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Stores cut prices to entice post-holiday shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars — and possibility. But in a Christmas shopping season in which many Americans were unwilling to spend, even a packed lot doesn't always translate into holiday cheer for stores.

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China targets pirates in groundbreaking mission

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Chinese warships headed toward Somali waters Friday to combat piracy, the first time the communist country has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so far beyond its territorial waters.

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Obamas visit aquatic park, eat shave ice on outing

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A day after spending a quiet Christmas evening at their vacation retreat, President-elect Barack Obama and his children watched a dolphin show at an aquatic park and then picked up some shave ice, a local treat.

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Calif. Teen's Family Sues Cigna Over Transplant

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant.

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Retail Gasoline Prices Drift to 58-Month Low

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Retail gasoline prices tumbled Friday to the lowest level in nearly five years. And while crude futures rose, analysts believed it was a temporary pause in an extended, downward arc as the recession spreads.

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Storm blankets West with snow, ice glazes Midwest

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Yet another snowstorm closed highways in parts of the West on Friday, the latest in a tiring week of bad weather, and a dangerous sheet of ice in parts of the Midwest contributed to a looming flood problem.

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Santa Gunman Was in Bitter Divorce, Lost Job

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A man who carried out a Christmas Eve massacre and arson dressed as Santa at the home of his former in-laws apparently intended to flee the U.S., but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body, police said Friday.

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GMAC Needs to Clear Final Hurdle for Bailout Funds

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. has until midnight Friday to clear a final hurdle in its quest to become a bank holding company, even though it already received the Federal Reserve's stamp of approval earlier this week.

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Calif. teen's family sues Cigna over transplant

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant.

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Stores Cut Prices to Entice Post-holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A line of shoppers extends out of the store into the mall hallway at the Game Stop store in Berlin, Vt., … Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars — and possibility.

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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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