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Prosecutors: Madoff was ready to send out $173M

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Prosecutors said Thursday that investigators found 100 signed checks worth $173 million in Bernard Madoff's office desk that he was ready to send out to his closest family and friends at the time of his arrest last month in what is alleged to be largest financial fraud in history.

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New US-led naval force to battle Somali pirates

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A new international naval force under American command will soon begin patrols to confront escalating attacks by Somali pirates after more than 100 ships came under siege in the past year, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.

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Official: Attack on US patrol kills 5

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A suicide bomber struck U.S. troops patrolling on foot in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least two soldiers and three civilians and wounding at least nine others, officials said.

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Analysis: Lebanese rockets raise fear of 2nd front

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Residents of this northern Israeli town awoke Thursday to one of their country's worst nightmares: Rockets from Lebanon, and the possibility of a second front in a battle that has raged for two weeks in Gaza.

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Red Cross: Israel delayed access to Gaza wounded

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The international Red Cross accused Israel on Thursday of "unacceptable" delays in letting rescue workers reach three Gaza City homes hit by shelling where they eventually found 15 dead and 18 wounded, including young children too weak to stand.

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Firefighters near containment of Colo. wildfire

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Thousands of evacuated residents, including former FEMA chief Michael D. Brown, were allowed to return to their homes Thursday after firefighters partially contained a wildfire near Denver that destroyed two houses and several outbuildings.

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Survey: Reporters dropped ball covering meltdown

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Signaling a look inward that echoes critiques of the media's performance in the months before the Iraq War, some of the nation's top financial journalists believe reporters dropped the ball as the nation's economy tumbled toward crisis mode.

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Cheney says no one saw financial crisis coming

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Vice President Dick Cheney says that his boss, President George W. Bush, has no need to apologize to the American people for not doing more to head off the financial calamity, saying no one saw the crisis coming.

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Official: Attack on US patrol kills 5

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A suicide bomber struck U.S. troops patrolling on foot in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least two soldiers and three civilians and wounding at least nine others, officials said.

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China's jobless migrants go home early for holiday

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Some hefted their luggage on bamboo shoulder poles. Others carried their things in plastic buckets. All were migrant workers hurrying to get home Thursday before China's Lunar New Year festival - a holiday that triggers one of the world's biggest annual migrations of humans.

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How many scorpions? London Zoo does critter count

Updated: 01/08/2009 - How do you count scorpions? Very gingerly, it turns out. "You use tongs and pick them up by the stinger," London Zoo senior keeper Tony Dobbs said. "You avoid the pincers at all costs. You could get a nasty nick if you're not counting carefully."

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Arabs, West agree on elements of Gaza resolution

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Key Arab nations and Western powers reached agreement Thursday on key elements of a U.N. resolution calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between Hamas militants and Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, the head of the Arab League said.

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UN: 257 Palestinian children killed in Gaza

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Tiny bodies lying side by side wrapped in white burial shrouds. The cherubic face of a dead preschooler sticking up from the rubble of her home. A man cradling a wounded boy in a chaotic emergency room after Israel shelled a U.N. school.

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EU, Russia strike deal on monitoring gas flow

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The European Union said Thursday that gas supplies should restart after it struck a deal with Russia on supervising the flow of gas through Ukraine.

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Fatal police shooting sparks violent protests

Updated: 01/08/2009 - In grainy cell-phone videos played over and over on the Internet, police officers force an unarmed black man to the ground and hold him face-down on a crowded train platform.

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Illinois' Burris is a man of high ambition

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Roland Burris has erected a grand mausoleum for himself, carved with the words "TRAIL BLAZER" and a long list of his accomplishments, with a space left for his more recent achievements. That gap could soon be filled in with "U.S. Senator."

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Court strikes down federal sex offender law

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Congress overstepped its authority when it enacted a law allowing the federal government to hold sex offenders in custody indefinitely beyond the end of their prison terms, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

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Search abandoned for NJ baby's body, lost in trash

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Police who searched dumps in three states for the remains of a baby thrown out in a Jersey City hospital's trash gave up Thursday, saying they had little chance of success.

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Search Continues for Man in Missouri River

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The search continues for John Paul Forget, a Kansas college student who fell into the Missouri River on his way home for holiday break.

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LA judge hears bid to dismiss MySpace conviction

Updated: 01/08/2009 - An attorney for a woman convicted in a MySpace hoax directed at a teen who ended up committing suicide asked a judge to dismiss her convictions Thursday, saying a computer-fraud law was improperly used to prosecute her.

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Man accused of urinating on bouncer at Alaska bar

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A 22-year-old Fairbanks man was arrested for allegedly urinating on a bouncer at a bar on Sunday morning. The bouncer at Kodiak Jack's told police that he was trying to remove another man from the bar for causing a disruption.

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Boeing Plane Deliveries Fall 15 Pct in 2008

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Boeing delivered about 15 percent fewer airplanes in 2008 compared with the previous year as a strike forced the temporary closure of its commercial aircraft operations.

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