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US oil and gas rig count down by 18

Posted: 09/05/2008 - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 18 this week to 2,013.

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US commander sees a "slow win" in Afghanistan

Posted: 09/05/2008 - A key American commander in Afghanistan says U.S.-led forces are achieving a "slow win." But he adds that he hopes President Bush will send more combat troops and other resources to the country by winter.

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Federal agency proposes drug tests for miners

Posted: 09/05/2008 - The federal agency that regulates the nation's coal and non-coal mines says it will revise its drug and alcohol policy to include substance abuse testing for all miners.

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Ford: Loan guarantees would speed new technologies

Posted: 09/05/2008 - Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford says his company will still invest in new fuel-saving technology without government loan guarantees, but the loans would get the new products to market faster.

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Guilty plea nets man life sentence

Posted: 09/05/2008 - A man charged in the stabbing death of a former North Carolina State University student has been spared a death sentence.

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Rice arrives in Libya on historic visit

Updated: 09/05/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Libya, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the North African country in more than a half-century and opening a new chapter in U.S. relations with the one-time pariah state.

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FEMA may cover hotel costs for hurricane evacuees

Posted: 09/04/2008 - The federal government says it'll pay the hotel expenses of some of the nearly two million people who fled their homes ahead of Hurricane Gustav. It's not clear exactly who'll be eligible for assistance and how much it'll cost taxpayers.

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Lieberman risks payback from Senate Democrats

Posted: 09/04/2008 - Senate Democrats are hinting at payback for Senator Joe Lieberman, who criticized Barack Obama during a prime-time address this week at the Republican National Convention.

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Texas drops half of cases in polygamist sect raid

Posted: 09/04/2008 - Child welfare authorities in Texas are acknowledging that more than half of the children seized during a raid on a polygamist group's ranch can safely live with their parents or guardians.

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