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Jul 26,2007
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he doubts the White House and Congress can come up with a compromise over executive privilege claims. Aboard Air Force One en route to Philadelphia with President Bush, Specter told reporters he sees little hope of reaching "an accommodation" over testimony from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten on the firings of eight U.S. attorneys at ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to win over religious voters, U.S. Democrats are changing the way they talk about abortion and birth control, the Los Angeles Times said Thursday. House Democrats last week backed the Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative, a move seen by some as an attempt to embrace measures long sought by anti-abortion activists, the newspaper said. While one goal of the new, multimillion-dollar program is to prevent unwanted pregnancies, the initiative ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- After years of being mostly a transit point for drug traffickers, Hungary has become a major market for illegal drugs, a top police official said Thursday. Gyorgy Zsombok, deputy head of the Hungarian national bureau of investigation, or NNI, said Hungary has turned into a major country on the Balkan drug route and also has registered an increasing number of drug addicts, the national news agency MTI reported. Zsombok warned that Hungary, ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
DAMASCUS, Syria -- An explosion at a Syrian ammunition warehouse, apparently set off by high summer temperatures, Thursday killed at least 15 soldiers and injured another 50. The state-run SANA news agency emphasized the blast at a military depot in Musalmiya -- about six miles outside the city of Aleppo -- was not an act of sabotage, but rather the result of the morning's intense heat reacting with the highly explosive materials stored inside the ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
AUSTIN, Texas -- Officials in Austin, Texas, say they will rename Town Lake "Lady Bird Lake" Thursday in honor of the late Lady Bird Johnson. The Texas native, former first lady and early environmental advocate died July 11 at the age of 94. Members of her family were expected to attend the renaming ceremony. "Lady Bird Johnson exemplified Austin's most cherished ideals of respect and commitment to both its citizens and environment," said Mayor Will ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
BAGHDAD -- U.S. forces in Iraq have seized more insurgents' weapons caches in the first half of 2007 than they did in all of 2006, a military spokesman said in Baghdad. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, told reporters much of the success is based on an increase in the number and accuracy of tips from Iraqi citizens. "We are seeing increasingly positive trends in the number of weapons and ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
WASHINGTON -- Prior to her visit to the Middle East next week, U.S. Secretary Condoleezza Rice told an Arabic broadcaster in Washington "There will be a Palestinian state." In an interview with the Al Hurra satellite television network, Rice said the conflict between Israel and Palestinians had gone on too long for both sides. "The Palestinian people have waited too long for the state," Rice said. "The Israelis have waited too long for the security ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been invited to spend Sunday and Monday with U.S. President George W. Bush at the presidential retreat in Maryland. The Camp David outing marks the first time Brown visits the United States as prime minister, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said in a statement. Asked what the two leaders plan to discuss, Snow told reporters aboard Air Force One, "You can imagine Iraq, ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has shelved plans to build a new embassy in Beirut based on security concerns, ABC News reported Thursday. While the State Department official in charge of embassy construction, retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Charles Williams has been insistent the embassy be built, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was urged by Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman to scrap the plan, the network reported. The U.S. government bought the site for $22 million ... [full story]
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Jul 24,2007
Three Redmond residents who became stranded on an island in the Deschutes River after they lost their air mattresses when they were swept down the Big Eddy rapids in the Deschutes River were rescued on Sunday afternoon by local search & rescue personnel, firefighters, and good Samaritans who happened to be in the area.  According to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Utter, Steven Rust, 26, his 9-year-old daughter Tifa, and girlfriend Andrea Evans, 24, capsized after ... [full story]
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