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US, Allies Want Global Pollution Slashed by 2050

Posted: 07/08/2008 - World leaders embraced for the first time on Tuesday an ambitious but nonbinding goal of slashing greenhouse-gas emissions in half by midcentury to stave off global warming.

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Venezuela Car Sales Fall as Growth Slows

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Sales of new cars in Venezuela fell 27.4 percent in the first half of the year, reversing a recent upward trend as economic growth slowed and President Hugo Chavez capped foreign car imports in a bid to boost domestic production.

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Fed Plans New Rules to Protect Future Homebuyers

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The Federal Reserve will issue new rules next week aimed at protecting future homebuyers from dubious lending practices, its most sweeping response to a housing crisis that has propelled foreclosures to record highs.

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Iraq Presses US on Timeline for Troop Pullout

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Iraqi officials stepped up pressure on the United States on Tuesday to agree to a specific timeline to withdraw American forces, a sign of the government's growing confidence as violence falls.

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Panel Calls for New War Powers Legislation

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher.

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G-8 Endorses Halving Global Emissions by 2050

Posted: 07/08/2008 - World leaders on Tuesday endorsed halving world emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, edging forward in the battle against global warming but stopping short of tough, nearer-term targets.

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Family, Admirers Prepare to Lay Helms to Rest

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Jesse Helms' family prepared Tuesday to lay the five-term U.S. senator to rest, gathering with a group of mourners that was expected to include national figures and home-state admirers.

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Hurricane Bertha Weakens to Category 2 Storm

Posted: 07/08/2008 - As of 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the center of the storm was about 660 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and about 975 miles southeast of Bermuda.

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Dry, Hot Weather Threatens California Fire Gains

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Firefighters faced worsening weather conditions Tuesday that pushed flames across firebreaks in parts of California and chased residents out of one small community.

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Michael Vick Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick filed for bankruptcy protection while serving time for federal dogfighting charges, saying he owes between $10 million and $50 million to creditors.

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Animal Rights Protesters Torment Scientists

Posted: 07/08/2008 - In the hills above the University of California's Berkeley campus, nine protesters gathered in front of the home of a toxicology professor, their faces covered with scarves and hoods despite the warm spring weather.

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NOAA Report: US Coral Reefs in Severe Decline

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Almost half the coral reef ecosystems in United States territory are in poor or fair condition, mostly because of rising ocean temperatures, according to a government report released Monday.

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Calif. Group Proposes George W. Bush Sewage Plant

Posted: 07/08/2008 - A California group submitted a proposal Monday to rename a sewage treatment plant after President Bush, calling the initiative a fitting tribute to the outgoing chief executive and the "mess" he'll leave behind.

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Missing Boy Found Safe, Fugitive Dad Killed By Bus

Posted: 07/08/2008 - A desperate five-day search for a 9-year-old boy abducted by his father in Southern California ended in Mexico, where the man died after being hit by a bus and the boy was found safe across town, authorities said Monday.

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EPA Dropped Wetlands Cases After High Court Ruling

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The Bush administration didn't pursue hundreds of potential water pollution cases after a 2006 Supreme Court decision that restricted the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate seasonal streams and wetlands.

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Programmer Facing Sentencing Leads Cops to a Body

Posted: 07/08/2008 - A body was removed from a remote area of the Oakland hills after a prominent computer programmer about to be sentenced for killing his missing wife led investigators to the site, authorities said Tuesday.

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