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Homeland Security Forecasts 5-Year Terror Threats

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

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Asian Markets Mixed in Quiet Holiday Trade

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Asian markets were mixed in quiet holiday trade Friday amid new evidence that companies and consumers alike were struggling as the global economy slumps.

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Pakistan Moves Troops Toward Indian Border

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India on Friday amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said.

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Man In Santa Suit Kills 8, Self On Christmas Eve

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The bloodbath began when an 8-year-old girl attending a Christmas Eve party answered a knock at the door. A man dressed as Santa and carrying what appeared to a present pulled out a handgun and shot her in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as partygoers tried to flee.

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Stock Futures up Slightly following GMAC Lifeline

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Wall Street headed for a moderately higher open Friday, but was still cautious about embarking on a year-end rally following dreary preliminary readings on holiday spending.

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Retailers Slash Prices to Entice Holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - NEW YORK – Bargain-hunters hit the stores early Friday to take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

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Oil Rebounds From Sharp Fall In Previous Session

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Oil prices rebounded to above $36 a barrel Friday as key OPEC members were seen complying with promised output cuts, but investors were still braced for more signs that the global economic slowdown deepened in the fourth quarter.

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Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Bargain-hunters hit the stores early Friday to take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

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Oil Rebounds from Sharp Fall in Previous Session

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Oil prices rebounded to above $36 a barrel Friday as key OPEC members were seen complying with promised output cuts, but investors were still braced for more signs that the global economic slowdown deepened in the fourth quarter.

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Kennedy, in Senate Bid, Hasn't Shared Finances

Updated: 12/25/2008 - At this time last year, Caroline Kennedy was promoting "A Family Christmas," her collection of essays that featured the memory of her father letting her use the White House switchboard to call Santa.

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Obamas Spend Low-profile Christmas in Hawaii

Updated: 12/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama spent a private Christmas Day with family and close friends, continuing a vacation that has been remarkable for how low-key he and aides have kept it.

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Amateurs are Trying Genetic Engineering at Home

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

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Harold Pinter: A Master of the Sound of Silence

Updated: 12/25/2008 - No one made the sound of silence more ominously theatrical than Harold Pinter. The influential British playwright, who died Christmas Eve after a long battle with cancer, created unforgettable moments of quiet, often filled with terror, outrage or the blackest of humor.

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Toyota Recalls More Than 120,000 Cars in China

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a recall for more than 120,000 cars in China to fix a problem that could result in loss of steering control, China's quality watchdog said Thursday in the latest piece of bad news for the Japanese automaker.

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GMAC Shift Reduces Control for GM, Cerberus

Updated: 12/25/2008 - GMAC Financial Services' transition into a bank holding company should buy the troubled lender some time to turn itself around, but the cost is a loss of control for its owners General Motors Corp. and Cerberus Capital Management.

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Pope Appeals for Solidarity in Tough Economy

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting a financial crisis, conflict, and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in "authentic solidarity" to prevent global ruin.

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Eartha Kitt, Sultry Singer and Dancer, Dies at 81

Updated: 12/25/2008 - A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

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Jenkins, Sebelius Top Kan. Political Stories in 2008

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins' and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' career paths were the top political stories in Kansas in 2008. But the state ended the year with a new attorney general, state treasurer, Kansas House speaker and district attorney for its most populous county.

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Study: Video Gamers React to Extreme Body Images

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Kansas State University psychology professor Richard Harris said his research indicates a mere 15 minutes of viewing extreme body types in video games can negatively affect players' feelings about their own bodies.

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2 Die in Christmas Eve Highway Crashes

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Kansas Highway Patrol reports two fatal traffic crashes on Christmas Eve. Troopers say 22-year-old Lucas Carlson Reed of Riley died late yesterday afternoon when his vehicle went out of control, rolled several times and crashed on K-18 in Manhattan.

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Hutchinson Man Arrested in Wife's Death

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Police have arrested a 30-year-old Hutchinson man in the death of his wife early on Christmas Day. Police said officers were called to a Hutchinson home on a welfare check at 1:30 a.m. Thursday and found 30-year-old Sabrina Jones dead.

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Missing Texas Dog Found in Kansas

Updated: 12/25/2008 - How does a Texas dog end up in Kansas and then find his way back home? He had a little help from one Kansas animal lover, who made a Houston family's Christmas even better by returning him.

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Local Organizations Host Christmas Events

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Topeka Rescue Mission provided food to a local establishment so they could feed the hungry on Christmas. The Chatter Box Bar hosted a lunch for those without other Christmas plans.

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