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Review: `Dark Knight' Nearly Lives Up to the Hype

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Even under ordinary circumstances, "The Dark Knight" would have been one of the most hotly awaited movies of the summer blockbuster season. The loss of Heath Ledger to an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January has amplified the buzz around the film — and his crazed performance as the Joker — to extraordinary levels.

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Fewer nonsmokers breathe cigarette fumes, CDC says

Posted: 07/11/2008 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Nearly half of nonsmoking Americans are still breathing in cigarette fumes, but the percentage has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, according to a government study released Thursday.

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47 Afghan civilians killed by US bombs, group says

Posted: 07/11/2008 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A U.S. military airstrike this week killed 47 civilians traveling to a wedding, the head of an Afghan government commission investigating the incident said Friday.

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Sheriff: Alcohol Involved in Train Death

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Authorities say a northcentral Missouri man is dead after being hit by a train that he ran toward while drinking with friends.

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Venezuela, Colombia attempt to mend relationship

Posted: 07/11/2008 - PARAGUANA, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Colombia's Alvaro Uribe attempted rapprochement on Friday after months of sniping that threatened billions of dollars in trade and unleashed a diplomatic crisis.

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Iran says nuclear talks are planned with EU

Posted: 07/11/2008 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says the country's top nuclear negotiator will meet European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana next week to address Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

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Bush Pushes Congress to Allow Oil Drilling

Posted: 07/11/2008 - President Bush prodded Congress on Friday to allow oil drilling in offshore waters and in the Alaskan wildlife refuge, citing "tough economic times" for the American people.

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UN report raises doubts on China ivory supply

Posted: 07/11/2008 - UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China's government lost track of 121 tons of elephant ivory over a dozen years that probably was sold on illegal markets, according to a previously undisclosed Chinese report to U.N. regulatory officials.

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War Crimes Charges Loom for Sudan's President

Updated: 07/11/2008 - UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. officials and diplomats said the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will seek an arrest warrant Monday charging Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur.

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Like Obama, McCain Devotes a Day to Women Voters

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Republican John McCain told a mostly female audience Friday that his plans to cut income, business and estate taxes would help women while Democrat Barack Obama's proposals would only erect new economic obstacles for them.

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FCC Chief Says Comcast Violated Internet Rules

Posted: 07/11/2008 - The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.

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Asia Underground Market Awaits iPhone

Posted: 07/11/2008 - As Apple Inc. rolled out its newest iPhone on Friday, dealers and buyers were anticipating the popular device in Asia's thriving underground marketplace in as little as a few days.

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New Allegations Emerge in Israeli PM Scandal

Posted: 07/11/2008 - Israeli police unveiled stunning new allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday, accusing him of getting multiple sources to pay for the same trips abroad so he could pocket the difference.

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Cops fear Calif. isle is turning gangster paradise

Posted: 07/11/2008 - AVALON, Calif. (AP) -- It seems even 22 miles of open ocean might not be keeping gangs off Catalina Island, a mist-shrouded outpost of Los Angeles County best known for its Hollywood history and crystal-clear harbors.

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Md. city with edgy racial past elects black mayor

Posted: 07/11/2008 - CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) -- This Chesapeake Bay city of idled crab processing plants and costly vacation homes has had a not-too-distant history of racial strife. But when Cambridge elected its first black mayor this week, residents said their worries about joblessness and the economy were foremost on their minds - not the race or gender of the winning candidate.

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Hollywood producers say SAG rejects contract offer

Posted: 07/11/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Unable for weeks to agree on terms for a new contract, Hollywood studios and the Screen Actors Guild have now found themselves unable to agree on whether negotiations will continue.

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Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq

Posted: 07/11/2008 - DETROIT (AP) -- For more than a year, Gordon Dibler held out hope that his stepson, Army Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, would return home from Iraq. Then military officials delivered the grim news that the bodies of Fouty and another soldier captured in an ambush south of Baghdad had been found.

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Hollywood Producers say SAG Rejects Contract Offer

Posted: 07/11/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild rejected the latest contract offer from Hollywood studios on Thursday but claimed it was willing to negotiate and presented a counterproposal.

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South Korean fatally shot by North Korean soldier

Posted: 07/11/2008 - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A North Korean soldier fatally shot a South Korean tourist Friday at a mountain resort in the communist North, prompting the South to suspend the high-profile tour program just as South Korean's new president sought to rekindle strained ties between the divided countries.

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