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In November 2001, the Bank of New York quietly transferred nearly $8 billion of its assets -- almost 10 percent of its holdings at the time -- to a trust in the small, business-friendly state of Delaware in a critical first step in setting up a tax shelter that has cost the government more than $1 billion in revenue in the past decade.

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A couple of days after I arrived in Tucson, there came a party invitation The public was invited to the top of Mount Lemmon for a viewing of the annual Perseid showers, a breathtaking display of shooting stars While I generally brake for sand, I also hit the road for star parties.

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John McCain took the opportunity Tuesday to criticize Barack Obama for consorting with celebrities at a Democratic fund drive in Hollywood that night, but McCain had apparently forgotten about his own celeb-attended fundraiser in Beverly Hills last month. McCain supporter Wilford Brimley has yet to comment on this grievous oversight.

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Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are now personae non gratae in Rome, according to the Italian capital's new mayor, Gianni Alemanno, a former fascist who thinks American stars shouldn't be hyped at Rome's annual film festival at the expense of Italian actors and directors.

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