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Israel to vote on Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

Updated: 01/16/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel's Security Cabinet will vote Saturday night on an Egyptian proposal for a truce to end the 3-week-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, a senior government official said.

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Obama: 'Dramatic action' needed now to fix economy

Updated: 01/16/2009 - BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama made a pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan at a Midwestern factory that makes wind turbine parts, saying Friday his plan would make smart investments in the country's future and create solid jobs in up-and-coming industries.

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Sources: Obama ready to end harsh interrogations

Updated: 01/16/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to prohibit the use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques by ordering the CIA to follow military rules for questioning prisoners, according to two U.S. officials familiar with drafts of the plans. Still under debate is whether to include a loophole that would allow exceptions in extraordinary cases.

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Divers look for both engines of plane in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal investigators said both engines of the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River were missing Friday as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engines. Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board said both apparently came off after hitting the water Thursday.

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China: 757 women pregnant who lost child in quake

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Thousands of Chinese parents lost their only children in last May's Sichuan earthquake, but now a few hundred families are expecting another baby, after receiving a special exemption to the country's strict population controls.

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Obama's Half Brother Performs in China

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The news release didn't say who Mark Ndesandjo was. Nor did the posters and e-mails promoting the concert Friday in this southern Chinese boomtown where he played piano to raise money for orphans.

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US Nuclear Business Delegation visits India

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The first U.S. nuclear business delegation to visit India since the two nations sealed a historic nuclear trade agreement concluded its five-day visit Friday. Though there was much bonhomie and one preliminary deal, many hurdles remain before U.S. companies can cash in on India's nuclear promise.

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Pope says Iran Should Work for Peace

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that Iran should work for peace in the Middle East and urged Catholics in the country not to emigrate and to cooperate with the Islamic regime.

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Pilot's life had prepared him for 'miracle' flight

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Chesley Sullenberger spent practically his whole life preparing for the five-minute crucible that was US Airways Flight 1549. He got his pilot's license at 14, flew fighter jets in the Air Force, investigated air disasters, mastered glider flying and even studied the psychology of how cockpit crews behave in a crisis.

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Sri Lanka: Thousands of Civilians Flee Rebel Area

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Thousands of civilians have fled Sri Lanka's northern war zone in recent days, crossing the front lines amid fierce fighting as the army closed in on the rebels' last stronghold, the military said Friday.

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Records: Ousted Mo. school chief a heavy gambler

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A former suburban school superintendent who was sentenced earlier this month for looting the district visited casinos more than 900 times in five years and lost more than $175,000, newly released court records show.

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Jury acquits Calif. ex-sheriff of all but 1 count

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A jury stunned a courtroom Friday by acquitting former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona of a sweeping corruption conspiracy and all but one related count of witness tampering in a case that alleged extensive bribery in exchange for the power of his office.

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Obama's half brother performs in China

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The news release didn't say who Mark Ndesandjo was. Nor did the posters and e-mails promoting the concert Friday in this southern Chinese boomtown where he played piano to raise money for orphans.

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Both engines missing from jet ditched in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Federal investigators said both engines of the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River were missing Friday as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engines. Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation Safety Board said both apparently came off after hitting the water Thursday.

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American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91 in Pa.

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early Friday. He was 91.

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Police Seek Gumball and Candy Machine Thieves

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Police are looking for two men who have stolen gumball and candy machines in a string of seven thefts in the past month at restaurants and businesses. The burglars usually break in by throwing a rock through a window.

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