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Mexico announces carbon cap at climate talks

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Developing countries upbraided rich nations at U.N. climate talks Thursday, saying they were refusing to act boldly enough to stop global warming. Mexico sought to prod others into action by becoming the first developing country to announce a cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Golden Globe surprises and snubs

Updated: 12/11/2008 - It's not as if any huge shockers emerged from the Golden Globe nominations Thursday. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Doubt" and "Frost/Nixon" lead the field with five apiece, which makes absolute sense - they're all polished, starry, classic awards-season fare.

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Aniston poses nude on January cover of GQ magazine

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Jennifer Aniston wears a tie - and nothing else - on the January cover of GQ magazine. The 39-year-old actress strips down and shows off her toned body next to the headline: "Is it just us or is Jennifer Aniston getting hotter?"

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HBO presentations top TV nominations

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Tina Fey, executives at HBO and the folks at "Mad Men" are among the television people with reason to smile following the Golden Globes nominations.

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Aw, nuts. Why won't my car start?

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Aw, nuts. That's likely what Hope Wideup thought when her car's turn signal and windshield wipers wouldn't work. It's also what she found later when she opened the hood. "There were thousands in there.

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Governors press Congress for state fiscal relief

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A trio of governors came to Capitol Hill on Thursday to plead with lawmakers for relief from crushing state fiscal woes caused by a huge slump in revenues as the recession deepens.

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Calif. set to adopt sweeping global warming plan

Updated: 12/11/2008 - California air regulators on Thursday were considering a new climate plan that would require the state's utilities, refineries and large factories to transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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In tough times more students feed on free lunches

Updated: 12/11/2008 - There is such a thing as a free lunch. And school districts across the country report that kids are eating many more of them as the flailing economy hits families hard.

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WTC survivor staircase moves again at ground zero

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The "survivors' staircase" that served as an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, found a permanent home at ground zero Thursday.

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Ambulance attendants accused of molesting patients

Updated: 12/11/2008 - They answer the call 24-7, often risking their own safety to rescue the sick and injured and rush them to the hospital. But some paramedics have been more predator than hero.

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Chicago workers end sit-in at closed factory

Updated: 12/11/2008 - With cheers and chants that echoed President-elect Barack Obama's campaign of change, jubilant workers agreed to a $1.75 million settlement that ends their six-day occupation of a shuttered Chicago factory that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.

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Illinois AG threatens to act soon against governor

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached by the Legislature.

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Obama confident staff clear in Ill. gov scandal

Updated: 12/11/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama declared Thursday he was "absolutely certain" his staff members engaged in no dealmaking concerning the filling of his former Senate seat, and he announced an investigation into whether they had contacts with anyone on the subject.

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Kan. Governor Receives Suspicious Letter

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office receives a suspicious letter containing powder. State capitols in Georgia and South Carolina received similar letters Thursday. Envelopes with suspicious powder also have been received by governors' offices in 12 other states this week.

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New Unemployment Claims Surge Unexpectedly

Updated: 12/11/2008 - New claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, exceeding even gloomy expectations for an economy stuck in a recession that seems to be deepening.

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AirTran to Serve New Branson Airport

Updated: 12/11/2008 - New airport, new patron. AirTran has become the first airline to serve Branson's new, privately developed and operated commercial airport.

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55 Reported Killed in Restaurant Suicide Bombing

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The attack struck a popular restaurant where Kurdish officials were meeting with Arab tribal leaders. The tribal leaders had been scheduled to meet with President Jalal Talabani after the lunch.

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