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Whalers fire water at activists in Antarctic Ocean

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Japanese whalers blasted water from a cannon at conservationists who hurled bottles of rancid butter and paint during a clash Monday in frigid Antarctic waters, officials said.

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Volcano erupts near Tokyo raining ash down on city

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A volcano near Tokyo erupted Monday, shooting up billowing smoke and showering parts of the capital with a fine ash that sent some city residents to the car wash and left others puzzled over the white powder they initially mistook for snow.

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Rare images emerge of Sri Lankans trapped in war

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Rare images of suffering civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's war zone emerged Monday: Dead parents still cradling their children. A teenage boy with no arms crying in despair. A severely crowded hospital with many patients lying on mats under already full beds.

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China: Up to 26 million migrants now jobless

Updated: 02/02/2009 - An estimated 26 million desperately poor rural Chinese are jobless after pinning their hopes on factory jobs that dried up due to the global economic slowdown, an official said Monday, noting that widespread unemployment could threaten the country's social stability.

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Bomber in police uniform kills 21 Afghan policemen

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated his explosives inside a police training center in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 21 officers and wounding at least 20, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Israeli strike kills Gaza militant, strains truce

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A missile from an Israeli aircraft struck a car traveling in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, killing a Palestinian militant and further straining a truce with the territory's Hamas rulers.

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Heavy snow in Britain means travel chaos

Updated: 02/02/2009 - The British capital ground to a halt on Monday after the worst snowstorm in 18 years caused hundreds of flight cancellations and virtually halted public transportation.

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Police seek kidnapped American in Pakistan

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Authorities searched for an American U.N. worker kidnapped Monday in southwestern Pakistan in an attack that underscored the security threats in the country as it battles al-Qaida militants.

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Hamas leader praises Iran for help in Gaza fight

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Hamas' exiled leader thanked his Iranian backers, saying Tehran played a "big role" in helping the Palestinian militant group during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, Iranian state television reported Monday.

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Cop reaches into foamy sewage tank to rescue dog

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A Kalama police officer reached into a tank of sewage to rescue a dog that had jumped inside. The officer, Jeff Skeie, was able to grab the sinking dog by the ear Tuesday and pull it out by the scruff of its neck. He had waste only on the sleeves of his uniform until the dog gave itself a vigorous shake, spraying him head-to-toe with sewage.

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Police: NY boy dressed as girl to cheat on exam

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Dressing as a girl to take a high school Regents exam in place of another student landed a 17-year-old upstate New York boy in some serious detention. Deandre Ellis, 17, of Schenectady was arrested on a felony charge after the incident Tuesday. City school officials said a monitor verifying that each student was taking the proper exam suspected something was amiss when the name on the test and the person taking it didn't match.

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Rescue a mixed blessing for lost hunter

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Being rescued was a mixed blessing for a man who got lost while hunting in Cheboygan County. Howard Keshick became disoriented in Inverness Township in December and called for help on his cell phone. Police and a Coast Guard

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Police arrest man driving boom lift at 3 a.m.

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Police knew something wasn't quite right after they spotted a man driving a piece of construction lift equipment down a street at 3 a.m. on Thursday. The man, who appparently had been drinking, was in the lift bucket of the Genie Boom with an unopened six-pack of beer and a bag of beef jerky when police pulled the vehicle over. He was clocked at 2 mph.

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Boy's wrapped birthday gift is dad back from Iraq

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Gabriel Hurles' sixth birthday party wasn't a surprise, but his present sure was. The kindergartner was so engrossed in the cupcakes his mother brought to his class on Wednesday that he didn't notice the enormous wrapped box off to the side.

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Police: Sister beats up bride at wedding reception

Updated: 02/02/2009 - A woman who wasn't invited to her sister's wedding reception showed up anyway and attacked the bride, pulling out clumps of her hair, police said. Annmarie Bricker, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery.

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Gluttony and strippers reign at Philly Wing Bowl

Updated: 02/02/2009 - In a gut-busting display of championship eating, a man nicknamed Super Squibb has won Philadelphia's Wing Bowl by downing 203 chicken wings in about 20 minutes. For his efforts, 23-year-old John Squibb of Berlin, N.J., gets a car, a $7,500 diamond ring and a crown of miniature chickens. And maybe a case of indigestion.

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N.J. disc jockey to part with Jenny's number

Updated: 02/02/2009 - After five years fielding thousands of calls to one of rock 'n' roll's most celebrated phone numbers, disc jockey Spencer Potter is hanging up on Jenny.

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Feds may make health insurance easier after layoff

Updated: 02/02/2009 - It will get vastly cheaper for most people to keep health insurance after losing a job if the government's stimulus plan becomes law. Some nickel and dime cuts in health coverage for the poor will be reversed, too. Geek jobs in medicine will grow.

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Ky. asks Obama to speed federal aid for ice storm

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Kentucky's governor will ask President Barack Obama on Monday to speed up federal aid dollars as costs spiral past $45 million for emergency work to restore power, hand out water and food and clear debris across the state hit hard by an icy winter storm last week.

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Daschle apologizes for failing to pay taxes

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, apologized Monday to the Senate panel that will decide his fate, saying he was "deeply embarrassed and disappointed" about failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes.

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Steelers fans take Super Bowl party to the streets

Updated: 02/02/2009 - Gold and black-clad fans with Steelers' iconic Terrible Towels waving in the air or tucked into their back pockets partied into the early morning hours Monday in an impromptu block party across Pittsburgh to celebrate the team's historic sixth Super Bowl win.

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