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Obama, Clinton to hold joint fundraisers in NY

Posted: 07/05/2008 - Now that they're allies, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will help each other raise money in a series of fundraisers in New York next week.

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FDA reports more cases of salmonella illnesses

Posted: 07/05/2008 - The government on Saturday increased the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect although investigators are testing other types of fresh produce.

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Accident at Iowa town's fireworks display hurts 37

Posted: 07/05/2008 - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A Fourth of July fireworks shell misfired in a northern Iowa town, sending a fireball skidding down a street into a crowd of spectators and injuring 37 people, officials said Saturday.

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Argentine lawmakers back export taxes

Posted: 07/05/2008 - Argentina's lower house of Congress on Saturday approved a package of grain-export taxes that have sparked nationwide farm protests and food shortages.

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Venus beats Serena for her 5th Wimbledon title

Posted: 07/05/2008 - WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- This time, big sister put little sister in her place. Advantage, Miss Venus Williams. She defeated Serena 7-5, 6-4 Saturday for her fifth Wimbledon title and second in a row.

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Man flying lawn chair lifted by helium balloons

Posted: 07/05/2008 - Riding a green lawn chair supported by a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons, Kent Couch took off Saturday in a third bid to fly from central Oregon all the way to Idaho.

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Accident at Iowa town's fireworks display hurts 37

Posted: 07/05/2008 - A Fourth of July fireworks shell misfired in a northern Iowa town, sending a fireball skidding down a street into a crowd of spectators and injuring 37 people, officials said Saturday.

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Spitzer call girl drops 'Girls Gone Wild' lawsuit

Posted: 07/05/2008 - MIAMI (AP) -- The call girl involved in a scandal that brought down New York's former governor has dropped a lawsuit claiming "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis exploited her image and name on the Internet.

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Man flying lawn chair lifted by helium balloons

Posted: 07/05/2008 - BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Riding a green lawn chair supported by a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons, Kent Couch took off Saturday in a third bid to fly from central Oregon all the way to Idaho.

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Iran indicates it has no plans to halt enrichment

Posted: 07/05/2008 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran indicated Saturday that it has no plans to meet a key Western demand that it stop enriching uranium, a day after Tehran sent the European Union a response to an international offer of incentives for halting enrichment.

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Analysis: McCain struggles to regain footing

Posted: 07/05/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- John McCain calls himself an underdog. That may be an understatement. The GOP presidential candidate trails Democrat Barack Obama in polls, organization and money while trying to succeed a deeply unpopular fellow Republican in a year that favors Democrats. McCain also doesn't seem to have a coherent message let alone much of a strategy despite securing the nomination three months earlier than Obama.

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Employers use federal law to deny benefits

Posted: 07/05/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dying of cancer, Thomas Amschwand did everything he was told to make sure his wife would collect on the life insurance policy he had through his employer.

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Obama, Clinton to hold joint fundraisers in NY

Posted: 07/05/2008 - BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- Now that they're allies, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will help each other raise money in a series of fundraisers in New York next week.

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2 fires still raging along Calif.'s Central Coast

Posted: 07/05/2008 - BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Cool, damp weather early Saturday helped crews gain ground on the huge wildfire that wiped out this coastal retreat's holiday tourist trade, allowing some personnel and gear to be shifted to a growing blaze farther south

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Former Republican Sen. Jesse Helms Dies at 86

Posted: 07/05/2008 - RALEIGH, N.C. - Former Sen. Jesse Helms, an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who spent three combative and sometimes caustic decades in Congress, where he relished his battles against liberals, Communists and occasionally a fellow Republican, died on the Fourth of July. He was 86.

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Companies begin Quest for Oil, Gas Off Fla. Coast

Posted: 07/05/2008 - PENSACOLA, Fla. - Oil companies once viewed drilling in the deep waters off Florida as cost prohibitive. Politicians feared even the slightest sign of support would be career suicide.

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10 Taliban Killed while Planting Bomb

Posted: 07/05/2008 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Gunmen in a dangerous part of southern Afghanistan assassinated an Afghan lawmaker, while a roadside bomb militants were planting detonated prematurely, killing 10 Taliban, officials said Saturday.

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FBI Probe Latest Setback for Beleaguered Detroit

Posted: 07/05/2008 - DETROIT - Auto industry cutbacks, double-digit unemployment and one of the nation's highest home foreclosure rates have left Detroit with a dreary economic future.

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Spitzer call Girl drops 'Girls Gone Wild' Lawsuit

Posted: 07/05/2008 - MIAMI (AP) — The call girl involved in a scandal that brought down New York's former governor has dropped a lawsuit claiming "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis exploited her image and name on the Internet.

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2 Fires still Raging along Calif.'s Central Coast

Posted: 07/05/2008 - BIG SUR, Calif. - Weary firefighters got no rest during the holiday weekend as a pair of out-of-control wildfires roared across the landscape along California's central coast at opposite ends of the arid Los Padres National Forest.

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US Marks July 4 With Fireworks, Revelry

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Americans across the country mixed patriotism and plain old good fun to mark Independence Day on Friday, with solemn ceremony alternating with parades and hot-dog-eating hijinks.

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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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