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Iraqi Lawmakers Want to Ban Smoking in Public Areas

After six years of war and terrorist bombings, Iraq is moving against a different killer in its midst — smoking.

Director John Hughes Dead at 59

Famed director John Hughes died of a heart attack Thursday, according to a report from TMZ.

Hacker Attack Silences Twitter Users

A hacker attack shut down Twitter on Thursday morning, and Facebook also said it was 'looking into' possible site problems.

'Clunkers' Saved From Junkyard

Dems say they have enough votes to extend 'cash for clunkers' program until Labor Day | FULL COVERAGE

Heavy-Handed on Health Reform?

Conservatives say White House acting 'Orwellian' after blog post asking about 'fishy' e-mails on health care plan

Slate Wiped Clean forFannie Mae, Freddie Mac?

Obama is reportedly considering restructuring mortgage giants, stripping them of troubled loans | FULL COVERAGE

Report: U.S. Considers Revamp of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Obama administration is considering an overhaul of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would strip billions in bad loans and create a new home-loan organization, according to the Washington Post.

Senate Reaches Deal on Saving 'Cash for Clunkers' Program

Senators have reached a deal on saving the dwindling "cash for clunkers" program, agreeing to vote Thursday on adding $2 billion to the popular rebate plan.

Manson Follower, Jailed in Plot to Kill Ford, Nears Release

Charles Manson follower convicted of attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford is set to be released from a Texas federal prison later this month after serving more than 30 years behind bars.

Ark. Mother Sells Naming Rights of Unborn Son on eBay

What's in a name? Hopefully $25,000, says an Arkansas mom who will let the highest bidder on eBay name her unborn son.