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250 Small Quakes Rattle Yellowstone

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Scientists were closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that rattled Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and into Monday.

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Dick Clark, 79, is Still Rockin' New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Four years after a stroke, Dick Clark is relishing the prospect of another New Year's Eve celebration, determined to appear for his 36th year in Times Square. And he's hardly surprised by the current state of the music industry he helped build — he predicted this, after all.

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Feds want lawmakers to hear 4 Blagojevich wiretaps

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Federal prosecutors are asking a court to allow lawmakers investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich to hear tapes of four potentially incriminating phone calls the governor had with a lobbyist.

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Thai PM says his goal is to heal political divide

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Anti-government protesters abandoned their siege of Thailand's Foreign Ministry building on Tuesday, easing a standoff that threatened to re-ignite a long-running political crisis.

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Home Prices Post 18 Percent Annual Drop in October

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Home prices dropped by the sharpest annual rate on record in October and there are no signs the housing pain is over, according to a closely watched index released Tuesday.

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Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes dim chance of truce

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Palestinian militants, armed with deadlier missiles than ever before, kept up rocket assaults against Israel on Tuesday, despite relentless air attacks against Gaza's Hamas rulers and unwelcome word from Egypt that it would not bail them out.

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Oil Dips Below $40 over World Economic Concerns

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Resurfacing concerns over the world economy sent crude prices lower Tuesday, eclipsing fears that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could inflame tensions in the oil-rich Middle East.

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Police: 'Jena Six' Teen Shoots Self, is Treated

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A teen convicted in the "Jena Six" beating case shot himself in the chest and was taken to the hospital Monday, days after his arrest on a shoplifting charge, police said.

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December Consumer Confidence Drops to All-time Low

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping unexpectedly in the face of layoffs and deteriorating markets for housing, stocks and other investments.

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Wall Street Opens Higher after GMAC Financing

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Investors nearing the end of a brutal 2008 made some modest bets Tuesday, sending stocks higher after taking some comfort in the government's decision to provide $5 billion to General Motors Corp.'s troubled financing arm.

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Lawsuit Accuses Military of Converting Afghans

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The lawsuit now includes allegations that the military doesn't take such complaints seriously enough and that soldiers try to convert Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan to Christianity.

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Missouri wins Alamo Bowl, tops Northwestern in OT

Updated: 12/30/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Chase Daniel threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in overtime and Missouri rallied to beat Northwestern 30-23 in the Alamo Bowl on Monday night.

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Dick Clark, 79, is still rockin' New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/30/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four years after a stroke, Dick Clark is relishing the prospect of another New Year's Eve celebration, determined to appear for his 36th year in Times Square. And he's hardly surprised by the current state of the music industry he helped build - he predicted this, after all.

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Toll express lanes ease traffic on urban highways

Updated: 12/30/2008 - MIAMI (AP) -- Attorney David Kubiliun is a typical South Floridian: He lives in a suburb, works in downtown Miami and spends several hours a week sitting in maddening traffic on Interstate 95.

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Japan auto sales plunge as young lose interest

Updated: 12/30/2008 - TOKYO (AP) -- To get around the city, Yutaka Makino hops on his skateboard or rides commuter trains. Does he dream of the day when he has his own car? Not a chance.

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Bonuses, elite rep help boost Marine numbers

Updated: 12/30/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buoyed by more recruiters, bigger bonuses and an elite reputation, the Marine Corps has grown by nearly 27,000 members in a little more than two years - half the time that military officials believed it would take.

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Police: Santa gunman planned to kill more than 9

Updated: 12/30/2008 - COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- The man who killed nine people at his former in-law's Christmas party while dressed as Santa Claus had plotted the attack several months ago and his hit list was longer than first thought.

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Chinese dairies to compensate sickened babies

Updated: 12/30/2008 - BEIJING (AP) -- The companies whose tainted milk products sickened nearly 300,000 children and were blamed in the deaths of six will likely pay 1.1 billion yuan ($160 million) in compensation to victims' families, a state-run newspaper said Tuesday.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan closed the main route used to ferry supplies to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday after launching a fresh offensive against militants in the area.

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