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Blue skies for Beijing ahead of the Olympics

Updated: August 1, 2008, 4:26 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- There was a rare color in the skies over Beijing on Friday -- blue.

One week before the start of the Summer Olympics, the usual dull, grayish hues gave way to swirling clouds and sunlit blue.

The host city's polluted air has been among the biggest worries for Olympic organizers, prompting drastic measures including pulling half the city's 3.3 million vehicles off the roads, halting most construction and closing scores of factories in the capital and surrounding provinces.

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