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Dec 31,2007
BANGKOK -- Three separate bombings injured at least 27 people early Monday in southern Thailand, one year after Muslim separatists bombed Bangkok.Two hotels and a disco were targeted in the most recent attacks in Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province, a BBC correspondent reported.Police said two of the injured were in serious condition.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks although the area has been a hotbed of Islamist separatism since 2004, the report said. Since ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
Shaun Toub and companion Lorena are easily the sharpest looking couple in a glassy corner bar of a hip San Diego hotel. In fact, they're the only couple, but one guesses that even a jammed room wouldn't change the obvious fact.   'KITE RUNNER' - Actor Shaun Toub views his character, Rahim in the movie 'Kite Runner,' as 'the heart and soul of the film.' CNS Photo by Howard Lipin. For Toub, mid-40s, all the glass reflects ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
Will Smith once owned the Fourth of July with his streak of hits on that holiday, year after year. The fresh prince of all media has lately moved off the biggest movie-going weekend of the year, but his stature as the king of the mega movies isn't in any danger.   WILL SMITH - In 'I Am Legend,' Will Smith is on his own and in danger in Manhattan after a virus has transformed everyone else ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
SAN DIEGO - In the legal tug of war between the county and state over medical marijuana, the city of San Diego has sided with Sacramento - and voters. Lawyers from the City Attorney's Office have filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit between San Diego County and the state Department of Justice. County supervisors hope a panel of appellate judges will relieve them of their obligation under state law to issue identification cards to ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
SAN DIEGO - The Bush administration will continue to operate a controversial, cross-border trucking program despite language in the $555 billion appropriations bill signed by President Bush Wednesday aimed at eliminating the program's funding. The administration's move, while not unexpected, sparked outrage from Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have fought to kill the three-month-old pilot program, which allows long-haul Mexican trucks to travel throughout the United States. "The administration seems to believe that ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
You know what's been missing from movies lately? David Lynch. That's right. David Lynch, the iconoclastic writer-director whose movies are the closest thing to a Bob Dylan song (both the good and difficult aspects of that).   DAVID LYNCH - David Lynch is an iconoclastic writer-director who brought us such treats as 'Blue Velvet,' 'The Elephant Man,' 'Dune,' and the TV series 'Twin Peaks.' In his new book, 'Catching the Big Fish,' he reveals his secret ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
Christmas may have come early this year for the families of thousands of federal inmates with crack cocaine convictions, thanks to recent actions by the U.S. Supreme Court, President George W. Bush and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Back in the 1980s at the height of the crack epidemic in urban America, our nation's leaders labored under the misconception that the less expensive form of cocaine was much more addictive than its powder form, based on ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
OK, so I never spent a dime to see any of the Terminator's movies. But I'm beginning to like what I see in the California Governor's Office. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose to be a Republican, yes - but he's avoided that familiar trap called party loyalty. One must reject the implication of a whimsical look at the governor in last Sunday's Los Angeles Times, titled "Benedict Arnold?" Suffice it to say Schwarzenegger is the first truly ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
U.S. News & World Report, which has made a name for itself by ranking and announcing the best colleges every year, is now ranking and listing the best careers for young people. A comparison of the latest lists shows a shocking disconnect and makes for dispiriting holiday reading. While the price of a college education has skyrocketed far faster than inflation, many careers for which colleges prepare their graduates are disappearing. U.S. News' Best Careers ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
Lowest-Paid Workers Will Keep Up With Inflation, But Many Won't Escape Poverty SILVERTON, Ore. -- The ushering in of the New Year will bump up Oregon's minimum wage by 15 cents, helping low-wage earners keep pace with inflation. Despite the increase, many at the bottom rung of the pay scale will remain mired in poverty, according to the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Oregon's minimum wage will increase from $7.80 to $7.95 per hour on ... [full story]
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