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Vietnam imposes new blogging restrictions

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Vietnam has approved new regulations banning bloggers from discussing subjects the government deems sensitive or inappropriate and requiring them to limit their writings to personal issues.

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Tina Fey voted AP Entertainer of the Year

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

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Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Get ready for the geek-in-chief. President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign.

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Bethlehem adapts to life in shadow of Israeli wall

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Claire Anastas' house is surrounded on three sides by a gray cement wall. Israel's separation barrier has forced the family to close its car repair business because customers can no longer get there.

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Stocks mixed in light, Christmas Eve trading

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Wall Street was narrowly mixed Wednesday in light holiday trading after the government released downbeat, but unsurprising, readings on U.S. joblessness and consumer spending.

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More snow, ice vexes travelers in northern states

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Hundreds of holiday travelers spent the night in the nation's second busiest airport and others faced delayed or canceled flights and highways choked by snow and ice as storms kept up their assault on northern states.

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Police: Dallas shooting suspect had troubled past

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of fatal rush-hour shootings near Dallas had an addiction to painkillers and a warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with a recent robbery, according to Texas and Utah authorities.

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Ho, ho, no: Toymakers say lead law harms workshops

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Worries over lead paint in mass-market toys made the holidays a little brighter for handcrafted toy makers last year, but now the federal government's response to the scare has some workshops fearful that this Christmas might be their last.

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Topeka Burglar Caught in the Act

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Topeka Police arrest a burglar late Tuesday night inside a home after he had allegedly broken into two cars. The suspect is also wante on a felony warrant in Texas.

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Gillett Evernham scales back Nationwide program

Updated: 12/24/2008 - STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Gillett Evernham Motorsports will layoff about 65 employees in several departments as part of scaling back its Nationwide Series program next season.

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NASCAR testing drivers for doping next month

Updated: 12/24/2008 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs next month under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications.

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Many suffered from anti-gay violence in 2008

Updated: 12/24/2008 - From a series of street bashings in Seattle to the baseball bat murder of an Ecuadorean immigrant in New York, episodes of anti-gay violence punctuated a year now ending with police investigating the alleged gang rape of a lesbian near San Francisco.

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Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix canceled

Updated: 12/24/2008 - DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has been canceled because of economic problems in Michigan and the country, the latest setback in the sport rocked by sponsorship woes and a series of cutbacks and layoffs.

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Huge water main break traps motorists on Md. road

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A massive, aging water main ruptured Tuesday and sent a wave of water down a suburban Washington road, transforming the street into a raging river and trapping nine motorists who had to be rescued from the frigid deluge by emergency workers in helicopters and boats.

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Texas ranchers, farmers struggling after Ike

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Her boots, jeans and sweat shirt splattered with mud, Janet Lagow Lewis stretched barbed wire across metal posts, rebuilding a portion of her 38 miles of fencing that Hurricane Ike washed away.

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Lawyer: Ex-official pleased with NASCAR settlement

Updated: 12/24/2008 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The former official who filed a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against NASCAR is very pleased with her settlement and looking forward to moving on, her attorney said Friday. Maurica Grant reached a confidential settlement with NASCAR following 12 hours of mediation earlier this month in New York. The session was suggested by U.S. District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts after the first court appearance in what was expected to be a yearslong battle between the two sides.

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Davis sells NASCAR team, engine company

Updated: 12/24/2008 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Just a month removed from his first NASCAR championship, but hampered by the current economic crisis, owner Bill Davis has sold his race team and engine company.

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Utah custody fight complicated by tribal law

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Heather and Clint Larson hoped they'd be spending Christmas with a newly adopted 6-month-old boy. Instead, after a monthslong court battle, the couple had to hand him over to representatives of the birth mother's American Indian tribe and watch him being driven away.

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Blagojevich questioning takes up Obama's time

Updated: 12/24/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team was involved in any eye-popping dealmaking over filling his vacated Senate seat. Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed.

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More snow, ice vexes travelers in northern states

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Hundreds of holiday travelers spent the night in the nation's second busiest airport and others faced delayed or canceled flights and highways choked by snow and ice as storms kept up their assault on northern states.

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