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China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Last Updated: 9:54am BST 08/08/2007 The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if...
Google Maps redraw the realm of privacy As street-level photos are added to the site, fears of intrusion arise. By Alex Pham and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers August 7, 2007 Google Inc. has been watching you, Southern California. A caravan of cars and trucks mounted with...
Mayhem ends, ball in hands of Mets fan Demian Bulwa and Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writers Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Once again, the polite disagreement over who exactly is the rightful owner of one of Mr. Bonds' baseballs produced blood, bruises and bedlam. Somebody...
Search engine revs up to look for billions of names August 7, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA -- A US Web firm is preparing to launch an ambitious Internet search engine that it hopes will eventually track down the names of the world's 6 billion people. Spock.com says that it has...
Court denies test drugs to dying patients Terminally ill people do not have the right to get unapproved, potentially lifesaving treatments, an appeals panel rules. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 8, 2007 WASHINGTON -- People who are dying do not have...
More black women consider 'dating out' By Dionne Walker, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — For years, Toinetta Jones played the dating game by her mom's strict rule. "Mom always told me, 'Don't you ever bring a white man home,'" recalled Jones, echoing an edict issued by many...
Geoff Oldfather: English-speaker says landlord's message is clear Tom McKenna is a longtime Stuart businessman who speaks only English. He says that's why he's being kicked out of the storefront on South Dixie Highway where he has run Seacoast Water Care for seven years. "I don'...
Firefighters forced to join in 'Gay Pride' parade File lawsuit against city after enduring 3 hours of lewd remarks, gestures -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 7, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's Note: WARNING – Some...
Ron Paul's Earmarks Texas Congressman Ron Paul -- libertarian gadfly and current Republican Presidential hopeful -- has made a name for himself as a critic of overspending. But it seems even he can't resist the political allure of earmarks. After reporters started asking...