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Lions Fire Marinelli after Winless Year

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Detroit Lions fired coach Rod Marinelli on Monday, a day after the team became the first in NFL history to finish with an 0-16 record.

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GMAC Stays Mum on Bailout Hurdle

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Days after the passage of a key deadline, the financing arm of General Motors Corp. remained silent Monday on if it cleared a final hurdle to become a bank-holding company and gain access to billions in federal bailout money.

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BET, TV One Plan Extensive Inauguration Coverage

Updated: 12/29/2008 - BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different.

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Hollywood's Happy, Even Without a Record Year

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.

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Stocks Pull Back Amid Middle East Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday on concerns that Israel's attack on Gaza might disrupt oil production and shipments from the Middle East.

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Man lights 50 Sparklers at Once, Loses Fingers

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Authorities say the 44-year-old man had tied together about 50 sparklers at around noon Sunday, and lit a homemade fuse. The bundle exploded, ripping his fingers and leaving burns on his arm.

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Police Arrest One for Pizza Hut Robbery

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Topeka Police have arrested one man in connection with a robbery at local Pizza Hut, 500 SW 10th. Casey Blackwell, 24, was booked for aggravated robbery.

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Uganda Rebels Accused Of Massacre At Church

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Attackers wielding machetes hacked to death dozens of people at a church in remote eastern Congo, witnesses said Monday, and the Ugandan army accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of the massacre.

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Country Doctor Of Year: 50 Years Of House Calls

Updated: 12/29/2008 - In this sleepy country town, which sprang up around a railroad junction and the start of the Chisholm trail, folks give out their phone numbers by the last four digits, the annual Tom-Tom festival culminates with the crowning of the Tomato King and Queen, and everybody knows Doc Watson.

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Trials Open For 9 Over China Tainted Milk Scandal

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Nine people went on trial Monday in connection with China's tainted milk scandal, state media reported, following the announcement of steps to compensate the families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated infant formula.

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Blagojevich Lawyer To Submit Obama Report To Panel

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he plans to submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report on contacts with the scandal-plagued governor to the Illinois House committee weighing impeachment.

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TVA To Test Water Wells, Air Purity Near Ash Slide

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The CEO and president of the nation's largest public utility vowed to clean up a community encased in sludge after a major coal ash spill, where many residents fear toxic elements could seep into their drinking water.

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Study: Murders Among Black Youths On The Rise

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The number of young black men and teenagers who either killed or were killed in shootings has risen at an alarming rate since 2000, a new study shows.

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Police Officer Deaths Drop In 2008, Groups Say

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Fewer police officers died in the line of duty in 2008 compared to last year, reflecting better training and tactics, two law enforcement support groups reported Sunday.

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Israeli Assault Targets Symbols of Hamas Power

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel's air force obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of its overwhelming assault on Gaza on Monday, striking a house next to the Hamas premier's home.

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Nearly 200,000 Without Power in Michigan

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Crews were working to restore electricity to nearly 200,000 Michigan homes and businesses early Monday, a day after strong winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines, while residents in parts of the Northwest braced for another winter storm.

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Rohm & Haas says Dow Chemical Deal Still in Effect

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Rohm & Haas Co. said its proposed acquisition is still in effect even though the Kuwaiti government has canceled a $17.4 billion joint venture with U.S. petrochemical company Dow Chemical Co.

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Stocks Signal Higher Open as Oil Prices Rise

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street took comfort from a rise in oil prices and headed toward a higher open Monday, but investors remained cautious as Israel continued its attack on Gaza for a third day.

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Oil Jumps Above $40 on Gaza Conflict

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tensions generated by a widening conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants sent crude prices up sharply to above $40 a barrel Monday, with gasoline and heating oil also making sizable gains.

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Downtown Pizza Hut Robbed

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Police have a suspect in custody on suspicion of robbing a downtown Topeka Pizza Hut.

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Kuwait scraps joint venture with Dow Chemical

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Kuwait's government on Sunday scrapped a $17.4 billion joint venture with U.S. petrochemical giant Dow Chemical after criticism from lawmakers that could have led to a political crisis in this small oil-rich state.

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