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3 kids, 4 adults killed by Philadelphia house fire

Updated: 12/27/2008 - A duplex fire apparently caused by fuel spilling from an overfilled kerosene heater killed seven people in a basement that had only one exit, a survivor and firefighters said.

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Warmer weather, floods could follow Midwest snow

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Rain and rapidly rising temperatures accompanied by thick fog threatened to cause flooding Saturday in the Midwest after days of Arctic cold, heavy snow and ice.

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Tens of thousands mark anniversary of Bhutto death

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Wailing and beating their chests, tens of thousands of people paid homage to Benazir Bhutto Saturday on the one-year anniversary of her assassination - an event that dashed U.S. hopes the moderate Muslim politician would regain power and galvanize the campaign against al-Qaida.

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Animals Need "Helping Hands"

Updated: 12/27/2008 - The Helping Hands Human Shelter has taken in nearly 600 animals since the beginning of December, and the month is not over yet. Anyone looking for a new pet could really make a difference.

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Madoff Suicide Investor Lost Own Money Too

Updated: 12/27/2008 - The French financier who killed himself after losing more than $1 billion of his clients' investments to Bernard Madoff's alleged fraud also saw his own family's money disappear, his older brother told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza Kill Over 200

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing more than 200 people and wounding nearly 400 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.

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Man Shoots Talker at Movies, Police Say

Updated: 12/27/2008 - A man angry that a family was talking during a movie threw popcorn at the son and then shot the father in the arm, according to police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Pakistan seeks to reduce tensions after troop move

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Pakistan told India on Saturday it did not want war and was committed to fighting terrorism — a move apparently aimed at reducing tensions after Pakistan moved troops toward their shared border.

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Cops: Santa Slayer Planned To Flee Country

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Law enforcement officials in Southern California say the gunman who killed nine people in a Christmas Eve bloodbath at a his ex-in-laws' Covina home intended to flee to Canada but was severely burned before he killed himself.

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Israel strikes demolish Hamas compounds, kill 192

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing nearly 200 people and wounding 270 others in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.

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150,000 Pakistanis mark 1 year since Bhutto killed

Updated: 12/27/2008 - More than 150,000 Pakistanis flocked to the mausoleum of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Saturday after some walked hundreds of miles (kilometers) to offer flowers and kiss her grave on the first anniversary of her assassination.

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Still not clear if GMAC cleared hurdle for bailout

Updated: 12/27/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. still wouldn't say on Saturday if it had met a midnight deadline to clear a final hurdle in its bid to become a bank holding company and gain access billions in federal bank bailout money.

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Hawaii island of Oahu loses power during storm

Updated: 12/27/2008 - The island of Oahu lost power during heavy rain and lightning, blacking out the population of some 800,000 people and thousands of tourists including vacationing President-elect Barack Obama.

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Stores cut prices to entice post-holiday shoppers

Updated: 12/27/2008 - 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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Chinese dairies to compensate melamine victims

Updated: 12/27/2008 - Chinese dairy companies that sold melamine-tainted milk are ready to pay compensation to the families of the nearly 300,000 children who became ill or died from drinking contaminated infant formula, a state news agency reported Saturday.

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Utility doubles estimate of Tennessee ash deluge

Updated: 12/27/2008 - A burst dike at a coal-fired power plant in eastern Tennessee spilled millions more cubic yards of ash than originally estimated, officials said Friday, and residents feared the muck coating their neighborhood was endangering the area's drinking water.

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