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Insurgents attack Somali presidential palace

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Islamic insurgents attacked Somalia's presidential palace and five civilians were killed Wednesday, underscoring fears the country could collapse into further chaos only a day after Ethiopian troops handed over security duties to a Somali force.

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Sri Lanka military seizes key northern peninsula

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Government forces have seized a final strip of land from Tamil Tiger rebels in a key northern peninsula of Sri Lanka, securing control of the symbolic heart of the 25-year separatist insurgency, the military said.

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Long-Time Figure in Senate Retires

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Senate chamber rose to its feet for Sue Krische. She retired last week after serving 23 years as the Senate president's chief of staff.

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Basra is focus of Shiite rivalry in southern Iraq

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Freed last year from the grip of militias, Basra has emerged as the main battleground for rival Shiites in elections for control of the oil-rich south - a race that will test the power of religious parties and the influence of neighboring Iran.

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Police nab Mafia fugitive who fled through sewer

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A Mafia fugitive who narrowly eluded arrest this week by fleeing though a small town's sewer system was captured Wednesday as he scrambled across a rooftop in another daring escape bid, police said.

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Boost Mobile Offering $50 Unlimited Plan

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Boost Mobile, a subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp., announced Wednesday a $50 unlimited voice and data plan. It doesn't require an annual contract and isn't tied to a home calling area.

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China economy grew to world's 3rd largest in 2007

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China's economy grew to the world's third-largest in 2007, new data showed Wednesday, another milestone in the country's stunning ascent in the global pecking order that puts it behind only Japan and the United States.

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Vatican secret confession tribunal opens up

Updated: 01/14/2009 - One of the Vatican's most secrecy shrouded tribunals, which handles confessions of sins so grave only the pope can grant absolution, is giving the faithful a peek into its workings for the first time in its 830-year history.

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Pakistan reopens NATO supply route

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Pakistan reopened a supply route for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Wednesday after tribesmen ended a three-day blockade.

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Insurgents attack Somali presidential palace

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Islamic insurgents attacked Somalia's presidential palace and five civilians were killed Wednesday, underscoring fears the country could collapse into further chaos only a day after Ethiopian troops handed over security duties to a Somali force.

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10-day truce proposed in talks with Hamas, Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Egypt and Hamas are close to a deal for a 10-day cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group in Gaza, where the death toll from the Israeli offensive exceeded 1,000, officials said Wednesday.

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Bin Laden urges jihad against Israel over Gaza

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel, seeking to harness anger over the Gaza offensive with a new message posted on the Internet on Wednesday.

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First Gaza damage estimate: $1.4 billion

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Israel's fierce assault on Gaza's Hamas rulers has destroyed at least $1.4 billion worth of buildings, roads, pipes, power lines and other infrastructure in already impoverished territory, Palestinian surveyors estimate.

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10-day truce proposed in talks with Hamas, Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Egypt and Hamas are close to a deal for a 10-day cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group in Gaza, where the death toll from the Israeli offensive exceeded 1,000, officials said Wednesday.

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Ex-cop charged with murder in Calif. shooting

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A former transit police officer has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of an unarmed and allegedly restrained black man in a racially charged case that has outraged residents and community leaders and set off violent protests.

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New Ill. Senate take steps toward governor's trial

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Hours after impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich convened a new Illinois Senate and urged lawmakers to "find the truth," senators took the first steps Wednesday toward a trial to determine whether the governor is ousted from office for corruption and abuse of power.

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Government makes decision on gray wolf protection

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Bush administration on Wednesday announced plans to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains regions from the federal endangered species list.

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Man charged with strangling ex-girlfriend, 4 kids

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A community college student who was strangled along with her four young children had just broken off her relationship with the burly ex-convict now accused of the slayings, the woman's mother said Wednesday.

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No credible terror threats seen for Super Bowl

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A U.S. intelligence report says there is no credible threat of terrorist attacks at the Feb. 1 Super Bowl, but police said Wednesday that visitors should still expect the type of heavy security typical of every Super Bowl since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Ex-investment officer claims NM wasted $90 million

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A former investment officer for the state's educational pension program claims New Mexico taxpayers lost more than $90 million in an alleged "pay-to-play" scheme in which political contributions to Gov. Bill Richardson influenced the awarding of investment business.

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NY Senate poll favors Cuomo, but gov doesn't care

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Media buzz and a new poll make the selection of New York's next U.S. senator look like a race between Democratic titans named Cuomo and Kennedy, but the one New Yorker who will make the decision disagrees.

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