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    Key senators discuss trimming health bill

    Aug. 20: President Barack Obama was asked about the back-and-forth over a government-run public option for health care on Thursday, after the White House appeared to back away from that component of the reform plan. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.  (Nightly News)Senate health-care negotiators agreed late Thursday to ignore the strident rhetoric from Republican and Democratic leaders and to keep working toward a bill that can win broad support, sources said.

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    Attacks weaken Afghan voter turnout

    Afghan voters line up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Kabul on Thursday.Millions of Afghans defy threats to cast ballots in the country's second national elections since Taliban rule, but turnout appeared weaker this time.

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    Ridge: I was pushed to up terror alert

    Tom Ridge, former  Homeland Security secretary, faced criticism in 2004 from Democrats who alleged that raising the alert level was designed to boost support for the Bush administration in an election year.Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge claims in a new book that he was pressured by Bush Cabinet members to raise the nation's terror alert level just before the 2004 election.

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    $1.2 billion granted for electronic health records

    The U.S. government on Thursday announced grants of almost $1.2 billion to help hospitals and health care providers implement and use electronic health records.

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    Libyans welcome Lockerbie bomber

    Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, top left, is accompanied by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, upon his arrival at the airport in Tripoli on Thursday.The only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has returned home to Libya, where he was greeted by thousands.

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    Yanks set to sweep into Boston with AL East lead

    Off Thursday after a series in Oakland, the Yankees start a three-game set at Boston on Friday night. A lot sure has changed for the New York Yankees since they started out 0-8 against the Boston Red Sox.

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    Ocean temps warmest recorded

    The water in Scarborough, Maine, was perfect for these boys on Thursday. The world's oceans last month were the warmest on record — great for swimmers but possibly another sign of a warming world.

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    Cash for Clunkers to end Monday

    Through Thursday, auto dealers have made deals worth $1.9 billion and are on pace to exhaust the program’s $3 billion in early September.The Obama administration will end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives.

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    Red Sox sweep Jays as HR onslaught continues

    Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Blue Jays. Lester allowed one earned run in Boston's win on Thursday.J.D. Drew homered twice, Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

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    Police: Murdered model’s fingers, teeth gone

    Aug. 20: Police in California want to question an ex-reality TV star in the death of his wife. The model was found dead earlier this week and her husband is nowhere to be found. TODAY’s Matt Lauer talks with the model’s agent and criminal profiler Pat Brown in a TODAY exclusive. (Today Show)Police investigating a reality TV contestant in his ex-wife’s death say her fingers and teeth had been removed when her body was found in a California trash bin.

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    Fire hazard: 1.5 million DVD players recalled

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it had received 12 reports of overheating by the Durabrand DVD players, five of which resulted in fires that caused property damage but no injuries.

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    Ochocinco kicks Bengals past Pats — seriously

    Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco kicks the extra point after a touchdown by teammate Chris Henry in the second quarter of their preseason game against the Patriots on Thursday night.With Shayne Graham nursing a tender groin, Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati’s career leader in catches, yards receiving and name changes, booted an extra point late in the first half — a point that gave the Bengals a 7-6 win over the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

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    Starbucks boosts some prices

    Starbucks Corp. is raising prices on certain harder-to-make beverages — and cutting the costs for simpler ones like a plain cup of coffee, the company said Thursday.

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    Martin, Dodgers have grand time beating Cubs

    Los Angeles' Russell Martin rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.Russell Martin snapped a sixth-inning tie with a grand slam, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night in the series opener.

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    Ex-reporter Jayson Blair now a life coach

    Jayson Blair knows his new profession — life coach — smacks some people in the face like a bad punchline.Jayson Blair knows his new profession — life coach — smacks some people in the face like a bad punchline.

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    Celizic: Calipari’s legacy is rule-breaking, not winning

    Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38 victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, when John Calipari was coach.Celizic: If I were a Kentucky Wildcat fan, I’d be very unhappy to hear my college president and athletic director stand up for the serial program-wrecker they hired to coach the basketball team.

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    Colleges ignoring military experience

    Navy veteran Donny Spradling will attend the University of Missouri this fall but won't get credit for his military training.A surge of military veterans on college campuses due to the GI Bill is leading to a call for schools to re-examine their policies of declining to grant college credit for military training.

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    Porn makers face complaints of unprotected sex

    An AIDS advocacy group filed complaints Thursday with state officials against 16 production companies that show unprotected sex in porn movies.

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    Bolt wins 200 in another record time at worlds

    BERLIN (AP) -Usain Bolt set a world record of 19.19 seconds Thursday to add the world championship title in the 200 meters to his gold in the 100.

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    Storm warning for Bermuda as Bill nears

    Aug. 20: Hurricane Bill continued to build in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday, but was not expected to make landfall. The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore reports.  (Nightly News)Bermuda issued a tropical storm warning Thursday as Hurricane Bill regained some of its muscle, while dangerous waves and riptides were likely along the eastern U.S. coast over the weekend.

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