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Da Vinci Code Movie Banned from Filming in Church

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Rome's diocese said Monday it has barred the producers of "Angels & Demons" from filming in two churches for the prequel to the "The Da Vinci Code," the popular book and film that angered many Catholic leaders.

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Palace of Ex-King of Nepal to Become a Museum

Posted: 06/16/2008 - The palace where Nepal's former king once lived will be converted into a museum that will offer the public a glimpse of royal life, including the ex-monarch's throne and a vintage car given as a gift by Adolf Hitler, the government said Monday.

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Bhutto Homecoming Attack Suspect Freed

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Pakistan has freed a key suspect in the suicide bombing that killed some 150 people at last year's homecoming rally for ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said Monday.

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The Return Of The Scaled Down Soprano

Posted: 06/16/2008 - The American soprano returns to the Royal Opera House stage Monday, four years after the company fired her for being too big for the little black dress chosen for the title character in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos." The decision sparked a fierce debate about weight discrimination in opera.

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Obama Promises Hoops in White House

Posted: 06/16/2008 - During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel via satellite from Philadelphia on Sunday, Barack Obama stated that he would replace the bowling alley with a basketball court i the White House.

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Simply Red Front Man Turns to the Blues

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Simply Red frontman, Mick Hucknall is changing his musical style. Hucknall's tribute to Bobby "Blue" Bland is being released this week o Rhino records.

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Former AP Haiti Correspondent Michael Norton Dies

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Michael Norton (AP) -- who spent nearly two decades covering Haiti's coups, rebellions and disasters for The Associated Press - died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

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Voting Commission Plagued by Problems, Limited Funds

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Somehow, Congress had neglected to fund the Election Assistance Commission, a small group with a massive task: coordinating one of the most sweeping voter reform packages in decades. The four-member, bipartisan commission still struggles under its heavy workload and accusations of playing politics, foot-dragging and whitewashing reports that could appear detrimental to Republican interests.

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Obama Camp sees Possible Win Without Ohio, Florida

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.

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Obama to Visit Iraq, Afghanistan Before Election

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Barack Obama says he is going to visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the November election. The presumed Democratic presidential nominee said he spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday about the war and told him he looks forward to seeing him in Baghdad.

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It's Woods vs. Mediate in US Open Playoff

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Superman vs. Everyman. Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate. The U.S. Open is down to two players, one who needs no introduction and another who insists he's not simply happy to be here. The 18-hole playoff began Monday.

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Internet Suicide Case Goes To Federal Court

Posted: 06/16/2008 - A Missouri woman accused of taking part in a MySpace hoax that ended with a 13-year-old girl's suicide has so far avoided state charges — but not federal ones.

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NYC: No Transfat In Restaurants After July 1st

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Unhealthy trans fats in restaurant food? Not in New York City. Eateries must remove artificial trans fats from all menu items by July 1. When first implemented last year, the Health Department ban applied only to fry oils and spreads. It now will also include baked goods, frozen foods, cannoli and doughnuts.

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Britian: EU Agrees To Freeze Iran's Bank Assets

Posted: 06/16/2008 - A British official says European Union nations have agreed in principle to freeze the assets of Iran's largest bank. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's spokesman, Michael Ellam, said Monday an agreement is in place over the assets of Bank Melli.

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US Stocks Head for Lower Open

Posted: 06/16/2008 - U.S. stocks headed for a lower opening Monday after a decline in regional manufacturing and rising oil prices stirred fresh concerns about the health of the economy.

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Oil Hits Record near $140 a Barrel on Dollar

Posted: 06/16/2008 - It just keeps going higher and higher...oil futures are hitting a new milestone near $140 a barrel, a dramatic surge analysts attributed to the weakening dollar.

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FCC Chief Recommends OK of Satellite Radio Deal

Posted: 06/16/2008 - FCC Chair gave his final approval for the proposed XM/ Sirius merger after winning final concessions, such as 24 st channels dedicated to noncommercial and minority programming and a three year price freeze.

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Britain Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Britain will freeze assets of Iran's largest bank in a further move to discourage the country from developing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday.

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AP IMPACT: CEO Pay Chugs Up in '07 Despite Economy

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Together, the top ten, best paid CEOs in America took home more than a half-billion dollars last year; the median average pay for a S&P 500 CEO was around $8.4 million

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Southern China Flooding Kills 57, More Rain Ahead

Posted: 06/16/2008 - More than a million people were forced from their homes in heavy flooding in China when the Wuijang River rose to nearly 79 feet far past the "dangerous level" of twenty feet.

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Bush Embraces Britain's Moves on Iran, Afghanistan

Posted: 06/16/2008 - President applauded the British government's pladge to tighten restrictions on Iran and more troops to Afghanistan, while dismissing reports of disagreements over Iraq policy, in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Lesbian Couple of 55 Years Ready to Say 'I Do'

Posted: 06/16/2008 - San francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to officiate the private wedding ceremony between 87 year-old Del Martin and 84 year-old Phyllis Lyon, who've been together for 55 years

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