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Court orders YouTube to give Viacom video logs

Posted: 07/04/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- 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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Former hot-dog-chomping champ hungry for new title

Posted: 07/04/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- He's gone from hot-dog top dog to underdog. Renowned competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi is aiming to chomp his way back to the top of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating competition on Coney Island after a disappointing three-dog loss last year shattered his six-year winning streak.

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Over 50 are injured in bomb explosion in Belarus

Posted: 07/04/2008 - MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- A homemade bomb exploded at an outdoor concert in Belarus' capital early Friday, injuring at least 50 people. Officials blamed hooligans.

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Fire Spreads Closer To Big Sur

Posted: 07/04/2008 - Thousands evacuated as flames jump fire line; volunteer dies fighting blaze in Mendocino County.

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Obama visits traditionally-Republican Montana

Posted: 07/04/2008 - BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- Barack Obama is celebrating the 4th of July in Butte, Montana, attending a parade and picnic. It's a state that usually gives its three electoral votes to a Republican. Only two Democrats have carried Montana since 1948. Republicans typically take it for granted and Democrats usually write if off. But this year, Obama is spending a sizeable amount of time and money to try to win it.

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Wildfire chases July 4th visitors from Big Sur

Posted: 07/04/2008 - BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Independence Day is normally a booming time for tourism here, with visitors settling into cliffside vacation homes or trekking out to campgrounds nestled among the redwoods. But this year, the only out-of-towners in Big Sur are firefighters working around the clock to save the storied community from flames.

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Bush welcomes new US citizens on 4th of July

Posted: 07/04/2008 - CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- 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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Freed hostage gets hero's welcome in France

Posted: 07/04/2008 - PARIS (AP) -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt says she is crying with joy about her arrival in France after six years held captive in the Colombian jungle.

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Historians Baffled by Vanished Lincoln Bust

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Here's the mystery: Sometime in the early decades of the 20th century, a 16-foot-tall structure - which had been dedicated with great fanfare on July 4, 1909, the centennial year of Lincoln's birth - simply vanished. No one still living seems to know where it went.

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Kylie Minogue Honored at Buckingham Palace

Posted: 07/03/2008 - Britain has honored Australian singer Kylie Minogue for her services to music. The 40-year-old pop star received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, from Prince Charles during a ceremony Thursday at Buckingham Palace in London.

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Jobless Lines Growing Longer

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The number of newly laid off people signing up for unemployment insurance rose sharply last week. The Labor Department, in a new report Thursday, says new applications jumped by 16,000 to 404,000, the highest level since late March.

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Indiana Gas Price Protester to Plead Guilty

Posted: 07/03/2008 - A man who was arrested for climbing to the roof of a gas station to sing a song protesting high gasoline prices says he will plead guilty to a trespassing charge.

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Texas Man Freed By DNA After 15 Years In Prison

Posted: 07/03/2008 - A Texas man who spent more than 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of kidnapping and robbery raised both arms skyward and collapsed in his mother's embrace Thursday after being told he was a free man.

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Report: Passport Snooping Likely Rampant

Posted: 07/03/2008 - An internal State Department investigative report suggests that employees may have been snooping on the passport records of celebrities far more than previously disclosed. It urges new steps to secure the files.

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Pentagon Extends Tour Of Marines in Afghanistan

Posted: 07/03/2008 - The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is doing combat operations in the volatile south, will stay an extra 30 days and come home in early November rather than October, Marine Col. David Lapan confirmed Thursday.

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