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Russian Officials Told To Learn To Use Computers

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Russia's new 42-year-old president showed frustration with government officials who do not know how to use a computer and warned Thursday that they could soon be out of a job.

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Single-Family Construction Fell 5.3 Pct. in June

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Construction of single-family homes fell in June to the slowest pace in 17 years although a change in New York laws helped give a big boost to apartment building.

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Thousands At Burial For Israeli Soldiers

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Thousands of mourners turned out Thursday for the burials of two Israeli soldiers returned in a prisoner exchange with Lebanese guerrillas, laying to rest the young men whose unknown fate had riveted the Jewish state for two years.

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JPMorgan Chase Profit Falls 53 Pct On Loan Losses

Posted: 07/17/2008 - JPMorgan Chase's profit took a 53 percent hit in the second quarter as mortgage and other loan defaults worsened, but the bank's results were better than expected and gave Wall Street a lift.

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DC Residents Start Applying For Gun Permits

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned Washington's strict 32-year-old handgun ban was among the first to arrive as the city started registering firearms.

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Report: Invest $10 A Person For Better Health

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Investing just $10 per person — roughly the price of a six-pack of beer and some chips — could greatly fuel community programs that get couch potatoes moving, prevent smoking and improve nutrition, researchers say.

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Mississippi Remains Most Obese State

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee lead the nation when it comes to obesity, a new government survey reports. More than 30 percent of adults in each of those states tipped the scales, helping to ensure the South remains the nation's fattest region

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Cleveland Clinic Taking Kidneys Through Navel

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Brad Kaster donated a kidney to his father this week, and he barely has a scar to show for it. The kidney was removed through a single incision in his bellybutton, a surgical procedure Cleveland Clinic doctors say will reduce recovery time and leave almost no scarring.

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New Jersey's Largest City Sees Drop In Homicides

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Garry McCarthy had barely settled into his new job as Newark's police director in the fall of 2006 when he came face to face with the twin scourges of violence and apathy that plagued New Jersey's largest city.

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Automakers Offer Hybrids For NYC Taxi Fleet

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Three major auto manufacturers are promising to reserve 300 new hybrid vehicles each month exclusively for the city as it replaces its entire fleet of yellow cabs.

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VW's Choice Eases Chattanooga's Past Auto Snubs

Posted: 07/17/2008 - When Volkswagen said yes, a city that shed its reputation for dirty air to become a top outdoors destination forgot years of frustrating rejections by automakers.

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DC Residents Start Applying For Gun Permits

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned Washington's strict 32-year-old handgun ban was among the first to arrive as the city started registering firearms.

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Hippie Town's Homeless Attack Portends Trend

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Ricky Green wandered into this town some months ago, a stranger just a bit stranger than most. He had shed his middle-class respectability — a job as a graphic artist in the 'burbs — strapped a guitar over his shoulder and landed here on what he told people was "a spiritual journey."

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Midwest's Flood-Prone Communities Consider Buyouts

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Debbie Halcomb unpacked boxes as she moved back into her flood-damaged home, but worried that her damp carpet harbors mold. She enjoys the normally tranquil setting of Winfield, a community about three miles from the Mississippi River. But she's had enough. She's hoping for a government buyout so she can move to higher ground.

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Continental Slides to 2Q Loss on Fuel Costs

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Continental Airlines Inc. said Thursday it swung to a second-quarter loss, hurt by record high fuel prices and weakening economic conditions.

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New Commander in Iraq Speaks Today at Ft. Riley

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The Senate confirmed Gen. Odierno last week to take over leadership in Iraq, the recently promoted four-star general will report directly to Gen. Petreaus, who assumes the leadership of the U.S. Central Command

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Judge May Block First Gitmo Trial

Posted: 07/17/2008 - In what would be another legal blow for the Bush Administration, a federal judge may delay the trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver following a Supreme Court ruling last month that prisoners could challenge their detention in civil court

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Obama Raises $52 Million in June

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Despite posting his second-best fundraising total of the year, the presumptive Democratic nominee's cash on hand still lags behind his Republican counterpart, John McCain, when each candidate's cash is combined with his respective parties.

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Two Cable Shows Compete for Best Drama Emmy

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The HBO mini-series "John Adams" leads the field of Emmy nominees, announced Thursday, with 23 nods, while "Mad Men" and "Damages" become the first basic cable programs up for Best Drama.

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Coca-Cola Co. 2Q Profit Drops 23%

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Coca-Cola says second-quarter profit fell 23% as it took a one-time charge related to its bottler. The world's biggest beverage company reported Thursday that it earned $1.42 billion, or 61 cents per share, compared with $1.85 billion, or 80 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

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Funeral Begins For Israeli Soldier

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday in a northern Israeli town to bury the first of two soldiers returned in a prisoner exchange with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas.

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Bush Set to Survey Northern California Wildfires

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The White House said President Bush will visit Northern California on Thursday to get a first-hand look at the wildfires that have ravaged hundreds of square miles and strained the state's firefighting resources.

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