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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.

Husband of Wrong-Way Crash Driver: She Didn't Drink

The husband of a woman who was drunk and high when she killed herself and seven others in a wrong-way crash on a New York parkway said Thursday she rarely drank and is not an alcoholic.

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.

Aussie Woman Sought in New Madeleine McCann Twist

A computerized sketch has been released of a 'Victoria Beckham lookalike' private investigators want to trace in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

'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.