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Impact of canceled oil shipments into government reserve unclear

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The Bush administration says it is suspending oil deliveries into the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve through the end of the year. It's not clear what impact the move will have on oil or gasoline prices. The reserve is 97-percent full.

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Saudis Rebuff Bush As Oil Hits New High

Posted: 05/16/2008 - President Bush's second stab this year at getting oil-rich Saudi Arabia to increase production and drive down the soaring gasoline prices hurting U.S. consumers appears to have again failed.

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France's Orange Signs New IPhone Deal with Apple

Posted: 05/16/2008 - French wireless operator Orange said Friday it has signed a deal with Apple Inc. to sell its iPhone in the Middle East, Africa and several European countries.

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Louisiana Teenager Accused of Poisoning Teacher

Posted: 05/16/2008 - A 16-year-old student is accused of poisoning his teacher, who went to the hospital with "severe intestinal distress" after the teen spiked a soft drink with eye drops, authorities said.

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Flight Attendant Accused of Setting fire on airplane

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Court documents said Eder Rojas, of the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, told authorities he was upset at the airline for making him work a route. "Rojas further stated that he was preparing his cart to serve the passengers, he set the cart up, went back to the lavatory and reached in with his right hand and lit the paper towels with the lighter," court documents said.

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FDA orders Texas plant to shut down, recall smoked seafood

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Federal health authorities are directing a Pasadena, Texas, company to shut down and recall all its dried smoked catfish steaks and other smoked seafood produced since June 2007 because it failed to develop safety standards.

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Obama Criticizes McCain, Bush on Appeasement Talk

Posted: 05/16/2008 - WATERTOWN, S.D. - Barack Obama rebuked Republican rival John McCain and President Bush for "dishonest, divisive" attacks in hinting that the Democratic presidential candidate would appease terrorists, staunchly defending his national security credentials for the general election campaign.

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Alabama Sheriffs Feed Inmates on $1.75 a Day

Posted: 05/16/2008 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Back in the day of chain gangs, Alabama passed a law that gave sheriffs $1.75 a day to feed each prisoner in their jails, and the sheriffs got to pocket anything that was left over.

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Saudis See No Reason to Raise Oil Production Now

Posted: 05/16/2008 - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's leaders made clear Friday they see no reason to increase oil production until customers demand it, apparently rebuffing President Bush amid soaring U.S. gasoline prices.

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Surprise rebound in housing, outlook still shaky

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The Commerce Department reported Friday that housing construction rose by 8.2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million units. Building of single-family homes continued to weaken, however. The growth came from a big jump in apartment construction.

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DeGeneres, De Rossi Plan To Marry

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Ellen DeGeneres is putting the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage into action — she and Portia de Rossi plan to wed, DeGeneres announced during a taping of her talk show.

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Al-Maliki Offers Amnesty In Mosul

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered members of armed groups in Mosul an amnesty in exchange for surrendering their weapons.

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Oil sets record near $128; pump price at high, too

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The gains come 10 days before the Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the peak U.S. summer driving season, suggesting that retail gas prices have further to rise.

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Spokesman: Gunfire Hits Iranian Convoy In Baghdad

Posted: 05/16/2008 - An Iranian Embassy convoy came under fire in Baghdad, wounding two Iranian diplomats and two other staff, a spokesman said Friday. Tehran accused the United States of encouraging attacks against Iranian interests in Iraq.

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Vitamin D may help curb breast cancer, study finds

Posted: 05/16/2008 - The skin makes vitamin D from ultraviolet light. Too much sunlight can raise the risk of skin cancer, but small amounts - 15 minutes or so a few times a week without sunscreen - may be beneficial, many doctors believe.

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