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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will visit the West Bank as part of his swing through the Middle East next week, a Palestinian official said Monday. Likely GOP opponent John McCain passed on meeting the Palestinians during a recent visit to Israel. Obama will also travel to Iraq and Afghanistan.

At a White House press conference Monday, President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, but Congress must still lift its own ban before drilling can proceed.

Anheuser-Busch accepted a sweetened $52 billion takeover offer Sunday from Belgian brewer InBev SA. The deal creates the world's largest brewery and fourth-largest consumer products company.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Sunday that it is opening a probe to prevent the spread of false information to investors about public companies in the marketplace.

Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told delegates at the group's convention in Cincinnati Sunday that if Barack Obama is elected as the nation's first black president, it won't signal an end to racial discrimination, but would "mark the high point of an interracial movement" that dates to the 1800s.


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