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Top Sadrist Official Arrested In Amarah

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Iraqi troops on Thursday arrested the top official in Amarah, a Muqtada al-Sadr loyalist, officials said, drawing swift condemnations from followers of the anti-U.S. cleric and raising tensions as a military operation against Shiite militias got under way.

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Ex-Bear Stearns Managers Arrested at their Homes

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Two former Bear Stearns managers have been arrested, federal authorities said Thursday, becoming the first executives to face criminal charges related to the collapse of the subprime mortgage market.

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Jobless Claims Decline by 5,000 Following Surge

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week but remained at a level showing the strains of a weak economy.

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Circuit City 1Q Loss Widens, Weak Forecast

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Circuit City Stores Inc. said Thursday its loss widened in the first quarter because of a more than 11% drop in sales at established stores.

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Bush Rallies Behind McCain At Fundraising Dinner

Posted: 06/19/2008 - President Bush on Wednesday gave his most extended public support to Sen. John McCain, his former foe for the White House. The president said McCain is the only candidate in the race who can face tough decisions and "will not flinch."

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Cindy McCain Visits Vietnam

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Cindy McCain ranged far afield from the U.S. presidential campaign trail Thursday to showcase her charity work helping Vietnamese kids born with facial deformities.

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Even Best Efforts Can't Prevent All Heart Attacks

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Tim Russert was a good patient, yet at 58 he suffered a heart attack and died. Heart disease patients can significantly reduce their chances of a heart attack, but they can't totally prevent it, said Dr. Howard Hodis of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

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Man With Deadly Skin Cancer Saved By New Treatment

Posted: 06/19/2008 - An Oregon man, given less than a year to live, had a complete remission of advanced deadly skin cancer after an experimental treatment that revved up his immune system to fight the tumors.

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US Stocks Head for Mixed Open Ahead of Data

Posted: 06/19/2008 - U.S. stocks headed for a mixed open Thursday as investors awaited readings on last week's jobless claims and manufacturing in the Philadelphia area.

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Son Of 'Godfather' Creator Sues Over Profits

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The son of "The Godfather" creator Mario Puzo sued Paramount Pictures on Wednesday, claiming the studio failed to pay royalties from a 2006 video game based on the book and movie characters.

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Kerkorian Increases Stake in Ford to 6.49%

Posted: 06/19/2008 - He's movin' on up. Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. reports it has increased its ownership stake in Ford Motor Co. to 6.49 percent from 5.5 percent.

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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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