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Israel Moves Forward and Sends More Troops to Gaza

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel sent more troops to the Gaza border Wednesday, rapidly moving forward with preparations for a possible ground offensive as the next stage of its military assault on the coastal territory's Hamas rulers. Israel rebuffed calls by world leaders for a truce, and Hamas was cold to a cease-fire.

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Sebelius Dissolves Energy Council

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council. The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

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3 GOP Hopefuls for Moran's Seat

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three candidates are now running for the Republican nomination in 2010 in the 1st Congressional District of western Kansas.

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Gazprom: Russia to cut gas supplies to Ukraine

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said it will cut off all gas supplies to Ukraine on Thursday morning after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on how much Ukraine will pay in 2009.

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Jobless claims data paint bleak picture for 2009

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The number of laid-off workers continuing to draw unemployment benefits bolted to 4.5 million in late December, and even more Americans are expected to join the ranks of the jobless in 2009.

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Madoff lawyer says client will provide asset list

Updated: 12/31/2008 - An attorney for Bernard Madoff said the disgraced Wall Street money manager would give the Securities and Exchange Commission a list of his personal assets by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday to comply with a court order. The list will provide an account of property that could eventually be tapped to make restitution to victims of what authorities say was a massive Ponzi scheme.

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GMAC bondholders agree to swap $21.2B in debt

Updated: 12/31/2008 - GMAC Financial Services said Wednesday that bondholders representing $21.2 billion of its debt have agreed to the terms of a debt-for-equity swap that was designed to help it raise enough capital to qualify for much-needed federal aid.

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Treasury lays out details for auto aid

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The Treasury Department says it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether other companies connected to the struggling automotive industry should be provided emergency aid from the government's $700 billion bailout pot.

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Stocks extend advance in year's final session

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Wall Street has had a merciful end to a dreadful year as stocks closed the last session of 2008 with a moderate advance. The Dow Jones industrials are up 109 points at 8,778 - but have plunged nearly 34 percent over the course of the year.

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US deaths down in Iraq in 2008, up in Afghanistan

Updated: 12/31/2008 - U.S. military deaths in Iraq plunged by two-thirds in 2008 from the previous year, a reflection of the improving security following the U.S. military's counterinsurgency campaign and al-Qaida's slow retreat from the battlefield.

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Volunteer suicide bombers seek to attack Israel

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hard-line Iranian student groups have asked the government to authorize volunteers to go carry out suicide bombings in Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

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Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel's bruising war on the Islamic militants who control Gaza has moved online, where sites like YouTube and Facebook are the new battlegrounds.

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Israel rejects truce call, pursues bombing Gaza

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel resisted mounting international pressure Wednesday to suspend its devastating air offensive against militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza, sending more troops and tanks to the border as signs of an impending ground invasion multiplied. A long column of tanks and other army vehicles, two and three abreast, was strung out along an access road to Gaza. Dozens of tanks were parked in a rain-sodden field on the frontier.

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54 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Rescue workers say at least 54 New Year's revelers have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in the Thai capital.

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Finally: Decision time for a deeply divided USA

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Rarely has an election been so anticipated. Rarely has a campaign gone on for so long and offered so many plot twists. And never in a generation have Americans and their talking heads expressed such certainty, such passion that the next president can change the national game so fundamentally and so entirely.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Updated: 12/31/2008 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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Shhh! Gadget racket threatens pulsar research

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Of all the threats to scientific research Wesley Sizemore has stymied over the years, satellites and cell phone towers don't stick in his memory quite like the possessive old hound and its treasured heating pad.

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