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Saudi Arabia to donate $1 billion to rebuild Gaza

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Saudi king said Monday his country will donate $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after the devastating Israeli offensive and told Israel that an Arab initiative offering peace will not remain on the table forever.

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Obama Visits With Troops, Honors King on Holiday

Updated: 01/19/2009 - With history intersecting the transfer of power, large crowds thronged to the capital Monday, on the eve of Barack Obama's elevation to the presidency as America honored slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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European Markets Down as Banking Stocks Plummet

Updated: 01/19/2009 - European stock markets declined Monday with banks in free fall as investors fretted over a second British government bailout of the sector in just over three months. Royal Bank of Scotland shares fell 60 percent after it announced massive losses.

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Bush Making Calls to World Leaders

Updated: 01/19/2009 - On the day before leaving office, President George W. Bush talked by phone to a number of world leaders he has worked with during the past eight years.

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Reports: Billionaire Could Boost Stake in NY Times

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The New York Times Co. is in talks with billionaire Carlos Slim Helu about a possible investment of hundreds of millions of dollars that could help the newspaper publisher to meet debt payments, according to published reports.

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Gitmo War Court Back For What May Be Last Session

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Military judges in a Guantanamo war crimes court were pressing forward Monday with hearings for five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks and a Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier.

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Science Vs. Emotion In NJ's River Dolphins Debate

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Federal wildlife officials are convinced science is on their side in the decision to leave a family of bottlenose dolphins in a frigid New Jersey river over the winter, even if it means letting them die.

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Plane's Recorders Support Hero Pilot's Story

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The black boxes recovered from the US Airways jetliner that safely splashed down in the Hudson River last week captured thumping sounds, the sudden loss of engine power and the pilot's calm mayday request, evidence that seems to back up the crew's account of hitting a flock of birds shortly after take off.

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Technology to Stop Cell Phone Use in Cars Isn't Perfect

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Many parents would love to be able to give their teenagers a cell phone that couldn't be used while driving. Now some inventors say they have come up with ways to make that possible, but they appear to be relying on wishful thinking.

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Obama Honors King on Final Pre-presidency Day

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Fresh off a rollicking celebration in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln, President-elect Barack Obama is shaping the final day of his pre-presidential life around another giant figure, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Iraqi Shoe Thrower To Seek Swiss Asylum: Lawyer

Updated: 01/19/2009 - A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday his client will seek political asylum in Switzerland.

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Future Of Abstinence-Only Funding Is In Limbo

Updated: 01/19/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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Oil Falls to Near $36 ahead of Busy Earnings Week

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Oil prices fell to near $36 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors eyed a slew of U.S. corporate earnings this week for signs of weakening consumer demand amid the worst recession in decades.

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Saudi Arabia Pledges $1 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

Updated: 01/19/2009 - The Saudi king says his country will donate $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after Israel's devastating three-week offensive in the Palestinian territory.

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Israel To Pull Out Of Gaza By Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/19/2009 - Israel plans to pull all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip by the time President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated Tuesday, but only if Hamas militants hold their fire, Israeli officials said.

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Hospital Expansion Opens to the Public

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Hundreds of people crammed their way into the Geary Community Hospital today for an open house. The hospital showed off its new expansion, which will open officially in two weeks. In 2006 residents of Geary County voted for the $34 million bond referendum that funded the project.

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Senate Republicans block delay in TV transition

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a bill that would have delayed next month's nationwide shutdown of analog TV signals until June 12, but Democrats vowed to bring the measure back for a vote next week.

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As challenges mount, ardor for Obama cools abroad

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Barack Obama got a global standing ovation long before he was elected president. But in a fickle and fast-moving world, the overseas reviews are already turning mixed.

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Financial burden of homeownership spread unequally

Updated: 01/18/2009 - When it comes to homeownership, Hispanics in New Jersey, single parents in California and senior citizens in Rhode Island all have something in common: More than a third have an unaffordable mortgage.

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Obama dominates 'King Sunday' at black churches

Updated: 01/18/2009 - The third Sunday in January, known as "King Sunday" in Atlanta after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., easily could've been called "Obama Sunday" this year.

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Obamas, Bidens enjoy Lincoln Memorial concert

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln's statue, Bruce Springsteen and a red-robed gospel choir kicked off a spirited preinaugural concert Sunday before tens of thousands on the National Mall.

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Future of abstinence-only funding is in limbo

Updated: 01/18/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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