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Stocks End Mostly Lower As Oil Prices Advance

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Stocks stalled Monday, ending mostly lower after rising oil prices and ongoing worries about the financial sector gave investors little reason to buy a day ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting.

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Va. Judge Imposes Death in Guard, Deputy Slaying

Posted: 06/23/2008 - A jail escapee who set off a manhunt near Virginia Tech's campus by killing a hospital guard and later, a sheriff's deputy, was sentenced to death Monday despite his attorney's pleas for leniency.

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Scuffles Break Out In Line for Wis. Food Vouchers

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Pushing and shoving broke out Monday among some of the 2,500 people hit hard by recent floods who lined up outside a county office in hopes of collecting free food vouchers.

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Pastor: Haggard has Left 'Restoration Program'

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The evangelist forced out of his job after being caught up in a sex scandal involving a male prostitute has left a "spiritual restoration program" and no longer has any ties to the megachurch he founded, the congregation's new pastor said Sunday.

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Attorneys Say Delaware Execution Went Bad

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Delaware prison officials botched the execution of a murderer who was put to death three years ago, attorneys challenging Delaware's use of lethal injection said in court papers filed Monday.

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Flood Victims Say FEMA is Doing a Heckuva Job

Posted: 06/23/2008 - When floodwaters knocked out the water treatment plant in Mason City, Iowa, FEMA rolled into town and promptly set up an account with a Pepsi bottler to supply bottled water. Then FEMA officials moved into a vacant store and began handing out the stuff.

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Mass. Mayor Says No Proof Girls Had Pregnancy Pact

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The city's mayor said Monday there is no evidence a group of young girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together, seeking to dispel an explosive theory put forth by the high school principal.

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Va. Says Groom and 'Bride' Deceived Officials

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Now authorities in Virginia, where same-sex marriages are illegal, are weighing whether to file misdemeanor charges against the couple, Antonio E. Blount, 31, and Justin L. McCain, 18. An announcement is expected this week.

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Rehearsals and Parties Set Stage for BET Awards

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles is the hot spot for the BET Awards this year. The BET Awards will be broadcast live Tuesday from the Shrine at 8 p.m. EDT.

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God accused of selling cocaine near Tampa church

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Police say a man named God was arrested near a Tampa church for selling cocaine. Authorities began investigating God Lucky Howard in April, and he was arrested on Saturday.

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Obama tells women he supports equal pay

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama, determined to win over female voters, talked Monday about the women who helped shape his life in arguing that he would be a better proponent of equal pay than Republican John McCain.

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Court OK's border fence despite environmental worry

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The Supreme Court said Monday it won't stand in the way as the U.S. extends its security fence hundreds of miles along the border with Mexico, allowing building to proceed full-speed despite claims that it harms the environment and animals who live in the area.

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McCain proposes $300M prize for new auto battery

Posted: 06/23/2008 - McCain said such a device should deliver power at 30 percent of current costs and have "the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars."

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Polygamist Leader's Daughter Wants New Lawyer

Posted: 06/23/2008 - A convicted polygamist leader's teenage daughter, who was among the children removed from her sect's Texas compound during an abuse investigation, is fighting her attorney's attempt to shield her from a church official.

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Obama, Hillary Clinton to campaign together on Fri.

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Former rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton plan to campaign together Friday in the small New Hampshire town of Unity, their first joint appearance meant to ease tensions over the closely fought Democratic primary.

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Charges Against Former SE Missouri St. Employee

Posted: 06/23/2008 - SE Missouri State University informs students a former employee was found with data files containing names and Social Security numbers of about 800 students.

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James, Bryant to Lead US Olympic Basketball Team

Posted: 06/23/2008 - MVP Kobe Bryant will be heading to his first Olympics, and he'll have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade with him. They will lead a U.S. Olympic basketball team that was announced Monday and hopes to capture the gold medal in Beijing in August after a third-place showing in Athens four years ago. They'll have plenty of help.

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Stocks Struggle as Oil Prices Advance

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Stocks struggled Monday, making only short-lived advances as investors anxiously watched the direction of oil prices and awaited the Federal Reserve's meeting that starts Tuesday.

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Federer, Serena Williams Advance at Wimbledon

Posted: 06/23/2008 - In keeping with tradition, Federer had the honor of opening play on the main stadium court as defending champion at the 122nd Wimbledon championships. He seemed right at home as he beat Hrbaty 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 for his 60th straight grass-court win and 35th consecutive victory at the All England Club.

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Wash. Campers Duck Gunshots That Bounced Off Water

Posted: 06/23/2008 - A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment after shooting into a lake in the direction of a campground, not realizing his bullets were bouncing off the water and forcing campers to seek cover, authorities said.

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Early Earth Marred by Acid Rain

Updated: 06/23/2008 - The climate of early Earth was no day at the beach, with stinging acid rains and an intensely warm surface, a new study suggests.

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Negative Book on Obama Set To Be Released

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The same publisher that distributed the 2004 best-seller that took aim at John Kerry’s Vietnam service is planning a summer release of what’s scheduled to be the first critical book on Barack Obama.

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