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Rise Of The Fix-It Economy

Updated: 12/30/2008 - There is plenty around the country that needs fixing, reports CBS News correspondent Hari Sreenivasan.

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2008: The Year In Technology

Updated: 12/30/2008 - No earth-shattering new technologies emerged in 2008, but it was an eventful year.

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Man Living At Mexico Airport Disappears

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Japanese man who had been living in Terminal 1 of the Benito Juarez International Airport since Sept. 2 - for no apparent reason - left under equally mysterious circumstances.

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"Terminator" Is Back, For Keeps

Updated: 12/30/2008 - An invincible robot, an invisible man, a pacifist soldier, and a group of adventurers fighting for their lives in the wilds of the American South are just some of the memorable movie characters that have been deemed worthy of preservation.

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Almost Unheard-of: Boy Scout Earns All 121 Badges

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It's an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls "an almost unheard-of feat."

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Santa Slayer Planned More Murders

Updated: 12/30/2008 - For six months, Bruce Pardo plotted a bloody attack on his ex-wife and her family. Police say he even added his mother and his ex-wife's divorce attorney to the hit list but killed himself before he could complete the task.

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Defiant Hamas Hits Israel With Rockets

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip sent a deadly barrage of missiles flying deep into Israel on Monday, demonstrating that Hamas still has firepower three days into Israel's punishing offensive against Gaza. Three Israelis were killed and two seriously wounded.

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250 Small Quakes Rattle Yellowstone

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Scientists were closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that rattled Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and into Monday.

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Dick Clark, 79, is Still Rockin' New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Four years after a stroke, Dick Clark is relishing the prospect of another New Year's Eve celebration, determined to appear for his 36th year in Times Square. And he's hardly surprised by the current state of the music industry he helped build — he predicted this, after all.

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Feds want lawmakers to hear 4 Blagojevich wiretaps

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Federal prosecutors are asking a court to allow lawmakers investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich to hear tapes of four potentially incriminating phone calls the governor had with a lobbyist.

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Thai PM says his goal is to heal political divide

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Anti-government protesters abandoned their siege of Thailand's Foreign Ministry building on Tuesday, easing a standoff that threatened to re-ignite a long-running political crisis.

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Home Prices Post 18 Percent Annual Drop in October

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Home prices dropped by the sharpest annual rate on record in October and there are no signs the housing pain is over, according to a closely watched index released Tuesday.

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Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes dim chance of truce

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Palestinian militants, armed with deadlier missiles than ever before, kept up rocket assaults against Israel on Tuesday, despite relentless air attacks against Gaza's Hamas rulers and unwelcome word from Egypt that it would not bail them out.

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Oil Dips Below $40 over World Economic Concerns

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Resurfacing concerns over the world economy sent crude prices lower Tuesday, eclipsing fears that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could inflame tensions in the oil-rich Middle East.

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Police: 'Jena Six' Teen Shoots Self, is Treated

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A teen convicted in the "Jena Six" beating case shot himself in the chest and was taken to the hospital Monday, days after his arrest on a shoplifting charge, police said.

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December Consumer Confidence Drops to All-time Low

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping unexpectedly in the face of layoffs and deteriorating markets for housing, stocks and other investments.

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Wall Street Opens Higher after GMAC Financing

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Investors nearing the end of a brutal 2008 made some modest bets Tuesday, sending stocks higher after taking some comfort in the government's decision to provide $5 billion to General Motors Corp.'s troubled financing arm.

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Lawsuit Accuses Military of Converting Afghans

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The lawsuit now includes allegations that the military doesn't take such complaints seriously enough and that soldiers try to convert Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan to Christianity.

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Missouri wins Alamo Bowl, tops Northwestern in OT

Updated: 12/30/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Chase Daniel threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in overtime and Missouri rallied to beat Northwestern 30-23 in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night.

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