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Can dolphins survive winter in NJ rivers?

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A group of bottlenose dolphins have been confounding humans since they took up residence in two rivers near the Jersey shore six months ago. Now that it's winter, some people are worried they'll never make it out.

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More snow in forecast as Spokane, Wash., digs out

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Spokane residents were trying to dig out Tuesday after a record-breaking month of snow collapsed roofs and clogged streets. Bismarck, N.D., also set a snowfall record.

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NASA Reports Graphic Details of Columbia Deaths

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A new NASA report says that the seat restraints, suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship broke apart, killing all seven astronauts.

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Israel Mulls Truce Offer on Day 4 of Gaza Assault

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Israel is considering suspending its Gaza offensive for 48 hours to give Hamas militants an opening to halt their rocket fire, but the threat of a ground offensive remains if the truce does not hold, Israeli officials said Tuesday.

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Border Patrol: Fewer Illegal Crossings

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The U.S. Border patrol today reported a dramatic decrease in the number of people caught trying to cross the border from Mexico illegally.

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Man Living At Mexico Airport Disappears

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Japanese man who had been living in Terminal 1 of the Benito Juarez International Airport since Sept. 2 - for no apparent reason - left under equally mysterious circumstances.

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After Holidays, Retailers Face Nightmare

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The holiday season has turned quickly from a shopper's paradise to an end-of-the-year nightmare for many retailers across the country.

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Streisand: Perfection Is Imperfection

Updated: 12/30/2008 - At this point in Barbra Streisand's legendary career, no one can rain on her parade -- not even President Bush.

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250 Small Quakes Rattle Yellowstone

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Scientists were closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that rattled Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and into Monday.

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Mexico calls off search for cruise passenger

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Mexican authorities have suspended their search for a Florida woman who apparently fell from a ship balcony during a Christmas week cruise.

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Trial of Iraqi shoe thrower is postponed

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A court Tuesday postponed the trial of a journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush in anger over the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, an act of protest that made him an international celebrity.

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Russia: Law signed to extend presidential terms

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law extending presidential terms from four years to six on Tuesday in a move seen as paving the way for Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.

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US diplomat says Afghan road bombings up in 2008

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The number of roadside bombs and kidnappings doubled in Afghanistan in 2008 from the year previous, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday, grim statistics that underscore the country's deteriorating security situation.

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White House: Bush calls Abbas, discusses Gaza

Updated: 12/30/2008 - President George W. Bush and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in a telephone conversation Tuesday that if any new cease-fire agreement is to be effective in the Mideast, "it must be respected by Hamas," the White House said.

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Police: Santa gunman planned to kill more than 9

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The man who killed nine people at his former in-law's Christmas party while dressed as Santa Claus had plotted the attack several months ago and his hit list was longer than first thought.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan closed the main route used to ferry supplies to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday after launching a fresh offensive against militants in the area.

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Gaza protest boat sails into Lebanon

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A boat carrying international peace activists and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip was turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy on Tuesday, Israel and organizers of the trip said.

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Girl dies on cold walk; dad charged with murder

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The father of an 11-year-old girl who died, likely of hypothermia, after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow on Christmas Day has been charged with second-degree murder and felony injury to a child.

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Ex-Army engineer pleads guilty to spy charge

Updated: 12/30/2008 - An 85-year-old former Army mechanical engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that he passed classified documents to the Israelis in the 1970s and '80s.

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Ill. Governor Expected to Name Obama Replacement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to name former state attorney general Roland Burris to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat, setting up a challenge with congressional leaders who have already said they plan to reject anyone the governor picks.

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Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain

Updated: 12/30/2008 - It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?" Huh? Too noisy to hear!

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Thrice-built house embodies Haiti aid shortfalls

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The farmer camps in a crude tent of broken sandbags as he guards the foundation of his destroyed home and his last possessions: a pickax, a hoe and some charcoal.

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Ex-Army Engineer Pleads Guilty to Spy Charge

Updated: 12/30/2008 - An 85-year-old former Army mechanical engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that he passed classified documents to the Israelis in the 1970s and '80s.

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