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Analysis: Israel keeps objectives vague

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel has dropped tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented show of force to make Hamas stop rocket attacks, but it has not said it will try to topple the Islamic militants who have ruled the territory for 18 months.

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E-shopping site to open in China for Japan goods

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A new Internet shopping mall is opening in China next month that will take payments in the widely used China UnionPay Co. cards for Japanese products, company officials said Friday.

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FDA approves new prostate cancer drug

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Federal regulators on Monday said they have approved the first new drug to treat prostate cancer in four years.

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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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Postal Service lifts curtain on next year's stamps

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck.

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Kids Compete in Art Contest

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kickapoo Reservation have joined a competition to find talented young artists.

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Injured Burglary Suspect Returns to Tenn. Store

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Athens police said a burglary suspect who was cut when he entered a convenience store through a shattered glass door returned to the scene two hours later to ask officers for help. Police said a 21-year-old man will be charged with burglary when he is released from the hospital.

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Lawsuit on Religion in Military Expanded

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A group and a Fort Riley soldier expand a federal lawsuit against Defense Secretary Robert Gates over allegations of religious discrimination in the military

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Man Spits on Court Floor After Traffic Conviction

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A northern Idaho man convicted of a traffic violation in Bonner County was ordered to spend two days in jail after he spit on the courthouse floor in anger. First District Court Judge Justin Julian found 59-year-old Daniel Malone in contempt on Wednesday.

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Jazz Great Freddie Hubbard Dead at 70

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players, has died at age 70.

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Fallout Begins After Dismal Holiday Season

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The fallout from the horrific holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores are expected to do the same — meaning more empty storefronts and fewer brands on store shelves.

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15-year-old Bronx Girl Accused of Killing 2 Men

Updated: 12/29/2008 - With her slight frame and big grin, Sharell Butler still looks like a child. But the 15-year-old has been charged as an adult with killing two men over three days, including one whose dismembered remains were found in a garbage bag.

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Israel says Gaza assault 'war to the bitter end'

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building. The three-day death toll rose to 364 on Monday, with some 1,400 reported wounded, according to Palestinian medical officials. The U.N. said at least 62 of the dead were civilians, and medics said eight children under the age of 17 were killed in two separate strikes overnight.

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Detective Asks to Use Bathroom, Finds Stolen Gun

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Authorities said a stolen gun was recovered when a detective tried to used the suspect's bathroom and couldn't get the toilet to work. A detective investigating the theft of a handgun, jewelry and cash from a Jensen Beach home was told a possible suspect might be staying at a Port St. Lucie hotel.

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Man Carrying Over $70 Chooses Jail Over $1.57 Soda

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Eau Claire police said a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70. Police responding to the report of a theft recently say the 27-year-old man appeared drunk. An employee told officers the man had taken a cup from the counter, filled it and began drinking.

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GMAC stays mum on debt swap

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. remained silent Monday on whether it had raised enough capital to become a bank-holding company and eligible for access to billions in federal bailout money.

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Stocks pull back amid Middle East tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday as continuing violence in the Middle East and a resulting jump in oil prices reminded investors that the market could face problems beyond the recession. The collapse of a Dow Chemical Co. joint venture, meanwhile, intensified the Wall Street economic worries.

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Trying to prevent lymphedema after breast cancer

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hospitals in about a dozen states are testing whether some simple steps, such as arm-strengthening exercises, could reduce the risk of one of breast cancer's troubling legacies — the painful and sometimes severe arm swelling called lymphedema.

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Well water near Tenn. spill may be unsafe

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Some water samples near a massive spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee are showing high levels of arsenic, and state and federal officials on Monday cautioned residents who use private wells or springs to stop drinking the water.

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8 snowmobilers missing in Canadian avalanches

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches were missing Monday in western Canada's backcountry, and rescuers searching for the men faced "extreme" risk themselves from crashing snow.

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White House backs Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The White House, calling Monday for a lasting cease-fire in the Mideast, backed Israel's deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip and said the Islamic militant group ruling there had shown its "true colors as a terrorist organization."

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Search suspended for missing cruise ship passenger

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a Florida woman who authorities believe plunged from a cruise ship balcony into the waters off Mexico's coast on Christmas night.

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