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Congress Passes Iraq War Spending Bill

Posted: 06/27/2008 - The war funding bill which passed the Senate overwhelmingly is expected to pay for operations until the next president takes office in January.

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LA Gas Station Gets Hydrogen Fuel Pump

Posted: 06/27/2008 - City Councilman Bill Rosendahl drove into a corner gas station with a big grin on his face. He stepped out of a sports utility vehicle, pumped fuel into the tank and declared it "the most joyous moment I've had since being elected to office."

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Attorney Who Took on Big Tobacco Faces Sentencing

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, a prominent attorney who took on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his role in a high-profile judicial bribery case.

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Poll: Math, Yes; Standardized Tests, Maybe

Posted: 06/27/2008 - A large majority of Americans thinks schools are placing too much emphasis on the wrong subjects, and more than half think they're doing just a fair job in preparing children for the work force or giving them the practical skills they need to survive as adults, according to an Associated Press poll released Friday.

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Zimbabwe Led to Polls for 1 Candidate Runoff

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Government officials force people to vote in runoff election in which the opposition leader, who led first-round voting, dropped out citing rising violence he attributed to followers of President Robert Mugabe.

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Gun Ban Ruling Has Chicago Thinking It's Next

Posted: 06/27/2008 - As news spread of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., one thing was clear in Chicago: The city's own ban now faces a challenge as serious as any in its 26-year history.

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North Korea Destroys Nuclear Reactor Tower

Updated: 06/27/2008 - North Korea destroyed the most visible symbol of its nuclear weapons program Friday, blasting apart the cooling tower at its main atomic reactor in a sign of its commitment to stop making plutonium for atomic bombs.

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Paris Hilton Donates to LA's Childrens Hospital

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Paris Hilton made an "extremely generous" donation toward the construction of a medical building at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, hospital officials said Thursday, although they did not specify the amount.

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US Stocks Head for Lower Open after Big Drop

Posted: 06/27/2008 - U.S. stocks headed for a lower open Friday, with investors looking to extend the previous session's dive as oil pushed above $142 a barrel.

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Asian Stocks Sink on Fears Over Oil, US

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Asian stock markets tumbled Friday amid growing alarm as oil prices spiked above $141 a barrel for the first time and Wall Street plummeted overnight.

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Oil Climbs to Record Above $141 in Asia

Posted: 06/27/2008 - Oil prices climbed to a record above $141 a barrel in Asian trading Friday as the dollar's protracted slump prompted investors to flock to oil as a hedge against inflation.

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Bill Pressures Pentagon to Choose Boeing

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Kansas lawmakers in Washington are backing the measure blocking Defense Department spending on tankers, unless they award a $35 billion tanker contract to Boeing.

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Warning! $7 Gas May Be on the Way

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Economist predicts a gas price increase in two years, which could take 10 million cars off our highways.

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Mormons Distance Themselves from Polygamist Groups

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormon church, is starting a public relations campaign that seeks a delicate balance: distinguishing itself from a small, separate group that claims some of the same history while not denigrating someone else's beliefs.

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Honey bee Crisis Could Lead to Higher Food Prices

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Food prices could rise even more unless the mysterious decline in honey bees is solved, farmers and businessmen told lawmakers Thursday. "No bees, no crops," North Carolina grower Robert D. Edwards told a House Agriculture subcommittee. Edwards said he had to cut his cucumber acreage in half because of the lack of bees available to rent.

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LAPD Won't Ask about Immigration Status

Posted: 06/26/2008 - A California judge blocked a lawsuit that sought to enlist Los Angeles police officers in weeding out illegal immigrants. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu on Wednesday rejected arguments that the city's policy - under which most suspects are not asked about their immigration status - conflicted with federal and state law.

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China Orders Phone, Internet Moratorium

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The government has ordered China's fast-growing phone companies to stop adding new customers in August so they can better focus on ensuring service for the Beijing Olympics, company employees said Thursday.

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US Military Shoots Down Separating Missile in Test

Posted: 06/26/2008 - The military's ground-based missile defense system destroyed a missile launched from an airplane in the first successful test of the system's ability to destroy a warhead that separates from its booster, the Missile Defense Agency said.

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Man Arrested for Slashing Policeman in Tokyo

Posted: 06/26/2008 - Police arrested a man for allegedly slashing a policeman with a knife Thursday in the same Tokyo neighborhood where a stabbing spree left seven people dead and 10 wounded earlier this month, a police spokesman said.

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