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  • Army's Official Iraq War Report Cites Poor Planning
    A U.S. Army report criticizes the planning and aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Army's official history of the war says the biggest single blunder was Gen. Tommy Franks' decision to send the leaders of the Baghdad invasion into Kuwait and put a less experienced officer and less well-resourced team in its place.
  • Update on Marines' Prosecution in Haditha Killings
    The deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians more than two years ago led to the high-profile court-martial of eight Marines accused of violating the rules of engagement. The case against the highest-ranking officer charged in the killings was dismissed last week, which the prosecution plans to appeal.
  • Spain Celebrates First Euro Win in 44 Years
    Spain's soccer team beat Germany 1-0 to win the Euro 2008 championship. It's the team's first major title in more than 40 years.
  • Rural Residents Struggle with High Gas Tab
    How much you're feeling the sting of high gas prices depends in large part on where you live. The people taking the biggest hit live in rural areas where driving long distances is usually unavoidable.
  • Victims, Mining Industry Await Utah Cave-In Report
    Federal regulators are putting the final touches on a comprehensive report about last year's deadly coal mine collapse. As Congress considers tough new safety standards for the mining industry, survivors of the cave-in and victims' families are suing the coal company and the mine's operator.
  • World Food Program Expands N. Korea Operations
    The World Food Program announced a major expansion of its operations in North Korea on Monday. North Korea is letting the WFP expand its staff there sixfold — a rare opening of the communist nation to foreign observers.
  • Woman's Firing Marks Special Counsel's Troubles
    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is responsible for investigating complaints from government employees. But consistent criticism of how the agency does business led to a federal investigation of Scott Bloch, the head of the office. Benetta Mansfield is among employees whose complaints were rejected by the office.
  • Luxuries Dealer Sues eBay over Knockoffs
    A court in Paris ordered online auction site eBay to pay $61 million to luxury goods maker LVMH for allowing the sale of fake merchandise. LVMH, the world's biggest owner of luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton and Dior, says at one point, 90 percent of Vuitton and Dior-labeled itmes on eBay were counterfeit.
  • World Petroleum Congress Tackles High Cost of Oil
    The annual World Petroleum Congress is under way in Madrid, Spain. And while the Saudis and other OPEC oil ministers are among those registered for the conference, they are not expected to offer any solutions for soaring prices, now more than $141 a barrel.
  • Microsoft Stops Selling Windows XP, Touts Vista
    In a push to sell more of its new Windows Vista software, Microsoft said it plans to stop shipping copies of Windows XP. Lance Ulanoff, PC Magazine's editor in chief, talks about what this means for consumers who use Windows software.

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