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Oil sets new trading record above $147 a barrel

Posted: 07/11/2008 - It's only July, but it might be time to start loading up on blankets and sweaters. Oil spiked to a new trading record as hostilities rise between the West and Iran - raising the likelihood that this winter's heating bills will be the priciest yet.

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Study: As Gas Prices Go Up, Auto Deaths Decline

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Today's high gas prices could reduce auto deaths by nearly a third as driving decreases, with the effect particularly dramatic among price-sensitive teenage drivers, the authors of a new study said.

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Ex-wife Accused of Fatally Stabbing Circus Worker

Posted: 07/11/2008 - A Florida woman followed her ex-husband across the country and fatally stabbed him inside an Iowa mall where he was working for a traveling circus set up in the parking lot, police said Thursday.

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National Beef Reports Larger 3Q Profits

Posted: 07/11/2008 - National Beef Packing of Kansas City reports a larger third-quarter profit from a combination of higher sales and lower cattle prices.

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Australia trip is a test for pope's stamina

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Pope Benedict XVI departs Saturday on a 10-day trip to Australia, the longest pilgrimage of his papacy and a test of the 81-year-old pontiff's stamina.

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Canadian model's murder raises questions in China

Posted: 07/11/2008 - SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- In the two short weeks the 22-year-old Canadian model was in China, she found only disappointment, and then a violent death during a robbery.

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Mars Bake Test Hastened After Oven Short Circuit

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Will the Mars lander's next baking test of soil and ice be its last? Scientists worry that it could be, thanks to an electrical glitch that threatens the $420 million quest to find the chemical ingredients for life near the Martian north pole.

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Obama dismisses conservative criticism

Posted: 07/11/2008 - DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama batted away conservative criticism Friday over a comment he made about Americans' lack of foreign language skills.

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Stocks end lower amid worries on Fannie, Freddie

Posted: 07/11/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street has ended an extremely erratic session with a sharp loss after traders tried to assess the dangers faced by mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Jury: Black Neighborhood was Denied Water Service

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Residents of a mostly black neighborhood in rural Ohio were awarded nearly $11 million Thursday by a federal jury that found local authorities denied them public water service for decades out of racial discrimination.

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Naked man arrested after hijacking Las Vegas bus

Posted: 07/11/2008 - LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Maybe he lost his shirt at a casino. Police in Las Vegas say they arrested a naked man who stole a beer and then hijacked a bus several miles northeast of the Strip.

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Fashion bug: Teens turn dead cicadas into jewelry

Posted: 07/11/2008 - SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) -- Two 17-year-old jewelry makers from Cape Cod, Massachusetts are hoping swarms of customers will want their latest creations: earrings and necklaces made from dead bugs.

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$55,000 found in St. Louis County Jail bathroom

Posted: 07/11/2008 - CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Someone at the St. Louis County Jail was flush with money. A correctional officer at the intake facility at the St. Louis County Justice Center last week found $55,000 stuffed behind a toilet paper dispenser.

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McCain Plans to Reveal More About His Fundraising

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Republican John McCain's presidential campaign plans to enhance its Web site with more data about its fundraising, including more details about the individuals who collect money from donors and about donors living overseas.

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Great white shark reported at 'Jaws' filming site

Posted: 07/11/2008 - EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- The island where "Jaws" was filmed had a real-life shark scare Thursday, when an unconfirmed sighting of a great white forced the closure of two beaches.

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Obama seeks info on Dodd in vice president search

Posted: 07/11/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama's presidential campaign has requested information from Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd as part of its search for a possible vice presidential candidate.

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Anti-abortion group that battled McCain backs him

Posted: 07/11/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Just last year, the views of Wisconsin Right to Life and Sen. John McCain clashed in the Supreme Court - over McCain's signature campaign finance law, not abortion.

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House Democrats set to spend $35 million on TV ads

Posted: 07/11/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats have reserved millions of dollars worth of television advertising in 31 congressional races in all corners of the country, according to documentation that provides an early roadmap of the party's drive to strengthen its majority in the fall elections.

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Like Obama, McCain devotes a day to women voters

Posted: 07/11/2008 - HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican John McCain told a mostly female audience Friday that his plans to cut income, business and estate taxes would help women while Democrat Barack Obama's proposals would only erect new economic obstacles for them.

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EPA: Smog could get worse with global warming

Posted: 07/11/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming could worsen smog and stretch what typically is a summer pollution problem into the spring and fall, government scientists predicted Thursday.

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