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Two Supervisors at Raided Meatpacking Plant Arrested

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Two supervisors at an Iowa meatpacking plant that was raided by federal immigration agents in May were arrested and charged with encouraging people to live in the United States illegally.

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Statue of Liberty's Crown May Reopen to Public

Posted: 07/04/2008 - The National Park Service is considering reopening Lady Liberty's crown for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to documents a congressman released on July Fourth.

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Bush Welcomes New US Citizens on 4th of July

Posted: 07/04/2008 - President Bush invoked the memory of Thomas Jefferson Friday in welcoming new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Monticello, saying "I'll be proud to call you a fellow American."

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Joy in Video of Colombia Hostage Rescue

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Video recorded during the rescue of 15 hostages shows them filing grim-faced toward the helicopter that would fly them to safety, then hugging one another and crying tears of joy after they are aloft and realize they are free.

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Mongolian Riot Police Maintain Calm

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Police and soldiers in riot gear patrolled downtown sections of Mongolia's capital Friday, the final day of a four-day state of emergency declared following post-election riots that left five people dead and 220 hurt.

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Autopsy: Drowning Cause of Chinese Girl's Death

Posted: 07/04/2008 - A third autopsy on a teenage girl whose death sparked a riot last weekend in southwest China confirmed she died of drowning, while two more top local officials have been fired, state media reported Friday.

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Betancourt Tastes Freedom, Orange Juice

Posted: 07/04/2008 - In her first hours of freedom, Ingrid Betancourt held her children tight, visited her father's grave and sent her husband out to find oranges for breakfast.

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Pentagon Extends Afghanistan Tours

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Defense department extends combat tours for 2,200 marines by 30 days after promising for months to bring them home on time.

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Woman Charged in Chicago Police Officer's Death

Posted: 07/04/2008 - A 44-year-old woman was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting death earlier this week of a veteran Chicago police officer.

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N. Korea: No More Nuclear Moves Before Oil

Posted: 07/04/2008 - North Korea said Friday it will not take further steps to dismantle its nuclear program until the U.S. and its other negotiating partners award fuel oil and political benefits promised under an aid-for-disarmament deal.

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Court Orders YouTube to Give Viacom Video Logs

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.

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Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Contest After Eat-Off

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Joey Chestnut reclaimed the top spot at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on Friday after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

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US soldiers in Iraq mark Fourth of July

Posted: 07/04/2008 - BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) -- It's Staff Sgt. Edgar Covarrubias' second Fourth of July in Iraq. No family barbecue, no fireworks, but Covarrubias says he'll call his mom, wife and kids to share the day anyway.

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State media: Iran responds to nuclear proposal

Posted: 07/04/2008 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran delivered its response Friday to an international offer of incentives for it to suspend uranium enrichment, a central part of its nuclear program, state television reported.

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More than 4,000 Danes may have salmonella

Posted: 07/04/2008 - COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish health officials fear more than 4,000 people may be infected with salmonella and are checking everything from refrigerators to credit card receipts to find the source of what may be the worst outbreak in 15 years.

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Scientists: Watermelon yields Viagra-like effects

Posted: 07/04/2008 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that researchers say has effects similar to Viagra - but don't necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks going all night long.

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Chestnut wins hot dog contest after eat-off

Posted: 07/04/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Joey Chestnut has reclaimed the top spot as winner of the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

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Direct flights between China-Taiwan begin

Posted: 07/04/2008 - TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Hundreds of mainland Chinese tourists - some in matching white or pink shirts - arrived in Taiwan on Friday on the first regular commercial flights in nearly six decades between the old foes.

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