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House to Debate New Surveillance Law

Posted: 06/20/2008 - New update to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would effectively protect the telecommunication companies from civil lawsuits while establishing steps for determining its overall legality.

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China Fuel Price Hike May Not Sap Demand

Posted: 06/20/2008 - The jump in China's state-controlled fuel prices will inevitably squeeze consumers at both filling stations and grocery stores. But analysts say the hike is unlikely to make an immediate or huge dent in the country's hunger for oil.

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High Gasoline Prices Changing Lawn-Mowing Habits

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Sales of manual — or push reel — mowers with the cartwheeling blades are on the rise this year. Officials attribute the surge to increased environmental concerns because of emissions from gas-powered mowers, the faltering economy that makes the generally less expensive push reels more attractive, and $4-a-gallon gasoline.

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US Stocks Head for Lower Open; Bank Woes Continue

Posted: 06/20/2008 - U.S. stocks headed for a lower open Friday as investors digested a slew of bad news about the beleaguered financial services industry and awaited this weekend's meeting in Saudi Arabia on oil production.

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Oil Prices Rise Above $132 in Asia

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Oil prices rose Friday after dropping sharply in the previous session on concerns that an increase in Chinese fuel prices would dampen oil demand in the booming Asian nation.

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Thousands Of Thai Protestors Clash WIth Police

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Several thousand protesters pushed through a heavy police cordon around Thailand's seat of government Friday, vowing to peacefully besiege the compound until the prime minister resigns.

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Suicide Bomber Ambushes Military Convoy, Killing 6

Posted: 06/20/2008 - A suicide bomber attacked a military convoy as it drove through a town in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing five civilians and one soldier from the U.S.-led coalition.

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John Edwards, Sam Nunn on VP List

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Michigan Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick offers some insight on who Barack Obama's leaning to in his search for a running mate.

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Sandbagging in Iowa, Extreme Heat in California

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Forecasters are predicting near-record crests for the Mississippi River from Quincy, IL to Winfield, MO, thought levee breaches upstream have eased pressure on levees. Meantime, cooling centers are open in Los Angeles County, CA. Palm Springs hit a high of 116.

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'My Little Pony' gets star treatment for charity

Posted: 06/19/2008 - LeAnn Rimes is putting her own stamp on My Little Pony. The singer is among celebrities and artists who've agreed to design some new versions of My Little Pony, the plastic toy that has captivated girls since the 1980s.

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Coroner: Man should face trial in dive death

Posted: 06/19/2008 - An Australian coroner ruled Friday that an American man should face a murder trial in the death of his wife, who drowned while on a reef dive during their honeymoon in 2003.

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House Approves War Funds, Unemployment Benefits, Flood Relief

Posted: 06/19/2008 - House passes bill including $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next year. It also contains $2.7 billion in flood relief for the Midwest. The legislation now heads to the Senate.

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McCain tours flood-damaged southeastern Iowa

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Sen. John McCain toured flood-damaged southeastern Iowa on Thursday, walking past half-submerged buildings, washed-out roads and thousands of sandbags filled hurriedly in a vain attempt to hold back the waters.

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More weapons caches turning up in Iraq

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Weapons caches are turning up with increasing frequency in public places in Iraq - from a bakery to a fish farm - as recent security gains embolden more civilians to come forward with tips, U.S. and Iraqi military officials say.

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Rice presses the UN to act on Zimbabwe violence

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the U.N. Thursday to take stronger action against rising violence in Zimbabwe, and warned that President Robert Mugabe's regime doesn't appear capable of holding an impartial election.

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Quiet reigns in Israel, Gaza as truce takes hold

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Raz Elraz, for the first time, will be able to take his 14-month-old son to a playground in this rocket-scarred Israeli town. A few miles away in Gaza, Palestinian teenagers ride their bicycles, and Hamas guards play pingpong.

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Canadian officials say 6th floating foot a hoax

Posted: 06/19/2008 - British Columbia's coroner's office called the discovery of a sixth floating foot a hoax, saying Thursday it was really an animal paw stuffed inside a running shoe.

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EU agrees to lift 5-year-old sanctions on Cuba

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift its diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, but imposed tough conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free relations, officials said.

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Britain pushes EU over sanctions against Iran

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Britain's drive for tighter EU sanctions against Iran's oil and gas sector slowed Thursday as European diplomats - facing consumer protests over soaring fuel prices - said any new measures in that area were unlikely for months.

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Bankers Survey Shows Worry over fFlooding Impact

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A survey of rural bankers in 11 states, including Kansas and Missouri, shows economic expectations are low. Many bankers believe flooding will lower the corn yield and the overall economy.

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Charles Barkley enters celeb poker event in Vegas

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Charles Barkley is headed back to the tables in Las Vegas to play in a poker tournament about a month after pledging not to gamble. He says it's all for charity. The former NBA star is scheduled to play in a celebrity poker tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker on July 2.

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Russian spa opens monument to the enema

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa's director said Thursday.

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Scientists believe Mars lander exposed ice crumbs

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Scientists believe NASA's Phoenix Mars lander exposed bits of ice while recently digging a trench in the soil of the Martian arctic, the mission's principal investigator said Thursday.

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