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  • Mexico's Drug Wars Leave Rising Death Toll
    More than 1,500 people have died in narcotics-related killings in Mexico this year. Dozens of people have been beheaded and tortured as cartels across Mexico fight for the lucrative drug trafficking routes into the United States.
  • House Approves Bill Imposing Voter ID Rules
    The House has approved a bill that requires all people voting in federal elections to show a photo ID in 2008 and proof of citizenship by 2010. Supporters say it's the only way to fight election fraud. Opponents say the bill would put hurdles in the way of some voters.
  • U.S. to Deploy Proven Technology on Borders
    Many companies have proposed high-tech solutions for stopping illegal immigration along U.S. borders. But the contract the Department of Homeland Security is expected to award to Boeing eschews cutting-edge systems in favor of technology that has a proven track record.
  • BT Puts Old British Phone Books Online
    BT, the former British Telecom, has put its archived telephone books dating back to 1880 online. BT partnered with the subscription-based website, Ancestry UK, to offer a searchable database that will eventually include 250 million names from throughout the United Kingdom.
  • NATO Adjusts to Fight Against Taliban
    NATO foreign ministers meet in New York to discuss alliance operations in Afghanistan. The organization took over operations in the southern part of the country from the U.S.-led military coalition this summer.
  • Experiment in Luxury Psychiatric Care Helps Teen
    In Baltimore, a psychiatric hospital is offering high-end, luxurious accommodations to teenagers with serious mental illness. The cost is $1,700 a day, and insurance isn't accepted. One teen who was treated at the facility says it changed her life.
  • California Sues Automakers over Global Warming
    The state of California is suing the six largest American and Japanese automakers for contributing to global warming. The state's attorney general filed the suit based on a "public nuisance" argument, stating that greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles have cost California billions of dollars in damages.
  • E. Coli Problem Unlikely to Kill Spinach Industry
    The spinach industry in California was booming, until an outbreak of E. coli bacteria contamination put a halt to the sale of raw spinach. But the industry does not expect the scare to permanently damage the foods popularity.
  • Kids Get the Upper Hand in Battle over Spinach
    Lynn Neary muses on the dilemma facing parents now that fresh spinach has been taken off the shelves. After all, Neary says, spinach was never an easy sell to kids.
  • Business Group Honors Tainted HP Chairwoman
    Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman Patricia Dunn says it's ironic to be honored at a time when she's facing so much professional turmoil. A week after it was announced Dunn would step down as chairwoman because of a corporate investigation scandal, she was honored by a California business group.

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