News Roundup 8/4/08



Obama calls for opening of strategic oil reserve:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama reversed his opposition, and calls to tapping into strategic oil reserves as part of his plan to provide relief from high gas prices. Obama who previously said he was opposed to using the strategic reserves, said on Monday he proposed selling 70 million barrels of oil from the reserves in order to lower gas prices. Fox News

Morgan Freeman in serious condition:

Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital after being injured in a car accident near his home in Mississippi. A spokeswoman for Regional Medical Center said Freeman was in serious condition. A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman said Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima, when the car left a rural highway and flipped several times shortly before midnight Sunday. AP

CDC finds more Americans infected with HIV than previously believed:

There are more new cases of Americans infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, than previously believed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 56,000 new HIV cases in the past year, about 40 percent above projections. CNN

Madeleine McCann case files made public:

A Portuguese police file containing almost 30,000 pages of evidence from the investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann was made public today. Madeleine McCann, three, vanished May 3, 2007 during a family holiday in Praia da Luz. Times Online

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