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Bee blamed for causing minor helicopter crash

Posted: 07/15/2008 - WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Wood County authorities said an Oklahoma man piloting a crop-dusting helicopter crashed after a bee got sucked into the cockpit and stung him.

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Woman accused of smacking beau with toilet seat

Posted: 07/15/2008 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- Police arrested a couple after the woman allegedly hit her boyfriend with a toilet seat. The woman, 18, told police that she found her boyfriend smoking cocaine in their bathroom and turned on the shower to try and wash away the drugs.

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Grandmother, 77, pins down rabid fox that bit her

Posted: 07/15/2008 - STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A 77-year-old grandmother was recovering at home after she pinned down a rabid fox that bit her and held it until help arrived. Avis Blakeslee was attacked as she tended to her petunias outside her Stroudsburg farmhouse.

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Report: US behind in doubling science grads

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A high-profile push by business groups to double the number of U.S. bachelor's degrees awarded in science, math and engineering by 2015 is falling way behind target, a new report says.

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Physical fitness may slow Alzheimer brain atrophy

Posted: 07/15/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Getting a lot of exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary study suggests. Analysis found that participants who were more physically fit had less brain shrinkage than less-fit participants. However, they didn't do significantly better on tests for mental performance.

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Bermuda launches cleanup as storm heads to sea

Posted: 07/15/2008 - HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha headed back out over open ocean and away from the U.S. mainland Tuesday after it battered Bermuda, knocking out electricity to thousands on the Atlantic tourist island.

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Mudslides hit Calif. town near Sequoia forest

Posted: 07/15/2008 - LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) -- A mudslide near an area scarred by fire poured into this small town near the southern end of the Sequoia National Forest, shortly after officials urged people to evacuate low-lying areas.

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Customers Furious in Day 2 of IndyMac Fed Takeover

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Police ordered angry customers lined up outside an IndyMac Bank branch to remain calm or face arrest Tuesday as they tried to pull their money on the second day of the failed institution's federal takeover.

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Student Grifter Admits $116K Fraud in Pa. ID Theft

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A 22-year-old woman will probably face six years in prison after admitting Monday that she and her boyfriend pulled off a brazen identity-theft scheme that funded trips, fancy dinners and expensive salon visits.

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DC to vote on new gun laws after court ruling

Posted: 07/15/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia Council plans to vote on new gun legislation Tuesday as officials scramble to comply with last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's 32-year-old ban.

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Committee Says Fuzzy Memories Hurt Tillman Probe

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A "striking lack of recollection" by White House and military officials prevented congressional investigators from determining who was responsible for misinformation spread after the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a House committee said Monday.

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DC to Vote on New Gun Laws After Court Ruling

Posted: 07/15/2008 - The District of Columbia Council plans to vote on new gun legislation Tuesday as officials scramble to comply with last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's 32-year-old ban.

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YouTube, Viacom Agree to Mask Viewer Data

Posted: 07/15/2008 - In a nod to privacy complaints, Viacom Inc. won't be told the identities of individuals who watch video clips on the popular video-sharing site YouTube.

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Obama: Iraq Distracting From Every other Threat

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday that overall U.S. interests have been hurt rather than helped by the Bush administration's decision to increase troop strength in Iraq

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GM to Cut Salaried Workers, Production, Dividend

Posted: 07/15/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will lay off salaried workers, cut truck production, suspend its dividend and borrow $2 billion to $3 billion to weather a severe downturn in the U.S. market.

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Wholesale Prices Soar in June; Sales are Sluggish

Posted: 07/15/2008 - The economy showed the depth of its twin problems on Tuesday, slow growth and rising inflation, as the nation wrestled with a teetering financial system, a slumping dollar and rising prices for food and fuel.

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Bush Calls on Congress to Pass Housing, Energy

Posted: 07/15/2008 - President Bush said Tuesday the nation's troubled financial system is "basically sound" and urged lawmakers to quickly enact legislation to prop up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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