anyway.

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State media: Iran responds to nuclear proposal

Posted: 07/04/2008 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran delivered its response Friday to an international offer of incentives for it to suspend uranium enrichment, a central part of its nuclear program, state television reported.

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More than 4,000 Danes may have salmonella

Posted: 07/04/2008 - COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish health officials fear more than 4,000 people may be infected with salmonella and are checking everything from refrigerators to credit card receipts to find the source of what may be the worst outbreak in 15 years.

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Scientists: Watermelon yields Viagra-like effects

Posted: 07/04/2008 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that researchers say has effects similar to Viagra - but don't necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks going all night long.

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Chestnut wins hot dog contest after eat-off

Posted: 07/04/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Joey Chestnut has reclaimed the top spot as winner of the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

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Direct flights between China-Taiwan begin

Posted: 07/04/2008 - TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Hundreds of mainland Chinese tourists - some in matching white or pink shirts - arrived in Taiwan on Friday on the first regular commercial flights in nearly six decades between the old foes.

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Minn. teen charged with offering his vote on eBay

Posted: 07/04/2008 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A college student claimed it was all a joke when he put his vote in this fall's presidential election up for sale on the Web auction site eBay. But prosecutors didn't see the humor.

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Cremated remains part of fireworks show

Posted: 07/04/2008 - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- One of the fireworks bursting above the city this year will contain a bit of cremated remains - a fitting tribute, organizers say, to the man who ran the annual event for 40 years.

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Man accused of robbing, then hugging Mo. victim

Posted: 07/04/2008 - POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff are looking for the gunman who robbed a man on Monday night, then gave him a hug before fleeing.

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First floods, now pesky mosquitoes for Midwest

Posted: 07/04/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- First came the floods - now the mosquitoes. An explosion of pesky insects are pestering clean-up crews and just about anyone venturing outside in the waterlogged Midwest.

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McCain: Staff shake-up part of 'natural evolution'

Posted: 07/04/2008 - MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday that a shake-up in the leadership of his campaign was part of a "natural evolution" as the organization becomes more national in scope.

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