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Media Panel Joins Jim Cates

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Politics and the economy were just a couple of topics a media panel discussed during the Jim Cates Online show Friday morning.

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Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices Fall Again in November

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Consumers reduced their spending at retail stores again in November while the costs of goods before they reach store shelves also continued to drop, more bad signs in a recession that appears to be deepening.

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Report: Ex `Idol' producer responds to Abdul

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Former "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe has fired back at criticism by Paula Abdul that the show put her in peril by allowing an alleged stalker to audition.

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Hugh Jackman to Host New-Look Oscars

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Friday.

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Actor Van Johnson, '40s heartthrob, dies at 92

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92.

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November video game sales near $3 billion

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Americans may be cutting back on holiday shopping, but they are still buying video games — to the tune of nearly $3 billion in November, according to data from market researcher NPD Group.

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GM to temporarily close 20 plants to slash output

Updated: 12/12/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Friday it will temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production as it tries to adjust to dramatically weaker automobile demand.

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1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

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White House readies new rescue for auto industry

Updated: 12/12/2008 - With Congress gridlocked and the economy flailing, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of job losses sure to follow.

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Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Sells For $240K

Updated: 12/12/2008 - No, it doesn’t really work, and it doesn’t make that infamous humming sound that "Star Wars" fans happily mimic when mock-fighting Darth Vader. But one fan spent nearly a quarter-million dollars to get the ultimate Christmas present: Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.

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Ice Storm Cuts Power Throughout Northeast

Updated: 12/12/2008 - An ice storm knocked out power Friday to 1.25 million homes and businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania, closing schools and tying up travel, and authorities say it could take days for all customers to get service back.

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Scientists Find 2,000-year-old Brain in Britain

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Scientists said Friday that the mass of gray matter was more than 2,000 years old - the oldest ever discovered in Britain. One expert unconnected with the find called it "a real freak of preservation."

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Storm Cuts Power to More Than 1M in New England

Updated: 12/12/2008 - An ice storm knocked out power to more than a million homes and businesses in New England and upstate New York on Friday, and authorities say it could take days for all of them to get service back.

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Greek Youths Also Angry at Govt's Fiscal Plicies

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Greek youths hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police Friday, as the seventh straight day of riots tapped into anger at the government's fiscal policies.

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Ex-Nasdaq Chairman Arrested on $50B Fraud Charge

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A Wall Street powerbroker for nearly 50 years who built an influential firm has confessed to a massive fraud scheme that will cost investors at least $50 billion, federal authorities say.

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Ill. AG Asks High Court to Declare Gov. Unfit

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Illinois attorney general filed a motion with the state's highest court Friday asking justices to strip scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers.

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Poor Nations to Get Funds to Fight Climate Change

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe effects of global warming.

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White House Considers Help for Car Makers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Bush administration said it was ready to step in and prevent the U.S. auto industry from collapsing after the Senate refused to pass a rescue bill endorsed by the White House and congressional Democrats.

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Topeka Man Will Spend Life in Prison for Teen's Murder

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Friday, Christopher Hall was sentenced to life for the first degree murder of 15 year old Nacole Winter in December of 2006. He received an additional 41 years to be served after the Hard 50 for other charges.

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