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Companies bid millions to tap Western Gulf

Posted: 08/20/2008 - Energy companies have placed $487.3 million in winning bids for the right to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico, knowing that they may get a chance later to also explore in other areas that have been off limits for decades.

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Fay is no hurricane

Posted: 08/20/2008 - There's no more hurricane watch for parts of northern Florida and Georgia. But a tropical storm warning has been extended, covering an area from Fort Pierce, Florida, to Georgia's coastal southeast.

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US: Musharraf can live where he wants

Posted: 08/19/2008 - The United States says it has not been asked about giving former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf asylum, but that the former army general "has a right to live wherever he wants."

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Paulson previews agenda for next China talks

Posted: 08/19/2008 - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the next round of high-level talks with China will focus on energy and environmental issues, and efforts to agree on an investment treaty.

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West Texas oil patch towns reap benefits of boom

Posted: 08/18/2008 - High gas prices are forcing many Americans to tighten their belts, dump their SUVs and eat more dinners at home. But in oil-rich West Texas, many folks are living large.

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College presidents seek debate on drinking age

Posted: 08/18/2008 - Presidents of about 100 of the nation's best-known colleges and universities are calling on lawmakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. They say current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.

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Accused serial killer charged with murder plots

Posted: 08/18/2008 - An Illinois truck driver accused of killing at least four women in three states has been booked on a grand jury indictment of five counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

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Daschle says there are still questions on anthrax

Posted: 08/18/2008 - Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says FBI evidence that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks is convincing, but he is not completely persuaded that the investigation focused on the right person.

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Man whose lawsuit scuttled DC gun ban gets permit

Posted: 08/18/2008 - The man whose lawsuit overturned Washington's handgun ban has successfully registered his revolver, ending a more than 30-year wait to keep the weapon in his home.

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Texas authorities say body is abducted clerk

Posted: 08/18/2008 - The suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a Texas convenience store clerk is an unregistered sex offender who served time in prison for aggravated sexual assault.

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