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US concerned by detention of academic in Iran

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Bush administration on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the detention and interrogation in Iran of a prominent American academic, an incident that has led the National Academies of Science to suspend educational exchanges with Iranian institutions.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Seniors give Daschle health reform ideas

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Note to President-elect Barack Obama: Health reform doesn't have to be all about expanding health insurance. It can be about the little things too, such as shorter waits in the doctor's office and putting in place incentives such as free checkups that catch little problems before they became big ones.

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Actors Bacon, Sedgwick Among Madoff Victims

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick are among the many victims of the massive Ponzi scheme run by the disgraced New York money manager.

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Kennedy's 'You Knows' Become Political Fodder

Updated: 12/30/2008 - If Caroline Kennedy had, you know, only known. Tracking the would-be New York senator's verbal tics has become a political parlor game in the days since she gave her first round of in-depth interviews, even spawning a hip-hop-style mash-up online blending her "you knows" with President-elect Barack Obama's "uhs."

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Landowners Sue TVA For $165M Over Coal Ash Spill

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A group of land owners has sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for $165 million over a burst dike that spilled more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge.

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Woman Slips Out of Cuffs and Allegedly Kicks Cops

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Goffstown, N.H., woman slipped out of a pair of handcuffs and kicked two officers after being arrested on a drunken driving charge. The 47-year-old woman was charged on Monday after rear-ending another car around 4:30 p.m.

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Ohio Judge Lectures Man After His 109th Case

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Cincinnati judge said he has seen long criminal records before, but this one was notable. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Ted Berry gave 41-year-old Norman Holmes a 90-day jail sentence and a lecture Monday after Holmes' 109th misdemeanor conviction.

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Body of Eighth Man Found in Canadian Avalanche

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The eighth and final body was found Tuesday from a group of snowmobilers buried by weekend avalanches in western Canada's backcountry, police said.

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Kansas Gets $1.1M in Drug Settlement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Kansas will receive $1.1 million from a Philadelphia-area company accused of illegally marketing three of its drugs.

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US, UN, EU, Russia Urge Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The United Nations says key world powers trying to promote Mideast peace are calling on Israel and Hamas to implement an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and southern Israel.

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GM Slashes Financing Rates To Boost Sales

Updated: 12/30/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will offer financing as low as zero percent over the next week for several 2008 and 2009 models as the automaker makes a big year-end push to improve sales.

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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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Taliban Terrorizes Its Way Across Pakistan

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region far from the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.

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Ex-Bush aides say he never recovered from Katrina

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who spoke candidly about the political impact of the government's poor handling of the natural disaster.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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FDA approves new prostate cancer drug

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Federal regulators on Monday said they have approved the first new drug to treat prostate cancer in four years.

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Man carrying over $70 chooses jail over $1.57 soda

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Eau Claire police said a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70. Police responding to the report of a theft recently say the 27-year-old man appeared drunk. An employee told officers the man had taken a cup from the counter, filled it and began drinking.

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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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December consumer confidence drops to all-time low

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping further in the face of rising layoffs, in yet another sign that consumer spending is unlikely to pull the U.S. out of a yearlong recession any time soon.

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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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Madoff Has Until Wednesday To List Assets

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Tuesday approved the transfer of $28.1 million to cover expenses tied to the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's investment firm.

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Just a second, 2009 — the Earth needs to catch up

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Just a second, 2009. It's going to take a little longer to say goodbye to the worst economic year since the Great Depression, but all for good cause. The custodians of time will ring in the New Year by tacking a "leap second" onto the clock Wednesday to account for the minute slowing of the Earth's rotation. The leap second has been used sporadically at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich since 1972, an adjustment that has kept Greenwich Mean Time the internationally agreed time standard.

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