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Pools Could Close if Drain Covers Aren't Fixed

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Unless new anti-drowning drain covers are installed, tens of thousands of public swimming pools and hot tubs could be forced to close Saturday under a sweeping law designed to prevent drain suction from trapping children under water.

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Cruise Takes Risk in Nazi Film

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A Nazi-filled Christmas is not an easy sell. That's just one of the challenges Tom Cruise faces with his new World War II thriller "Valkyrie," which opens Dec. 25. In the film, which portrays the seldom-recalled German resistance to Adolf Hitler, Cruise plays would-be Hitler assassin Col. Claus von Stauffenberg.

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Scientists: Land Ice Melting

Updated: 12/16/2008 - More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming.

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Kerry: Pakistan Sincere in Terror Efforts

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Pakistan appears "sincere" in its effort to crack down on a militant group blamed for the Mumbai terrorist attack and has arrested more suspects, Sen. John Kerry said Tuesday.

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White House Still Working on Auto Fix

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The White House said Tuesday it was still evaluating options for a bailout of distressed U.S. automakers and suggested any deal requiring taxpayer money would require major concessions by all sides.

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Money Manager Accused of Scamming

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The money manager accused of duping investors in one of Wall Street's biggest Ponzi schemes once boasted to the Securities and Exchange Commission about how much money he earned and formally advised the U.S. government on ways to protect investors from scam artists. Now Bernard Madoff is accused of being one.

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Federal Grand Jury Investigates Richardson

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A federal grand jury is investigating a California firm that contributed heavily to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's political activities.

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Two Cancer Treatments Provide Help

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Treating advanced prostate cancer with radiation and hormone-blocking drugs cut the death rate in half in a study of Scandinavian men, researchers report. In the United States, the combination has been standard care since the 1990s. But in Europe, many doctors have avoided the combo treatment and used hormone drugs alone, thinking the pair would be too harsh for most patients.

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Quaid Family Settles with Hospital

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Documents show Dennis Quaid and his wife have agreed to a a $750,000 settlement with a hospital that gave his newborn twins an overdose of blood thinner. A petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday shows the Quaids and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have agreed on the parents' damages, but can still pursue claims for their children.

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Microsoft Issues Emergency Fix For Internet Explorer

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Microsoft Corp. is taking the unusual step of issuing an emergency fix for a security hole in its Internet Explorer software that has exposed millions of users to having their computers taken over by hackers.

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A-List Actors Oppose SAG Strike

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Delivering a rebuke to the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild, more than 130 actors signed a letter urging their colleagues to reject a strike-authorization vote in January.

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Japanese Toilet-Maker To Repair Bidets

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A Japanese toilet-maker pledged Tuesday to repair nearly 82,000 electric bidets after several units overheated and emitted smoke.

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Grandmother Held Captive 26 Hours

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A suburban San Diego grandmother who was bound and held captive in her own car for 26 hours said she prayed to God and her dead husband to either save her or let her die.

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Man Robbed of Eggbeater

Updated: 12/16/2008 - It really must have been a special item. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, two men entered a man's home early Sunday and demanded his eggbeater. One suspect was holding a pistol while the other brandished a knife to the resident's neck.

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"Columbo" Falk Has Alzheimer's Disease

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A court document filed by Peter Falk's daughter says the Emmy-winning actor is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Catherine Falk is seeking a court's approval for a conservatorship of her 81-year-old father, who she claims no longer recognizes people. A hearing has been scheduled for late January.

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Iraqi Shoe Thrower To Appear Before Judge

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush was expected to appear before a judge Wednesday in a first step of a complex legal process that could end in a criminal trial, a government official and the reporter's brother said.

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Police Find TNT in Paris

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Police acting on a warning Tuesday found a bundle of dynamite inside a Paris department store at the height of the Christmas season, and a group demanding that France withdraw from Afghanistan claimed responsibility.

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Kansas Guard Foundation to get $15,000 Gift

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Kansas National Guard Foundation will receive a $15,000 donation on Wednesday from a health care alliance that serves 21 western states.

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Obama Chooses Education Secretary

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary Tuesday and declared that failing to improve classroom instruction is "morally unacceptable for our children."

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Blagojevich Impeachment Inquiry Begins

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Illinois lawmakers launched an unprecedented impeachment inquiry Tuesday against embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who showed no sign of going down without a fight.

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Wall Street Jumps After Interest Rate Cut

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A surprised Wall Street jumped at the Federal Reserve's historic decision to slash its target for a key interest to a record-low range and took comfort from the central bank's pledge to use "all available tools" to jump-start the economy.

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First Successful Face Implant

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Cleveland Clinic will announce Wednesday the successful completion of a near-total face transplant surgery, a clinic spokeswoman told CNN on Tuesday.

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Jim Carry a "Weird, Serious Person"

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Jim Carrey has been making audiences laugh for years, but the star says he's really a "a weird, serious person." Jim Carrey is a star on the big screen, but he says he would love to do a play on Broadway.

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