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November 20, 2007

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Nov 20,2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting Tuesday traditional plastic bags are banned from supermarket checkout lines in San Francisco.The ban is being implemented under a city ordinance passed this year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday."People are used to getting free bags and thinking there is no real consequence to them, but there is a cost," said Jack Macy, commercial recycling coordinator for the city's Department of the Environment, which implemented the new policy.City officials estimated 180 ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
ROANOKE, Va. -- The U.S. Senate race in Virginia now includes two former governors -- Republican Jim Gilmore and Democrat Mark Warner.Gilmore, who was governor from 1998-2002 and briefly sought the GOP nomination for president this year, made his candidacy official Monday, saying in a video that appeared on his Web site and on YouTube that "it's time for a change," Roanoke TV station WSLS reported.Gilmore isn't deterred by those who would say Warner, a ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is recommending Iraq try an award-winning Iraqi news photographer detained for 18 months for allegedly collaborating with insurgents.At a Pentagon news briefing Monday, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Bilal Hussein has been investigated since his detention in April 2006 at his home in western Anbar province, CNN reported.Morrell said investigators had "convincing and irrefutable evidence that Bilal Hussein is a threat to security and stability as a link to ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
CHICAGO -- No charges have been brought in the case of a father and two sons who were severely burned in their Chicago-area home, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.The boys, age 4 and 7, were doused with gasoline and set afire, police said.The boys' father, Kaushik Patel, 34, drove his sons five miles from their home in Glendale Heights to a relative's home, where police and fire authorities were called Sunday night, the Tribune reported.The ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
NEW YORK -- A U.S. Army warrant officer has been charged in New York in an alleged scheme to steal fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad.A federal complaint in Manhattan said Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Crenshaw, 38, of Watertown, N.Y., was stationed with the Army in Baghdad when he allegedly accepted several thousand dollars to participate in the scheme.The complaint said an unnamed "cooperating witness" in Baghdad began accepting money from an unnamed person in ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates named schools in Mississippi, Tennessee, New York and Missouri as sites for 2008 presidential candidate debates.The bipartisan commission said the first debate on domestic issues will be Friday, Sept. 26 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, USA Today reported Tuesday.The presidential candidates will meet again Oct. 7 for a town hall meeting at Belmont University in Nashville, where questions will also be accepted form Internet users. ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's endorsements now include retired pro wrestler Ric "Nature Boy" Flair, CNN reported Tuesday.Flair joins Ted Nugent, a rock musician and hunting enthusiast, and Chuck Norris, a martial arts expert and star of TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger," in endorsing Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor.Flair is to appear with Huckabee Saturday for a tailgate party when South Carolina meets Clemson in Columbia, S.C., CNN reported. Copyright © 2007, by United ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
MEMPHIS -- A 10-year-old suburban Memphis boy has been charged with trying to poison his teacher's coffee with dry erase board liquid cleaner.The incident happened Friday at Mount Pisgah Middle School where other students confirmed seeing the unidentified boy spritz two shots of the fluid into the teacher's coffee mug, WREG-TV, Memphis, reported Tuesday.The teacher took one sip and noticed a funny taste, and police were called. The youth made an appearance in Juvenile Court ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- California is suing 20 of the world's most popular toy makers and retailers for allegedly selling products with unlawful amounts of lead.California State Attorney General Jerry Brown accused Mattel Inc., Toys R Us, Fisher-Price Inc. and 17 other firms of selling dangerous toys and failing to tell the public they were hazardous, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.Others named in the lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court include Michaels Stores Inc., Costco ... [full story]
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Nov 20,2007
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee wants a Department of Homeland Security investigation into the emergency response to a San Francisco Bay oil spill.The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation heard three hours of testimony Monday into the response when the Cosco Busan hit a bridge footing on Nov. 7 and spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into the bay, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.The congressional panel asked why the ... [full story]
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