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Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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New NASA report details final minutes of Columbia

Updated: 12/31/2008 - When the first of many loud alarms sounded on the space shuttle Columbia, the seven astronauts had about a minute to live, though they didn't know it. The pilot, William McCool, pushed several buttons trying to right the ship as it tumbled out of control. He didn't know it was futile.

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Playwright Harold Pinter buried in London

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter was buried at a London cemetery Wednesday in a small private funeral attended by family and close friends.

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Blackout looms in Time Warner Cable-Viacom fight

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A spat between Time Warner Cable Inc. and Viacom Inc. over how much the cable company pays to carry channels such as MTV and Comedy Central headed down to the wire on New Year's Eve - with little sign of movement as a blackout looked likely at a minute past the stroke of midnight.

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You could party with a rock star on New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Why not share a shot with Paris Hilton or boogie down with Pete Wentz to ring in 2009? This year, any regular Joe with dough (and no reason to sweat the economy) could party like - and with - a rock star, movie star or reality TV star on New Year's Eve.

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GMAC Completes Debt Deal to Raise Capital

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. completed a complicated debt deal that fell short of the goal it set for the amount of fresh capital needed to help the auto loan company ride out a historic collapse in auto sales.

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Brother accused of embezzling from Dane Cook

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The half brother of comedian Dane Cook has pleaded not guilty to embezzling millions from the comedian and ordered held on $3 million bail.

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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A letter from Oprah Winfrey last week seemed like the world's best Christmas present - until teacher Ron Clark noticed an extra piece of paper flutter out of the envelope.

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Stores to airlines, many brands vanished in 2008

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Shoppers won't be picking up ornate lamps from the Bombay Co. in the coming year. Or investing with Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. No flying to Hawaii on Aloha Airlines or buying ultra-cheap tickets on Skybus, either.

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Gazprom: Russia to cut gas supplies to Ukraine

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Russia's state gas monopoly said it would cut off all natural gas supplies to Ukraine early Thursday after the two sides failed to agree on how much Ukraine would pay in 2009.

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Madoff set to disclose list of holdings

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Investigators may get a clue Wednesday into how much money might be available for victims in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

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Crude ends extraordinarily volatile year below $45

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Oil prices jumped 14 percent on New Year's Eve, capping a year that saw prices soar to unprecedented heights only to give up four years of gains in just five months.

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Street looks to '09 with relief after terrible '08

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The last trading day of 2008 on Wall Street provided a merciful end to an abysmal year - the worst since the Great Depression, wiping out $6.9 trillion in stock market wealth.

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Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries.

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