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Christmas Eve services come early in Baghdad

Updated: 01/01/2009 - The Christmas Eve Mass for Baghdad's small and beleaguered Christian community started before dusk Wednesday instead of at the traditional midnight, a reflection of continued security concerns in the Iraqi capital.

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Troops in Iraq find Christmas in memories

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Army Sgt. Robin Cameron stood guard outside a once opulent Iraqi shopping mall that now serves as a small U.S. military outpost, trying not to think about what he was missing with his family on Christmas.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,221

Updated: 01/01/2009 - As of Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at least 4,221 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Suspicious Packages Force Mass Evacuation In Aspen

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Authorities say they're looking for a former Aspen resident after a bomb scare effectively shut down this resort town on New Year's Eve, one of its busiest nights of the year.

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Israel Demands Monitors As Part Of A Gaza Truce

Updated: 01/01/2009 - Israel demanded international monitors as a key term of any truce with Gaza militants, as its warplanes bombed the parliament building in Gaza City Thursday and its ships attacked coastline positions of the territory's Islamic Hamas rulers.

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Kansas beats Minnesota 42-21 in Insight Bowl

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Dezmon Briscoe caught a game-record 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Reesing threw for four scores in Kansas’ 42-21 victory over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl on Wednesday.

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Blackout looms in Time Warner Cable-Viacom Fight

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A spat between Time Warner Cable Inc. and Viacom Inc. over how much the cable company pays to carry channels such as MTV and Comedy Central headed down to the wire on New Year's Eve — as a blackout loomed at a minute past the stroke of midnight.

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Economy Puts Damper on New Year's Eve Celebrations

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hundreds of thousands of revelers packed a frigid Times Square for the descent of the famous Waterford crystal ball on Wednesday, eager to say goodbye to 2008 and hoping to put the nation's economic troubles in the past.

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Celgene Warns That Anticlot Drug Linked to Deaths

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Biotech company Celgene Corp. on Wednesday sent a letter to doctors warning that a study of its drug to treat dangerous blood clots suggests it may increase the risk of death in elderly patients.

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Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday.

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New Years Celebrations in Topeka Wednesday

Updated: 12/31/2008 - People here in Topeka are preparing to ring in the new year. The Ramada Hotel and Convention Center hosted the annual Amigo's New Years Eve celebration Wednesday night.

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Big Changes for Topeka-area Golf Course

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Big changes for a Topeka-area golf course also mean a new chapter for a local restaurant owner. Great Life Golf and Fitness announced Wednesday it has acquired Western Hills.

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Dozens Die in Nightclub Fire in Bangkok

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A fire swept through a high-class nightclub jammed with several hundred New Year's revelers early Thursday, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 200, officials said.

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Traffic Alert in Topeka

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 13 News is on your side with a road alert this holiday season. Starting Wednesday, 25th and Fairlawn in Topeka will be posted "no left turns" for northbound and southbound traffic. That will run Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Hiawatha Shooting Suspect Behind Bars

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Brown County authorities have a man behind bars they say shot a woman and fled from police. It happened just after 11:30 Tuesday night at the Country View Apartments in Hiawatha.

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3 Dead in SW Kansas Mishaps in 5-hour Span

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three people are dead in separate highway mishaps in southwest Kansas, including a 4-year-old boy who was struck by an 18-wheeler in Ulysses.

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Kansas Leader Proposes New Rule on Phone Soliciting

Updated: 12/31/2008 - A Kansas legislative leader wants new requirements for telemarketers who raise money for charities. Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt says he'll push for a law requiring telemarketers to disclose to the people they contact how much of their contributions will actually go to the charity.

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Not so fast: Senate has a say on Obama's successor

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a successor to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, but Democratic leaders who control the Senate say they will refuse to seat Blagojevich's pick, former state Attorney General Roland Burris.

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Low-key New Year's Eve planned at Bush's ranch

Updated: 12/31/2008 - President George W. Bush probably won't watch the clock hit 2009, choosing instead to celebrate the new year with a sunrise stroll around his Texas ranch.

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Mexican Agents Accused of Migrant Abuse

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Mexican immigration agents allegedly locked a group of Central American migrants in a trailer after they refused to pay a bribe, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday.

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Obamas to move into Washington hotel this weekend

Updated: 12/31/2008 - An exclusive hotel just yards from the White House will become a temporary home "suite" home for President-elect Barack Obama and his family when they move to the capital this weekend.

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