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China to overhaul battered dairy industry

Updated: 11/20/2008 - BEIJING – China announced a complete overhaul of its dairy industry Thursday to improve safety at every step — from cow breeding to milk sales — saying its worst food quality scandal in years had revealed "major problems."

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Dems look to stop endangered species rule changes

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – With the Bush administration on the verge of relaxing regulations protecting endangered species, Democratic leaders are looking at ways to overturn any last-minute rule changes.

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Astronauts vow remaining tool bag won't drift away

Updated: 11/20/2008 - HOUSTON – Astronauts vowed to double-check, even triple-check all their tethers to make sure a bag of tools is properly tied down during a spacewalk Thursday so it doesn't float away like one did earlier this week.

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Bipartisan group works to revive auto bailout

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – Aides to a bipartisan group of auto-state senators say they have reached a compromise to speed emergency loans to Detroit's Big Three car makers.

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Report: Co-pilot had breakdown, flight attendant helped land jet

Updated: 11/20/2008 - DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- An Air Canada co-pilot having a mental breakdown had to be forcibly removed from the cockpit, restrained and sedated, and a flight attendant with flying experience helped the pilot safely make an emergency landing, an Irish investigation concluded Wednesday.

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Fla. man accused of hurling sandwich at girlfriend

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A Florida man is accused of tossing a sandwich at his girlfriend as they cruised down an interstate, knocking off her glasses and nearly causing her to lose control of the car.

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Irate man wields bat to liberate his lost cat

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Police are looking for an irate pet lover so intent on liberating his lost cat that he wielded a bat to fend off animal shelter employees. Dallas Animal Shelter manager Kent Robertson said the man found his missing gray and blue short-haired cat at the shelter, where it had been brought by someone who thought it was a stray.

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Mass. woman's 1 cent debt paid in full

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A 74-year-old blind woman's 1 cent debt to a Massachusetts city has been settled. People from across the country called Attleboro City Hall on Tuesday offering to pay the 1 cent balance owed by Eileen Wilbur for an overdue water and sewer bill.

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NC undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Five sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after they used a Taser while serving an arrest warrant on a man at his father's funeral, a North Carolina sheriff said Wednesday.

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New runways open at 3 of nation's busiest airports

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Brand new runways are opening at three major airports Thursday, giving the aviation community something to cheer about in a year of dismal economic and travel news.

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Thieves pry bronze Virgin Mary statue from church

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Thieves may have to take an awkward trip to the confessional. A bronze statue of the Virgin Mary was lifted from a Catholic church in Newport Beach. Police Lt. Craig Fox said the 4-to-5 foot statue was pried from its base on the front of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church on Friday night.

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Rapper gets 20 years after writing shooting song

Updated: 11/20/2008 - He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police said, a rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name. A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright Monday to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned the hip hop confession to police.

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Oil dips below $50 a barrel

Updated: 11/20/2008 - NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Oil prices continued to plunge Thursday with prices falling below $50 a barrel for the first time in nearly two years as growing concern about the economy weighed on demand.

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Ind. inmates sneak through ceiling to have sex

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Three male and three female inmates at a southern Indiana jail face charges that they devised a way to sneak between cell blocks to help pass their time behind bars by having sex.

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Court will hear appeal of same-sex marriage measure

Updated: 11/20/2008 - (CNN) -- California's Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will hear the appeal of a challenge to Proposition 8, a voter-approved measure outlawing same-sex marriage.

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Counting the dead gets more complicated in Iraq

Updated: 11/20/2008 - This much is agreed - a double bombing in Baghdad struck a school bus and those responding to the first blast. But the difference in casualty figures was stark. Iraqi officials said 31 people died; the U.S. military put the death toll at five.

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Iraqi government starts paying Sunni fighters

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Iraq's Shiite-dominated government is making good on promises to pay thousands of U.S.-backed Sunni fighters in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday, despite some government unease over the alliance.

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Sources: Pritzker, Napolitano being vetted for Cabinet

Updated: 11/20/2008 - (CNN) -- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for homeland security secretary, according to multiple Democratic sources close to the transition.

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Main provisions of US-Iraq security pact

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Key provisions of the U.S.-Iraqi security pact that was approved by the Iraqi Cabinet and is being considered by the parliament ahead of a Nov. 24 vote:

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Iran judiciary chief lauds US-Iraqi security pact

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Iran took a surprisingly positive stance Monday on the Iraq-U.S. security pact after months of harshly denouncing the deal, which would keep American troops in Iraq for three more years.

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Iraq announces date for long-delayed elections

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Iraq said Tuesday that it will hold long-awaited provincial elections on Jan. 31, a step forward for U.S.-backed efforts to promote national reconciliation even though a key northern area will not participate in the vote.

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