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Bernie Mac makes off-color joke at Obama event

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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2nd near collision occurs at JFK airport in week

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two airborne planes - one landing and the other taking off - came within a half-mile of colliding at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday in the second such incident at the airport in a week, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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Bush, Democrats bicker over soaring energy prices

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Saturday tried to pin the blame on Congress for soaring energy prices and said lawmakers need to lift long-standing restrictions on drilling for oil in pristine lands and offshore tracts believed to hold huge reserves of fuel.

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North Korean nuclear talks lead to agreement

Posted: 07/12/2008 - BEIJING (AP) -- Negotiators from six nations agreed Saturday on steps to verify North Korea's nuclear disarmament, opening the final phase in tortuous efforts to rid the North of nuclear weapons.

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Former Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow Dies

Updated: 07/12/2008 - Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

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Antioch Faculty to Keep Teaching as School Closes

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Former faculty at Antioch College, which is temporarily closing amid financial problems, plan to teach in coffee shops, bookstores and parks to keep alive the spirit of the private school known for its pioneering academic programs.

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Toyota Will Start Making Prius Hybrid in U.S.

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Toyota Motor Corp., the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that saw its U.S. sales double in the last decade, has come back down to earth. Stung by rare double-digit sales declines and burdened by a growing inventory of slow-selling pickups, Toyota said Thursday it will start producing the Prius hybrid in the U.S. and will shut down truck and SUV production to meet changing consumer demands.

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New Pharma Ethics Rules Eliminate Gifts and Meals

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Drug company sales representatives will have to stop doling out coffee mugs and pens that push their products when they visit doctor's offices. But they can still sneak in the occasional free lunch.

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Schmidt: Independent Yahoo better for competition

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Google Inc. backs Yahoo in its effort to stave off an unsolicited takeover by Microsoft Corp. because an independent Yahoo will increase competition in the Internet search and advertising markets, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said here Thursday.

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Study: As Gas Prices Go up, Auto Deaths Drop

Posted: 07/11/2008 - High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.

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Senate Passes Foreclosure Rescue

Posted: 07/11/2008 - A mortgage rescue to help hundreds of thousands of struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure and get more affordable, safer loans passed the Senate overwhelmingly Friday, but it faces a bumpy road amid continuing turmoil in the housing market.

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Gitmo Abuse Blamed For Weight Loss

Posted: 07/11/2008 - An Afghan prisoner suffered significant weight loss and other health problems when the military subjected him to two weeks of sleep deprivation at Guantanamo in 2004, his lawyer said Friday.

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Hezbollah Gains Veto Power in New Lebanon Cabinet

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Hezbollah and its allies solidified their hold on Lebanon's government Friday with the formation of a national unity Cabinet that gives them veto power over government decisions.

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1 Killed In Calif. Fires; More Guard Troops Coming

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Firefighting officials said Friday that one person died when a wildfire swept through a rural area of Northern California, a rare human casualty among the hundreds of blazes that have tormented the state for weeks.

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Obama Considering NASCAR Sponsorship

Posted: 07/11/2008 - NASCAR's BAM Racing team is in discussions with Barack Obama's presidential campaign about a potential sponsorship deal in the Sprint Cup series later this year.

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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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Former HP Exec Pleads Guilty in Trade Secrets Case

Posted: 07/11/2008 - An executive who worked at IBM Corp. for nearly a decade pleaded guilty Friday to stealing trade secrets about the company's pricing and trying to pass them off to his superiors at rival Hewlett-Packard Co. when he took a job there.

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Favre Wants Release From Packers

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Brett Favre has asked the Packers to release him so he can return to the NFL with another team after apparently being told that his latest retirement reversal wasn't welcome news in Green Bay.

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Judy Davis Awarded Damages in Defamation Suit

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Judy Davis was awarded $134,000 in damages Friday from a newspaper that ridiculed her as heartless for opposing a plan to erect floodlights in a park near the actress' harborside home in Sydney.

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Authorities: At least 1 dead in N. Calif wildfire

Posted: 07/11/2008 - PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters say at least one person has been found dead after a wildfire swept through an area near the Northern California town of Concow.

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