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Problem getting page with CURL and PHP

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I had written some PHP code to periodically scrape a URL and it was working fine. Then the site must have changed something and now it doesn't work. It works fine through FireFox but I get a 400 Bad Request through CURL. It seems like I've tried every curl_opt setting with no success. I'm thinking if I can just send the exact same Request headers as Firefox I should be fine. But how to do that?
CURL seems to add a few extra items without my telling it to.
Lately I've been setting my own header with pretty much the same items as Firefox like this:
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$header = array("Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8", "Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5",
"Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7", "Keep-Alive: 300", "Connection: keep-alive", "Cache-Control: max-age=0", "Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate");
curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER,$header);
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***The working FireFox header is basically this:
Host: www.example.com
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042316 Firefox/3.0.10 GTB7.0 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Cookie: noscript=1; userid=1550521915; xsession=d9c73c024e99af04581a30521d3558ba; datrval=1276442132-05e4a9265e4ac217a93748a73720f4becd56decd0c7d576d04eb8
Cache-Control: max-age=0
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There is a login that I run through curl before my request for the page I want to scrape and some of those cookies get there. But I'm pretty confident that the user and session cookies are not the problem. When I look at the header returned by curl_getinfo I see a few differences and figure one of these is the problem.
*** The non working CURL header I am sending is this:
POST /datadirectory/viewinfo.php HTTP/1.0
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042316 Firefox/3.0.10 GTB7.0
(.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Host: www.example.com
Cookie: xsession=d9c73c024e99af04581a30521d3558ba; userid=1550521915; noscript=1; datrval=1276442132-05e4a9265e4ac217a93748a73720f4becd56decd0c7d576d04eb8
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Cache-Control: max-age=0
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Content-Length: 0
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

The differences that I think may be it are:
*** POST /datadirectory/viewinfo.php -- Huh? Why does CURL send this as post? The site along with this is the url I want. http://www.example.com/datadirectory/viewinfo.php

*** Content-Length: 0 -- Why am I sending it Content-Length: 0? I'd like to just leave this out since Firefox doesn't send it. But CURL is automatically adding it. Maybe that is saying the POST data length is 0?

*** Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate. I set this manually in the CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER but if I leave it out I still have the problem.

*** I tried with setting curl to HTTP 1.0 and HTTP 1.1, neither made a difference.

Any ideas??
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