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Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

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Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter dies at 78

Updated: 12/26/2008 - British Nobel laureate Harold Pinter - who produced some of his generation's most influential dramas and later became a staunch critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq - has died, his widow said Thursday. He was 78.

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Mexico: 7 cops, drug gang arrested at cock fight

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Soldiers arrested the deputy police chief of a Mexican resort town and six other officers who were allegedly protecting drug cartel members at a cock fight, the Defense Department said Thursday.

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Subway fare hackers to partner with transit agency

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A trio of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who found a way to hack into the Boston subway system's payment cards have agreed to partner with transit officials there to make the system more secure.

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3-state Route 66 Marathon to End in Joplin

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The first-ever Route 66 Mother Road Marathon is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2009, from Miami, Okla., through the southeast corner of Kansas to Joplin.

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E-shopping site to open in China for Japan goods

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A new Internet shopping mall is opening in China next month that will take payments in the widely used China UnionPay Co. cards for Japanese products, company officials said Friday.

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Mexican beauty queen jailed held in drug probe

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A Mexican beauty queen arrested in a truck filled with weapons was ordered jailed pending an investigation into possible drug trafficking and gun charges, authorities said Friday.

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Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

Updated: 12/26/2008 - 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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Amazon says 2008 holiday season was 'best ever'

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. called this holiday season its "best ever," saying Friday that it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on its busiest day - a rare piece of good news in a season that has been far from merry for most retailers, including online businesses.

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6 Chinese go on trial for selling melamine

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Six Chinese suspects went on trial Friday accused of making and selling the industrial chemical at the center of a tainted milk scandal blamed for killing six children and sickening nearly 300,000 others.

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US urging calm over possible Pakistan troop moves

Updated: 12/26/2008 - U.S. military leaders have been urging both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint in the wake of the deadly Mumbai attacks that many believe originated with Pakistan-based militants.

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Lawyer: Zimbabwe activist held in notorious prison

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A Zimbabwean peace activist has been traced to a notorious maximum security prison despite a court order that she be taken to hospital, a leading human rights lawyer said Friday.

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Lebanon festive for now, but tough issues ahead

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Businessman George Jabra isn't certain the stability Lebanon has enjoyed for more than six months is going to last. Still, he took a chance and opened up a new restaurant on a Beirut hilltop, betting on the revival of good times sweeping the country once known as the Paris of the Middle East.

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