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Oscar 3453 is 'Born' in Chicago Factory

Updated: 01/26/2009 - One of the biggest stars of this year's Academy Awards was born on Chicago's northwest side, brought into the world by Martin Vega and prepped for his big close-up by Eladio Gonzalez.

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UN's role in Gaza rises among the rubble

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Crouching against piled mattresses in a room crammed with refugees, Bissan Abu al-Eish focused on her homework, blocking out the relentless shrieks of dozens of toddlers and the stench of overflowing latrines.

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Job-killing recession racks up more layoff victims

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The recession is killing jobs at an alarming pace, with tens of thousands of new layoffs announced Monday by some of the biggest names in American business — Pfizer, Caterpillar and Home Depot.

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Iraqi prime minister expects faster US pullout

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Iraq's prime minister said Monday he believes the U.S. will withdraw its troops more quickly than the three-year timeline set down in a U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The U.S., meanwhile, suffered its biggest single loss of life in months when two helicopters crashed, killing four service members.

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USD 434 Battles Budget

Updated: 01/26/2009 - USD 434 is facing declining enrollment at the same time as the legislature is looking at cutting the education budget. During their Board Meeting several parents listened in as they discussed their options.

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Verizon Offers $250 In-Home Cell Phone Booster

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Verizon Wireless has started selling a book-sized device that boosts cell phone signals within a home for $250, making it easier for people to drop a home phone line and rely solely on wireless.

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Carter: If no Palestine, Israel sees 'catastrophe'

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that Israel will face a "catastrophe" unless it revives the Mideast peace process and establishes an independent Palestinian state.

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Gene Roddenberry, wife to spend eternity in space

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

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Iceland's Government Topples Amid Financial Mess

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Iceland's coalition government collapsed on Monday after an unprecedented wave of public dissent, plunging the island nation into political turmoil as it seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by the global financial crisis.

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Kansas Bill Would Ban Lighter Sales to Minors

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, wants to ban sales of cigarette lighters to minors and require retailers to keep lighters behind their counters, just as they do with cigarettes.

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House Dems May Drop Contraceptive Spending

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Democratic officials say House leaders are seriously considering deleting family planning funds for the low-income from an economic stimulus bill headed for a vote later in the week.

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Green Car Rules Give Auto Industry a New Challenge

Updated: 01/26/2009 - President Barack Obama wants automakers to make greener cars at a time when General Motors and Chrysler are hanging by the thread of a massive government loan and auto sales have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than two decades.

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Senate OKs 4-Month Delay to Digital TV Changeover

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 — setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.

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Streep, Penn Win Top SAG Awards For Film

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Meryl Streep of the Roman Catholic drama "Doubt" and Sean Penn of the Harvey Milk film biography "Milk" won lead-acting honors Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Israel To Fight Any War Crimes Charges

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Special legal teams will defend Israeli soldiers against potential war crimes charges stemming from civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister said Sunday, promising the country would fully back those who fought in the three-week offensive.

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Gunshots Fired Near U.S. Embassy In Yemen

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Gunmen in a car exchanged fire Monday with police at a checkpoint near the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital, an Interior Ministry official said, hours after the embassy received threats of a possible attack.

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Pfizer Will Pay $68B For Wyeth

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Pfizer Inc. is buying rival drugmaker Wyeth in a $68 billion deal that will increase its revenue by 50 percent, solidify its No. 1 rank in the troubled industry and transform it from a pure pharmaceutical company into a diversified health care giant.

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FBI Sting Nabs Janitor Selling Nuke Parts

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A former janitor caught in an FBI sting operation trying to sell hardware from a shuttered atomic weapons uranium enrichment plant agreed to a plea deal Monday that carries a six-year prison sentence.

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Coach Pleads Not Guilty In Player's Death

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A Kentucky high school football coach on Monday pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a 15-year-old player who collapsed while running sprints at a sweltering August practice.

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Octuplets Born Outside Los Angeles

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A woman has given birth to eight babies in a hospital south of Los Angeles, the world's second live-born set of octuplets.

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Senate: Delay Digital TV Transition

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12.

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Utility Bill Unpaid, Senior Froze To Death

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said.

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