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Consumer Borrowing Unexpectedly Surges in March

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Consumer borrowing rose in March at the fastest pace in four months, more than double the increase of the previous month, in what was seen as a sign of rising economic stress

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Kung Fu Film 'The Forbidden Kingdom' a Hit in China

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Jackie Chan and Jet Li's first movie together is a hit in China. The movie is about an American teenager who's magically transported to ancient China, where he teams with a drunken fighter (Chan) and a monk (Li) to help free a mythical monkey king.

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Hezbollah Claims Lebanese Gov't Declares Open War

Updated: 05/08/2008 - Gunfire erupts on the streets of Beirut after the Lebanese government declares Hezbollah's telecommunication network illegal, an act the group says amounts to an declaration of war.

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Air Pollution In Wyoming Community Rivals Big Cities

Posted: 05/08/2008 - There isn't anything metropolitan about this tiny unincorporated town in southwest Wyoming, where a few single-family homes and a volunteer fire station stand against a skyline of snowcapped mountains.

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Calling All Carbs: Dietician Hired To Arrest Officer Obesity

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Rana Parker tells pudgy police they have the right to remain chubby, but it can and will be used against them on the streets of Los Angeles. The dietitian lays down the law for recruits, veterans and top brass, letting them know that eating right can help them do a better job and could even save their lives.

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Jobless Claims Post Sharp Decline

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Newly laid off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped much more than expected last week. The Labor Department reports that applications for unemployment benefits fell to 365,000, a decline of 18,000 from the previous week. Economists had been looking for a much smaller decrease of around 5,000.

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Myanmar Allows U.N. Aid But Snubs U.S.

Updated: 05/08/2008 - U.S. considers air-dropping food and supplies to victims of last weekend's cyclone, but Gates says he will wait for the government's approval. France advocates forcefully intervening.

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McCain Jokes About Rivals With Comedian Jon Stewart

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Of the Democratic presidential candidates, would Republican John McCain rather take on Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? "You know, Ron Paul is still in the race," McCain joked Wednesday during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

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Oil Prices Steady in Asian Trading after Record Near $124

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Oil prices held steady Thursday in Asia after jumping to a record near $124 a barrel as investors captivated by the market's upward momentum seemed to ignore figures showing an increase in U.S. crude and gasoline supplies.

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`American Idol' Boots Another Finalist; 3 Singers Remain

Posted: 05/08/2008 - American Idol is now down to three. And Simon Cowell once told Jason Castro that his face would save him from elimination. Not this time. The dreadlocked heartthrob was voted off "American Idol" Wednesday as the show narrowed the competition to three finalists: David Cook, David Archuleta and Syesha Mercado.

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep Tied To Ill Health In New Study

Posted: 05/08/2008 - People who sleep fewer than six hours a night — or more than nine — are more likely to be obese, according to a new government study that is one of the largest to show a link between irregular sleep and big bellies.

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Chantix Recommended To Quit Smoking Despite Safety Concerns

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The federal government's new advice to doctors for helping smokers quit recommends the drug Chantix, which has recently been linked with depression and suicidal behavior. The new guidelines mention the psychiatric risks but also say the popular Pfizer Inc. drug is the most effective at helping people get off cigarettes.

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UN: Myanmar Blocks UN Emergency Airlift For Cyclone Victims

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Myanmar's isolationist regime blocked United Nations efforts Thursday to airlift food aid to cyclone survivors, U.N. officials said, as the hungry fought for what little food was available and drank coconut milk for lack of clean water.

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Stamp Price Hike Nearing

Posted: 05/07/2008 - Stamps will go up to 42-cents May 12th, but the 41-cent "forever stamps" will be good after that - just buy them now!

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Protests from GOP, moderate Democrats delay war funding vote

Posted: 05/07/2008 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised to deal with the concerns of some of her more conservative members, who were upset that the war funding bill is carrying new benefit programs - especially a boost in GI education benefits - without paying for them with offsetting cuts to other programs.

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Running back Dominic Rhodes signs deal to return to Colts

Posted: 05/07/2008 - The tandem that helped Indianapolis win its first Super Bowl title has been reunited after Rhodes agreed on a one-year deal to return to the Colts. Rhodes' agent, Mike McCartney confirmed the signing Wednesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press although he did not disclose financial details.

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Conflict over housing crisis threatens rescue package

Posted: 05/07/2008 - "We are committed to a good housing bill that will help folks stay in their house, as opposed to a housing bill that will reward speculators and lenders," Bush said at the White House after meeting with House Republican leaders.

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Bush Faults Democrats on Housing Crisis, Energy and Taxes

Posted: 05/07/2008 - President Bush on Wednesday criticized Democrats in Congress for their approach to dealing with the nation's housing crisis and soaring energy prices and called anew for an extension of expiring tax cuts and government wiretapping authority.

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Hillary Clinton Says She'll Stay in the Presidential Race

Posted: 05/07/2008 - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will remain in the presidential race "until there's a nominee." The former first lady declined to say whether that meant through the roll call of the states at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

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