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Bush urges Congress to lift offshore drilling ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - With gasoline topping $4 a gallon, President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea.

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Rockets, airstrikes come hours before Gaza truce

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would be.

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Obama says bin Laden must not be a martyr

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S. government finds him.

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Obama Rebukes McCain Camp on Terrorism Criticism

Updated: 07/02/2008 - A defiant Barack Obama said Tuesday he would take no lectures from Republicans on which candidate would keep the U.S. safer, a sharp rebuke to John McCain's aides who said the Democrat had a naive, Sept. 10 mind-set toward terrorism.

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Cuban TV Shows New Images of Ailing Fidel Castro

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Cuban television on Tuesday showed the first images of Fidel Castro in more than five months, broadcasting a silent video of the ailing revolutionary chatting in a garden with visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Oregon Woman Plans to Parade Topless on July 4

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A woman seen frequently in Ashland riding topless on her bicycle says she plans to be in Ashland's Fourth of July parade free and independent of all clothing but a hemp G-string. The Chamber of Commerce says that's contrary to the rules for the family celebration. She says she'll sue if she can't parade as she wishes.

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Media, Lawmakers Hear Eulogy from Tim Russert's Son

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Presidential foes John McCain and Barack Obama sat side-by-side at a memorial service for journalist Tim Russert Wednesday. They were among politicians and media members on hand. Russert's 22-year old son, Luke, gave the eulogy.

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Michelle Obama Grateful for First Lady's Defense

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Michelle Obama appears on ABC's "The View" Wednesday and says she appreciated First Lady Laura Bush's defense of comments Obama made about being proud of the United States. Obama says she admires Bush's calm approach.

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Bush Seeks End To Offshore Drilling Ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - President Bush asks congress to lift ban on offshore drilling. Congressional Democrats were quick to reject the push for lifting the drilling moratorium. Bush also proposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

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Astronomers Discover Three New Planets

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Three "Super-Earths" discovered near a star thought to have nothing orbiting it. Smallest is about four times the size of Earth. One scientist says they are too hot to support life.

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Stocks Fall Amid Concerns about Financials, FedEx

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Stocks extended their declines Wednesday amid renewed concerns about the financial sector and after FedEx Corp. warned that weakening demand and surging fuel costs would weigh on fiscal 2009 profits.

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Tiger Woods to have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Tiger Woods will miss the rest of the season because of surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, an injury he has been dealing with the last 10 months despite winning nine of 12 tournaments.

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Mississippi River Cresting Means Flood Woes Looming In Several Towns

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The city of Canton makes an urgent call for heavy-duty four-wheelers and more volunteers to ``muscle'' sandbags at the levee in efforts to save the town from flooding. Canton and other towns along the Mississippi River are bracing for flood crests expected to match or exceed levels not seen since the devastating floods of 1993.

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Hannibal, MO Flood Perception Worse Than Reality

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Would-be visitors to Mark Twain's home town are staying away from the town that relies heavily on the annual influx of 500,000 tourists as perception of the flood here is worse than the reality.

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Four Charged With Russian Journalist's Murder

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Investigators: Three charged with murder, FSB officer charged with abuse of office. Investigating committee did not say what motive was for Politkovskaya's killing. Anna Politkovskaya shot in her Moscow apartment building in October 2006. Many colleagues, observers believe murder linked to her work as a journalist.

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Reviewers Praise Royal Opera's 'Ariadne auf Naxos'

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Reviewers have abundant praise for the Royal Opera's "Ariadne auf Naxos." They love the sets, the orchestration and the production. But the newly slimmed-down soprano Deborah Voigt's voice received mixed reviews.

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Bono, Bob Geldof Press G-8 On Aid To Africa

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Bono, Bob Geldof and other celebrities pressed the world's wealthiest countries Wednesday to come through with more pledged financial aid for Africa.

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Dozens Die as Battle Rages in Afghanistan

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Dozens die as battle rages for control of Taliban-held Afghan villages. NATO says operation to oust Taliban from villages will take three days. Taliban captured several villages near Kandahar Monday, according to reports. UK says 4 soldiers killed in Afghanistan; 2 NATO soldiers also killed.

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Maryland Elects 1st Black Woman To Congress

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Democratic lawyer and nonprofit executive Donna Edwards won a special election Tuesday to become Maryland's first black woman elected to Congress.

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Ailing Castro Appears on TV

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Fidel Castro appeared Tuesday in a video broadcast on Cuban television. Appeared speaking animatedly with brother, Raul, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. "With Fidel, we conversed nearly three hours yesterday," said Chavez.

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Flood Health Risks Exist But Common Sense Rules

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Public health threats rise to the surface during a flood like the one in the Midwest with animal waste runoff from farms and overflowing city sewer lines. But people are usually smart enough to avoid what can make them sick.

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Pilot Error Blamed for Deadly U.N. Helicopter Crash

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Pilot error caused U.N. helicopter crash killing 10 people, probe finds. Crew did not consult weather forecast nor plan a route before taking off. Air crew comprised of two Russians and one Belarussian.

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Swiss TV in Euro 2008 'Nazi lyric' Blunder

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Swiss TV makes embarrassing mistake during Euro 2008 soccer broadcast. SRG used subtitles for German anthem ignored since fall of the Third Reich. Lyric: 'Germany, Germany above everything, above everything in the world!'

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FDA: Older Psych Drugs Have Fatal Risks For Seniors

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Monday that prescribing a certain group of psychiatric drugs to seniors suffering from dementia can increase their risk of death.

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