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Dick Clark, 79, is still rockin' New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/30/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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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Toll express lanes ease traffic on urban highways

Updated: 12/30/2008 - MIAMI (AP) -- Attorney David Kubiliun is a typical South Floridian: He lives in a suburb, works in downtown Miami and spends several hours a week sitting in maddening traffic on Interstate 95.

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Japan auto sales plunge as young lose interest

Updated: 12/30/2008 - TOKYO (AP) -- To get around the city, Yutaka Makino hops on his skateboard or rides commuter trains. Does he dream of the day when he has his own car? Not a chance.

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Bonuses, elite rep help boost Marine numbers

Updated: 12/30/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buoyed by more recruiters, bigger bonuses and an elite reputation, the Marine Corps has grown by nearly 27,000 members in a little more than two years - half the time that military officials believed it would take.

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Police: Santa gunman planned to kill more than 9

Updated: 12/30/2008 - COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- The man who killed nine people at his former in-law's Christmas party while dressed as Santa Claus had plotted the attack several months ago and his hit list was longer than first thought.

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Chinese dairies to compensate sickened babies

Updated: 12/30/2008 - BEIJING (AP) -- The companies whose tainted milk products sickened nearly 300,000 children and were blamed in the deaths of six will likely pay 1.1 billion yuan ($160 million) in compensation to victims' families, a state-run newspaper said Tuesday.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan closed the main route used to ferry supplies to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday after launching a fresh offensive against militants in the area.

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Gaza Rockets Persist Despite Israeli Onslaught

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

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Scientists Eye Unusual Swarm Of Yellowstone Quakes

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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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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Israeli Warplanes Slam Hamas Government Compound

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Israeli aircraft kept up a relentless string of attacks on Hamas-ruled Gaza on Tuesday, smashing a government complex, security installations and the home of a top militant commander as thousands of Israeli ground troops, backed by tanks and artillery, massed along the border and waited for a signal to attack.

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Boys Shave Heads in Support of Classmate

Updated: 01/28/2009 - A Washburn Rural Middle School student who has started a community effort to help one of his seriously ill classmates, finally met the family he's helping out. Drake Herrman was introduced to his classmate Jessica Seidel's father, David, and little brother, Jordan on Monday.

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Oil Ends Above $40 as Middle East Fighting Rages

Updated: 12/29/2008 - NIS Jugopetrol oil refinery in Pancevo, Serbia, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Russia and Serbia on Wednesday … HOUSTON – Crude prices rose above $40 a barrel Monday as Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged rocket fire and the death toll mounted in the oil-rich region.

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GMAC Receives $5B in Bailout Funds

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Treasury Department said Monday that it will provide $5 billion to GMAC Financial Services LLC, the ailing financing arm of General Motors Corp., from the $700 billion bank rescue program.

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Bad Recycling: Pay Stub Used as Bank Robbery Note

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The robber's threatening note made a Chicago bank job easy to solve: The FBI says the suspect wrote it on his pay stub. An FBI affidavit said the man walked into a Fifth Third Bank on Friday and handed a teller a note that read "Be Quick Be Quit (sic). Give your cash or I'll shoot."

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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 Wall Street's economic worries.

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Scientists Eye Unusual Swarm of Yellowstone Quakes

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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Study: Obesity Surgery Reverses Diabetes in Teens

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Obesity surgery can reverse diabetes in teens, just as it does in adults, according to a small study. All but one of the 11 extremely obese teens studied saw their diabetes disappear within a year after weight-loss surgery, the researchers reported.

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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?"

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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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