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Continental,United join to fight rising fuel costs

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Continental and United Airlines, which failed to complete talks this spring to become a single carrier, said Thursday they would work together in an alliance they hope will boost revenue to offset rising fuel costs.

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Economy limping along, leading indicators show

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The economy, hobbled by higher fuel and food prices, tighter credit and a depressed housing market, is limping along at a snail's pace, a private business group said Thursday.

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Hotel sues Phil Spector over $100,000 unpaid bills

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A Los Angeles hotel is suing Phil Spector, his wife and agent for failing to pay more than $100,000 in accommodations for lawyers and expert witnesses in his murder trial.

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Iraq nears first major oil service deals

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Iraq is close to signing oil service deals with several major Western oil companies in an effort to boost its output capacity, the country's oil ministry said Thursday - the first major Iraqi contracts with big Western companies since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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Shell shuts down Nigerian oil field after attack

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Militants in speedboats raided an oil installation off Nigeria's southern coastline on Thursday, forcing Royal Dutch Shell to slash production and exposing Africa's biggest oil industry as vulnerable even on the high seas.

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Uninvited skunk causes stink, delays plane in Miami

Posted: 06/19/2008 - An uninvited passenger created a smelly situation on a plane in Miami. The skunk was discovered as workers were loading the plane. When crews tried to remove the skunk, the animal released its notorious rotten smell, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said

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YouTube Opens Screening Room for Indie Filmmakers

Updated: 06/19/2008 - Google Inc.'s YouTube is setting up a virtual screening room to bring the work of independent filmmakers to a global audience. Struggling filmmakers already use YouTube to kick-start viral marketing campaigns. The new feature, which debuts Wednesday, gives them an easy-to-find home - and makes them partners in drawing new ad revenue.

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Japanese Warship on First Postwar China visit

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A destroyer sailed out Thursday to make a Japanese warship's first port call in China since World War II as part of a two-way military exchange aimed at improving long-strained ties, Japan's defense ministry said.

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Airport volunteers welcome troops back stateside

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A few times each month, Karen Marks stands among the volunteers greeting the troops who land daily at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, all on two weeks' leave from Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Rain promotes `head scab' outbreak in Kansas wheat

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Untimely rainfall has led to an epidemic of a toxic fungal disease in some fields of winter wheat, reducing yields and quality just as harvest gets under way in the nation's breadbasket, industry experts say.

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Group files suit over 'I Believe' plates in SC

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A group that advocates separation of church and state filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to prevent South Carolina from becoming the first state to create "I Believe" license plates.

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Japan Debuts 3-D TV

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Hyundai offers -- in Japan only -- the first TV for watching 3-D programming. The 46-inch liquid-crystal display requires 3-D glasses. Programmers say more content is needed for the technology to catch on. There are no 3-D TV broadcasts in the United States.

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Former Cop Sobs as Jury Finds Him Guilty of Rapes

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Former sergeant Jeff Belo will be sentenced on August 12. Evidence against him included victim IDs, porn found in computer. His wife say's they've convicted the wrong person. The defense vows to appeal.

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SF Court Protects Privacy Of Work Communications

Posted: 06/19/2008 - A federal appeals court in San Francisco has made it more difficult for employers to legally access e-mails and text messages sent by their workers on company accounts.

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Political Leaders Pay Tribute To TV's Tim Russert

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The crowd at Tim Russert's funeral Wednesday would have made a great panel on his Sunday morning news show. That includes the two men running for president, John McCain and Barack Obama along with members of congress.

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China To Raise Energy Prices, Oil Future Drop

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The announcement, issued after local financial markets were closed, said prices of gasoline and diesel would rise by 1,000 yuan ($145) per ton. Electricity prices would also rise for most businesses, although residential housing and the farming and fertilizer industries would be exempt.

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Premium Gas Sales Tank As Fuel Prices Rise

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Demand for high-octane fuel is at its lowest in nearly a quarter of a century and is now primarily consumed by a core group of luxury vehicle owners — and even some of them are putting lower-grade fuel into their tanks to save money.

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Small Towns Suffer Big Losses As Rivers Rise

Posted: 06/19/2008 - As floodwaters take aim at the tiny towns lining the Mississippi River, the heartland ethic of neighbors helping neighbors is proving to be a potent force against the rising water.

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Obama Forgoes Public Financing

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The Democratic presumptive nominee says he will pass on the $84 million in federal funding for the general election, reneging on an earlier commitment to do so if his opponent also took public funds because, he says, they could not reach an accord with McCain's camp for spending limits by outside groups.

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China to Raise Energy Prices

Posted: 06/19/2008 - State media says China is raising prices of refined oil products and electricity. The announcement, issued late Thursday after local financial markets were closed, said prices of gasoline, diesel, aviation kerosene and electricity would be hiked starting Friday.

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25 getting Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars Next Year

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Hollywood will enshrine an eclectic bunch in its famous curbside Walk of Fame next year, including Hugh Jackman, Ben Kingsley, The Village People and Tinkerbell.

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CDC Counts 383 Salmonella Cases From Tomatoes

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Federal health officials have learned of 106 more cases of salmonella linked to tainted tomatoes, putting the outbreak's toll at 383 on Wednesday and counting. Most of this newest influx of cases were people who got sick weeks ago but hadn't been counted yet.

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Top Sadrist Official Arrested In Amarah

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Iraqi troops on Thursday arrested the top official in Amarah, a Muqtada al-Sadr loyalist, officials said, drawing swift condemnations from followers of the anti-U.S. cleric and raising tensions as a military operation against Shiite militias got under way.

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