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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's re-elec­tion cam­paign has can­celed or post­poned a se­ries of fundrais­ers as ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tinue over the nation's debt limit.

Obama post­poned fundrais­ers in Cal­i­for­nia and Wash­ing­ton state in re­cent weeks, along with an event at the New York home of film mogul Harvey We­in­stein. On Mon­day, Obama skipped two Wash­ing­ton fundrais­ers to con­tinue dis­cus­sions over the Aug. 2 dead­line to raise the gov­ern­ment's bor­row­ing limit. Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden was at­tend­ing one of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee events. The other event was can­celed.


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Re­gional Com­mis­sion has ap­proved a 30-year plan to spend more than $60 bil­lion on trans­porta­tion projects across the metro Atlanta area.

The ap­proval on Wednes- day of the $60.9 bil­lion Plan 2040 pro­ject was an up­date to a trans­porta­tion list that was last ap­proved by the com­mis­sion in 2007. It is not re­lated to the list be­ing drawn up for a sales tax ref­er­en­dum next year.

It calls for spend­ing bil­lions of lo­cal, state and fed­eral dol­lars on road widen­ing projects and mass transit.


OSLO, Nor­way — The anti-Mus­lim ex­trem­ist who con­fessed to a bomb­ing and youth camp mas­sacre that killed 77 peo­ple in Nor­way has told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he also con­sid­ered at­tack­ing other tar­gets linked to the gov­ern­ment or the prime min­is­ter's La­bor Party, po­lice said Satur­day.

Dur­ing a 10-hour ques­tion­ing session on Fri­day, An­ders Behring Breivik asked in­ter­roga­tors how many peo­ple he had killed in the July 22 at­tacks, and "showed no emo­tion" when they told him, po­lice at­tor­ney Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told re­porters in Oslo.


NEW YORK — The world's largest re­tailer on Tues­day started stream­ing many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a sec­ond bid for a share of pop­u­lar movie rental and stream­ing web­site Net­flix Inc.'s busi­ness and just two weeks af­ter Net­flix an­nounced new price in­creases.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. bought video-stream­ing ser­vice Vudu. com 18 months ago and now of­fers 20,000 ti­tles that can be viewed on al­most any de­vice with In­ter­net ac­cess, from com­put­ers to tele­vi­sions to Sony's PlayS­ta­tion3 and other Blu-Ray disc play­ers.


TREN­TON, N.J. (AP) — New Jer­sey's ex­pected pullout from a 10-state pact to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions is among the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in a na­tion­wide dis­pute over whether cap-and-trade pro­grams work and what lim­i­ta­tions states should place on en­ergy pro­duc­ers to curb the heat-trap­ping gases blamed for global warm­ing.

In New Jer­sey and else­where, the out­come of the dis­pute could af­fect ev­ery­one — from the qual­ity of air in their com­mu­ni­ties to the price they pay to heat and light their homes and busi­nesses.

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