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Friends Quit Smoking? You Probably Will Too...

Posted: 05/22/2008 - Researchers found that smokers tend to quit in groups and those who don't stop puffing increasingly find themselves pushed to the edge of their social circles.

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Grammy-Winner Steven Curtis Chapman's Daughter Killed

Updated: 05/22/2008 - The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

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It's A Landslide: David Cook Wins American Idol Vote

Posted: 05/22/2008 - For an "American Idol" season so flat and lifeless, the end sure rocked: Ex-bartender David Cook virtually body-slammed teen prodigy David Archuleta in a surprising landslide Wednesday night, capping an energized finale filled with big stars and polished performances.

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McCain to Host Possible Veeps at Ariz. Home

Posted: 05/21/2008 - The Memorial Day guest list at Sen. John McCain's Arizona home runs to at least three Republicans mentioned as vice presidential running mates, but a top aide said Wednesday that vetting possible veeps is not on the agenda.

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Boston Contemplates Life After Ted Kennedy

Posted: 05/21/2008 - After the Boston Red Sox's 86-year span without a World Series championship, perhaps the most familiar streak in Massachusetts is the half-century that a Kennedy has represented the state in the U.S. Senate.

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Friends Quit Smoking? You Probably Will Too

Posted: 05/21/2008 - The urge to smoke is contagious, but quitting apparently is, too. A team of researchers who showed that obesity can spread person-to-person has found a similar pattern with smoking cessation: A smoker is more likely to kick the habit if a spouse, friend, co-worker or sibling did.

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Yoko Ono Tries to Block Use of `Imagine' in Film

Posted: 05/21/2008 - "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," which opened on U.S. screens in April and is set for release in Canada on June 6 and on DVD in October, presents a sympathetic view of intelligent design, the theory that the universe is too complex to be explained by evolution alone.

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Time Warner to Reap $9.25 Billion in Cable Spinoff

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday it would formally split off its cable TV business, giving the media conglomerate a $9.25 billion windfall and allowing it to focus on cable network, entertainment and publishing operations.

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Nebraska boy, 11, wins National Geographic Bee

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Akshay Rajagopal's correct answer capped a two-day event in which he got every question right. As a sixth-grader at Lux Middle School in Lincoln, Neb., he has won a $25,000 scholarship.

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Groups Try to Stop Circus From Chaining Elephants

Posted: 05/21/2008 - A coalition of animal welfare groups says it has evidence that Ringling Bros. circus elephants are sometimes chained for days at a time, and the groups asked a judge Wednesday to halt the practice while a lawsuit comes to trial.

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Pump Prices Creep Up As Oil Records Fall

Posted: 05/21/2008 - More gas and oil records fell Monday as retail fuel prices struck new highs and crude settled above $127 for the first time, tightening the squeeze on drivers planning holiday road trips next weekend.

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Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Claims Torture

Posted: 05/21/2008 - A man who was held for years at the Guantanamo Bay prison will testify on Capitol Hill today. Murat Kurnaz, who was born in Germany, was declared an enemy combatant and held at Guantanamo Bay for almost four years even though U.S. investigators couldn't tie him to al Qaeda.

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Indians Attack Brazil Official Over proposed Dam

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Painted and feathered Indians waving machetes and clubs slashed an official of Brazil's national electric company Tuesday during a protest over a proposed hydroelectric dam.

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Tenn. GOP Sen. Wants Obama Ad Pulled

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has asked the Tennessee GOP to pull its Michelle Obama online video that her Democratic presidential candidate husband criticized. The video features replays of Michelle Obama saying that "for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country."

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Katie Holmes Sets Sights On Broadway

Posted: 05/21/2008 - The "Dawson's Creek" star and wife of Tom Cruise, who most recently starred in this year's "Mad Money" alongside Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah, will hit the stage in a revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" this fall. The play, which opened on Broadway in 1947, was Miller's first Broadway hit.

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"Narnia" Sequel Works Magic At Box Office

Posted: 05/21/2008 - "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" dethroned "Iron Man" as ruler at the box office, pulling down $56.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Archuleta Has Knockout Night On "Idol"

Posted: 05/21/2008 - David Archuleta gave what judge Simon Cowell called a knockout performance on the "American Idol" season 7 finals Tuesday, with song choices that showed off his voice to best advantage.

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Driving Unbuckled: Deadlier At Night

Posted: 05/21/2008 - More than two-thirds of young drivers and passengers killed in nighttime car crashes aren't wearing seat belts - deadly proof of what can happen when young people don't heed parents' pleas and authorities' threats to "click it."

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Nun Who Worked To Expose Sex Abuse Dies

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Sister Catherine Mulkerrin, who pressed Roman Catholic church leaders in Boston to warn parishioners about priests who had been accused of sexually abusing children, has died. She was 73.

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China Allows Quake News To Spread Online

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Almost nonstop, the uncensored opinions of Chinese citizens are popping up online, sent by text and instant message across a country shaken by its worst earthquake in three decades.

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FCC Targets Cell Phone Termination Fees

Updated: 05/21/2008 - Under a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission, the wireless industry would give consumers the opportunity to cancel service without any penalty for up to 30 days after they sign a cell phone contract or until 10 days after they receive their first bill.

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Bush Vetoes Farm Bill

Posted: 05/21/2008 - President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress.

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Say So Long To Free Checked Baggage

Posted: 05/21/2008 - American Airlines will start charging $15 for the first checked bag, cut domestic flights and lay off possibly thousands of workers as it grapples with record-high fuel prices.

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