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Nokia device to challenge RIM and Apple next year

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Nokia Corp., the world's largest maker of cell phones, is launching a new phone next year that is designed to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd. BlackBerrys at the high end of the market.

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Russia to send warship through Panama Canal

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Russia said Wednesday it is sending a warship through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II, a short journey loaded with symbolic weight: the destroyer will dock at a former U.S. naval base, showcasing Russia's growing influence in the region.

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RI man bags mutant, 4-clawed lady lobster

Posted: 12/03/2008 - A lady lobster with four claws was pulled from the deep this week in the waters off Newport. With a large crusher claw and three pincher claws - instead of the usual one - the crustacean was unlike anything 39-year-old lobsterman Patrick Marks had ever seen in his 14 years catching the creatures.

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Signs mount of deepening recession

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The latest evidence of a deepening recession that's already the longest in a quarter-century came Wednesday in a pair of reports that found little relief in sight.

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US buys aircraft, technology for Mexican drug war

Posted: 12/03/2008 - In the first stage of the multi-year Merida Initiative, the U.S. is providing $400 million to Mexico and $65 million to Central America to fight drug gangs. The U.S. State Department says the money will pay for:

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Cruise passengers describe "cheeky" pirate attack

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Ordered to get inside and stay down, Oregon tourist Clyde Thornburg heard the pirates' rifle shots hit the side of the luxury cruise liner - "Pop! Pop! Pop!" - then felt the ship speed up to escape.

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92 nations sign cluster-bomb ban; US, Russia don't

Posted: 12/03/2008 - An Afghan teenager who lost both legs in a cluster bomb explosion helped persuade his country to change its stance and join nearly 100 nations in signing a treaty Wednesday banning the disputed weapons.

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GM Savage hoping to finish job with Browns

Posted: 12/03/2008 - His future in doubt, Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is moving ahead with plans for 2009 without knowing if he'll be around to see them through.

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Polygamist Jeffs appeals 2007 Utah conviction

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Attorneys for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs asked the Utah Supreme Court to reverse his 2007 criminal conviction and direct a judge to order a new trial.

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Kin of NY man trampled by shoppers sue Wal-Mart

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The family of a worker trampled to death in a "Black Friday" crush of bargain hunters at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."

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O.J. Simpson's final chapter: a prison sentence

Posted: 12/03/2008 - During his trial for armed robbery and kidnapping, O.J. Simpson once sat in a courthouse hallway musing on what might have been: Before his arrest, he had considered moving to Las Vegas, where he liked the climate and the people he had met.

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EU to push for Caspian gas line

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The European Union will push harder for a pipeline to carry natural gas from the Caspian Sea region to Europe while bypassing Russia, a senior EU diplomat said Wednesday.

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Meltdown 101: How productive are we as a nation?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - If you're employed, you're one of your company's assets. The measure of how well your employer uses you is your productivity - the goods and services you produce for each hour you work.

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Kin of NY man trampled by shoppers sue Wal-Mart

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The family of a worker trampled to death in a "Black Friday" crush of bargain hunters at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."

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Scientists ask: Is technology rewiring our brains?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - What does a teenage brain on Google look like? Do all those hours spent online rewire the circuitry? Could these kids even relate better to emoticons than to real people?

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Camels found wandering in Mexican border city

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Mexico (AP) -- It may have seemed like a mirage: Two camels nibbling on a pine tree along a street in this desert metropolis on the Texas border. Police tried lassoing the animals, which lunged at the officers with snapping teeth as onlookers chuckled.

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Urn left at Helping Hands charity in Arkansas

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Usually when a charity wants a donor to return, the agency is seeking another contribution. Helping Hands in Bentonville wants the person who left what's apparently a funerary urn to come back and get it.

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RI man bags mutant, 4-clawed lady lobster

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- A lady lobster with four claws was pulled from the deep this week in the waters off Newport. With a large crusher claw and three pincher claws - instead of the usual one - the crustacean was unlike anything 39-year-old lobsterman Patrick Marks had ever seen in his 14 years catching the creatures.

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Man uses candy cane to subdue attacker with knife

Posted: 12/03/2008 - AP) -- A man using a candy cane lawn ornament fended off a knife-wielding neighbor who had been attacking holiday guests at a Sacramento home. Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong saID the man used the two-foot-tall plastic ornament to subdue the attacker until officers arrived.

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The one that didn't get away yields long-lost ring

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BUNA, Texas (AP) -- The one that didn't get away held an unlikely surprise for a Texas man. The blue-stoned class ring of Joe Richardson, engraved with his name, turned up inside an 8-pound bass 21 years after he lost it while fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn.

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