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Warning! $7 Gas May Be on the Way

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Economist predicts a gas price increase in two years, which could take 10 million cars off our highways.

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Mormons Distance Themselves from Polygamist Groups

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormon church, is starting a public relations campaign that seeks a delicate balance: distinguishing itself from a small, separate group that claims some of the same history while not denigrating someone else's beliefs.

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Honey bee Crisis Could Lead to Higher Food Prices

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Food prices could rise even more unless the mysterious decline in honey bees is solved, farmers and businessmen told lawmakers Thursday. "No bees, no crops," North Carolina grower Robert D. Edwards told a House Agriculture subcommittee. Edwards said he had to cut his cucumber acreage in half because of the lack of bees available to rent.

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LAPD Won't Ask about Immigration Status

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A California judge blocked a lawsuit that sought to enlist Los Angeles police officers in weeding out illegal immigrants. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu on Wednesday rejected arguments that the city's policy - under which most suspects are not asked about their immigration status - conflicted with federal and state law.

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China Orders Phone, Internet Moratorium

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The government has ordered China's fast-growing phone companies to stop adding new customers in August so they can better focus on ensuring service for the Beijing Olympics, company employees said Thursday.

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US Military Shoots Down Separating Missile in Test

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The military's ground-based missile defense system destroyed a missile launched from an airplane in the first successful test of the system's ability to destroy a warhead that separates from its booster, the Missile Defense Agency said.

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Man Arrested for Slashing Policeman in Tokyo

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Police arrested a man for allegedly slashing a policeman with a knife Thursday in the same Tokyo neighborhood where a stabbing spree left seven people dead and 10 wounded earlier this month, a police spokesman said.

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Air Force Colonel Gets Prison Time, Discharge

Posted: 06/26/2008 - An Air Force colonel was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday and kicked out of the military for assaulting a woman, misusing his government travel card and other crimes at Sheppard Air Force Base.

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Judge Voids Conviction for Iranian in Goggles Case

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A federal judge threw out the conviction and sentence Thursday for an Iranian woman who had pleaded guilty in a scheme to illegally obtain U.S.-made military night vision goggles for Iran.

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Gas Prices Fuel Drop in Car Owner Satisfaction

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Drivers of new cars were less satisfied with their vehicles this year for the first time in at least five years due mainly to rising fuel prices, according to an annual survey released Thursday.

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Foam Company Offers R.I. Fire Plaintiffs $6.3M

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A company that sold flammable foam blamed for fueling a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people has agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle lawsuits from survivors and victims' relatives.

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What to Do With All the Sandbags?

Posted: 06/26/2008 - When Mayor Jo Anne Smiley looks down Washington Street at the soggy fortress of sandbags protecting her town, she knows it's a view she will have to get used to.

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Midwestern Downpours Keep Residents Out of Homes

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Strong Midwestern downpours may force residents to wait even longer to return to homes they evacuated because of fears of flooding, emergency management officials said Thursday.

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NY Millionaire Gets Prison for Enslaving Workers

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A millionaire who inflicted years of abuse on two Indonesian housekeepers held as virtual slaves in her Long Island mansion was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison.

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O.J.: Anybody Else Wouldn't Be Going to Court

Posted: 06/26/2008 - O.J. Simpson says an ambitious Nevada prosecutor is pressing a kidnapping and armed robbery case against him that he says even the alleged victims don't want to pursue.

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Man Guilty of 11 Murders in SoCal Rail Disaster

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A man who claimed he was attempting suicide when he triggered a 2005 rail disaster was convicted Thursday of 11 counts of first-degree murder and could face the death penalty.

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Outward Bound: Missing Adventure Group Found Safe

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Nine teenagers and two adults who were reported missing in a rugged area of the Sierra Nevada mountain range hiked to safety Wednesday, hours after rescue teams launched a search.

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Dow Plunges to Lowest Levels in Two Years

Updated: 06/26/2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbles over 350 points, or over 3 percent, Thursday after a day of troubling signs from automakers , financial companies, and high-tech industries, while oil passes $140/barrel

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Rural Deputy Pay Low Despite Big Duties, Dangers

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Grundy County sheriff's deputy Shane Tate, a father of five, was making $10.50 an hour when he was gunned down in the line of duty. Deputies are the law in most unincorporated areas across the country, escorting prisoners, acting as courtroom bailiffs, riding patrol and investigating crime. Yet those in rural counties typically make a fraction of what state troopers and city police officers earn, often with no health insurance or other benefits.

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California Forest Fire Moving Closer to Big Sur

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect the scenic community of Big Sur from a lightning-sparked wildfire that inched closer to historic structures after burning 16 homes and threatening another 500 houses.

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