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VA chief's visit to Marion finalized

Updated: 09/12/2008 - The itinerary is set for the head of the nation's Veterans Affairs system to take a firsthand look at a southern Illinois VA hospital where major surgeries were halted because of a surge in patient deaths.

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Gasoline, oil prices higher

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Hurricane Ike is blamed for sending crude oil and gasoline prices higher today. The massive storm has caused companies along the Texas coast to shut down refining and drilling operations.

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US kicks out Venezuelan envoy

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The U.S. has expelled Venezuela's ambassador and accused two senior Venezuelan government officials of aiding drug traffickers in Colombia.

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Pakistan opposition angered by US attacks

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Pakistan's main opposition party says the country could pull out of the U.S.'s war on terror. But Pakistan's new president says he is still committed to fighting violent Islamic extremism.

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Dollar falls, gold rises in Europe

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The U.S. dollar was mostly lower against other major currencies in European trading Friday morning. Gold rose.

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Gates: Air Force may consolidate nuclear control

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Air Force will consider consolidating under a single command all responsibility for management of its nuclear weapons arsenal.

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US surpasses Iraqi refugee admissions goal

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The Bush administration says it has surpassed its goal of allowing 12,000 Iraqi refugees into the United States during the current budget year after streamlining the admissions process.

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AP Source: Fidelity to settle auction-rate probe

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Fidelity Investments is close to settling an investigation led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo into the company's sales of auction-rate securities, according to a person close to the talks.

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Alaskans start cashing in on annual dividend

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Most eligible Alaskans will find an additional $3,269 in their bank accounts, thanks to direct deposits of their Permanent Fund dividend checks and energy relief payments.

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Paulson said to be against govt funds for Lehman

Posted: 09/12/2008 - A person familiar with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's thinking says Paulson is "adamant" that there should be no government money involved in whatever deal comes together for Lehman Brothers.

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Va. court overturns conviction of NC junk e-mailer

Posted: 09/12/2008 - The Virginia Supreme Court has declared Virginia's anti-spam law unconstitutional and overturned the conviction of a North Carolina man once considered one of the world's most prolific junk e-mailers.

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Wholesale prices plunge 0.9 percent in August

Posted: 09/12/2008 - Government data show wholesale inflation plunged in August by the largest amount in nearly two years, reflecting a steep drop in gasoline and other energy products.

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House votes $8B relief for highway trust fund

Posted: 09/11/2008 - Congress has approved and sent to President Bush an $8 billion rescue package for the federal highway trust fund. The infusion comes as the trust fund verges on going broke, threatening road and bridge projects in every state.

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Lawsuit: discrimination against pregnant guards

Posted: 09/11/2008 - A federal agency has sued a New Mexico company in federal court in Kansas, alleging it discriminated against pregnant employees it had hired as security guards on Army bases.

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