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Stocks pull back amid Middle East tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday as continuing violence in the Middle East and a resulting jump in oil prices reminded investors that the market could face problems beyond the recession. The collapse of a Dow Chemical Co. joint venture, meanwhile, intensified the Wall Street economic worries.

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Trying to prevent lymphedema after breast cancer

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hospitals in about a dozen states are testing whether some simple steps, such as arm-strengthening exercises, could reduce the risk of one of breast cancer's troubling legacies — the painful and sometimes severe arm swelling called lymphedema.

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Well water near Tenn. spill may be unsafe

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Some water samples near a massive spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee are showing high levels of arsenic, and state and federal officials on Monday cautioned residents who use private wells or springs to stop drinking the water.

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8 snowmobilers missing in Canadian avalanches

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches were missing Monday in western Canada's backcountry, and rescuers searching for the men faced "extreme" risk themselves from crashing snow.

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White House backs Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The White House, calling Monday for a lasting cease-fire in the Mideast, backed Israel's deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip and said the Islamic militant group ruling there had shown its "true colors as a terrorist organization."

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Search suspended for missing cruise ship passenger

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a Florida woman who authorities believe plunged from a cruise ship balcony into the waters off Mexico's coast on Christmas night.

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Reports: Ex-PM takes lead in Bangladesh vote

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Newspaper and television reports say the political alliance of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken a lead in elections aimed at restoring democracy to the troubled South Asian nation.

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Iranian group recruits volunteers to fight Israel

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A group of influential conservative Iranian clerics launched an online registration drive on Monday seeking volunteers to fight against Israel in response to its air assault on the Gaza Strip. About 3,550 people registered Monday with the Combatant Clergy Society's Web site. The weeklong online campaign gives volunteers three options on ways they can fight Israel: military, financial and propaganda.

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Scenic Pakistani valley falls to Taliban militants

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region far from the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.

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Touching Holocaust Story A Hoax

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The publication of a holocaust memoir called "Angel at the Fence" has been canceled. It was written by Herman Rosenblat, a holocaust survivor, but his story was too good to be true.

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Pakistan Tries To Defuse India Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Pakistan's army chief stressed Monday the need to avoid conflict with India, days after he ordered troops toward the rivals' shared border amid tensions following last month's terror attacks on Mumbai.

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White House backs Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The White House, calling Monday for a lasting cease-fire in the Mideast, backed Israel's deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip and said the Islamic militant group ruling there had shown its "true colors as a terrorist organization."

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Flooding the latest weather threat in Midwest

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Utilities in Michigan scrambled Monday to restore power knocked out by a gusty weekend storm as rain and melting snow caused flooding there and in other parts of the Midwest. About 177,000 customers were without electricity in Michigan, down from more than 400,000 on Sunday, according to the state's utilities. Some could remain without power until Wednesday because of Sunday's storm, which carried winds gusting more than 60 mph.

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Oldest man in the US dies in Sacramento at 112

Updated: 12/29/2008 - George Francis, the nation's oldest man, who lived through both world wars, man's first walk on the moon and the election of the first black president, has died. He was 112.

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8 snowmobilers missing in Canadian avalanches

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches were missing Monday in western Canada's backcountry, and rescuers searching for the men faced "extreme" risk themselves from crashing snow.

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Underground explosion rocks Savannah's downtown

Updated: 12/29/2008 - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several stores and restaurants, many of which were without power. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

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White House backs Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The White House, calling Monday for a lasting cease-fire in the Mideast, backed Israel's deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip and said the Islamic militant group ruling there had shown its "true colors as a terrorist organization."

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Hard to hear at holiday parties? Blame your brain

Updated: 12/29/2008 - It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?" Huh? Too noisy to hear! But wait — how come these younger people understood what she said? What's wrong with your ears?

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Rate on 6-month Treasury bills hits record low

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The interest rate on six-month U.S. Treasury bills dropped to its lowest level on record at the weekly Treasury auction, the government said Monday.

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Postal Service lifts curtain on next year's stamps

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck.

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Dow Chemical may seek lower price for Rohm & Haas

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The collapse of a joint venture with a state-owned Kuwaiti company may make Dow Chemical less willing to pay the $15.3 billion pricetag for Rohm & Haas it initially agreed to last summer as energy prices peaked.

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