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Danish Paper Wins Appeal in Prophet Cartoons Case

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A Danish appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit against the newspaper that first printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons in 2005, saying they were not intended to insult Muslims.

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5-Year-Old Boy Killed by Pit Bull in Texas

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A pit bull fatally mauled a 5-year-old boy staying at a southern Texas home with relatives, authorities said. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Rosa Trevino said the condition of the child's body suggested there was no way emergency responders could have saved his life.

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Russia Launches US Commercial Satellites

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Russia successfully launched six U.S. communications satellites into orbit Thursday, officials said. The Kosmos-3M booster rocket blasted off from the Kapustin Yar launchpad in southern Russia carrying the satellites, owned by ORBCOMM Inc., into orbit, said Vadim Koval, a spokesman for Russia's Strategic Missile Forces, which conducted the launch.

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FCC lifts Sprint deadline to swap some channels

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed to give Sprint Nextel Corp. more time to swap some wireless spectrum frequencies with public safety agencies.

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EBay to strengthen PayPal's anti-fraud provisions

Posted: 06/19/2008 - EBay Inc. hopes to attract more online traders by expanding the protections available to people who use its PayPal payment service for transactions on eBay's Internet marketplaces.

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Stocks end higher as oil falls sharply

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Stocks ended a back-and-forth session with a modest advance Thursday as a sharp drop in oil prices helped counter renewed concerns about the strength of the economy.

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Continental,United join to fight rising fuel costs

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Continental and United Airlines, which failed to complete talks this spring to become a single carrier, said Thursday they would work together in an alliance they hope will boost revenue to offset rising fuel costs.

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Economy limping along, leading indicators show

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The economy, hobbled by higher fuel and food prices, tighter credit and a depressed housing market, is limping along at a snail's pace, a private business group said Thursday.

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Hotel sues Phil Spector over $100,000 unpaid bills

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A Los Angeles hotel is suing Phil Spector, his wife and agent for failing to pay more than $100,000 in accommodations for lawyers and expert witnesses in his murder trial.

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Iraq nears first major oil service deals

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Iraq is close to signing oil service deals with several major Western oil companies in an effort to boost its output capacity, the country's oil ministry said Thursday - the first major Iraqi contracts with big Western companies since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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Shell shuts down Nigerian oil field after attack

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Militants in speedboats raided an oil installation off Nigeria's southern coastline on Thursday, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to slash production and exposing Africa's biggest oil industry as vulnerable even on the high seas.

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Uninvited skunk causes stink, delays plane in Miami

Posted: 06/19/2008 - An uninvited passenger created a smelly situation on a plane in Miami. The skunk was discovered as workers were loading the plane. When crews tried to remove the skunk, the animal released its notorious rotten smell, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said

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YouTube Opens Screening Room for Indie Filmmakers

Updated: 06/19/2008 - Google Inc.'s YouTube is setting up a virtual screening room to bring the work of independent filmmakers to a global audience. 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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Japanese Warship on First Postwar China visit

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A destroyer sailed out Thursday to make a Japanese warship's first port call in China since World War II as part of a two-way military exchange aimed at improving long-strained ties, Japan's defense ministry said.

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Airport volunteers welcome troops back stateside

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A few times each month, Karen Marks stands among the volunteers greeting the troops who land daily at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, all on two weeks' leave from Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Rain promotes `head scab' outbreak in Kansas wheat

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Untimely rainfall has led to an epidemic of a toxic fungal disease in some fields of winter wheat, reducing yields and quality just as harvest gets under way in the nation's breadbasket, industry experts say.

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Group files suit over 'I Believe' plates in SC

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A group that advocates separation of church and state filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to prevent South Carolina from becoming the first state to create "I Believe" license plates.

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Japan Debuts 3-D TV

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Hyundai offers -- in Japan only -- the first TV for watching 3-D programming. The 46-inch liquid-crystal display requires 3-D glasses. Programmers say more content is needed for the technology to catch on. There are no 3-D TV broadcasts in the United States.

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Former Cop Sobs as Jury Finds Him Guilty of Rapes

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Former sergeant Jeff Belo will be sentenced on August 12. Evidence against him included victim IDs, porn found in computer. His wife say's they've convicted the wrong person. The defense vows to appeal.

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SF Court Protects Privacy Of Work Communications

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A federal appeals court in San Francisco has made it more difficult for employers to legally access e-mails and text messages sent by their workers on company accounts.

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