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Greek youths hang protest banners from Acropolis

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Protesters hung giant banners off the Acropolis Wednesday calling for mass demonstrations across Europe, heaping embarrassment on a government reeling from Greece's worst riots in decades sparked by the police shooting of a teenager.

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Yahoo to shorten logs of user activity to 3 months

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that it will shorten the amount of time that it retains data about its users' online behavior - including Internet search records - to three months from 13 months and expand the range of data that it "anonymizes" after that period.

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Doctor gets 2 life sentences in UK bomb plot

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A doctor who led failed car bomb attacks in Britain in revenge for U.S.-led military action in his family's native Iraq was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

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Indiana students hurt in school bus crash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A school bus carrying as many as 60 middle school and high school students on an icy road collided with a car Wednesday morning and landed on its side in a central Indiana farm field, the sheriff said. Dozens of children were hurt but authorities said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

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Russian treason bill could target Kremlin critics

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, people who fraternized with foreigners or criticized the Kremlin were "enemies of the people" and sent to the gulag. Now there's new legislation backed by Vladimir Putin's government that human rights activists say could throw Russia back to the days of the Great Terror.

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Charity's red kettles can yield odd treasures

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The volunteer emptying Salvation Army kettles in southwest Florida recently came across something that stood out from the piles of spare change and crumpled up bills: a 1911 Liberty Eagle gold coin worth around $1,000.

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Iraqi parliament in turmoil over shoe tosser

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Chaos erupted in Iraq's parliament Wednesday over the jailing of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, with lawmakers loyal to a radical anti-American cleric demanding his freedom. The parliament speaker responded by threatening to resign.

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Ex-NJ lawmaker faces child porn charges

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A former lawmaker who resigned after images of a naked girl were reportedly found in his office has been charged with reproducing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Questions surround firm that handled Madoff audit

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The office for Bernard Madoff's sole auditor exudes anything but wealth and intrigue: It is next door to a pediatrician in a drab suburban building. The tiny storefront is discreetly labeled "Friehling & Horowitz" on its single glass door.

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Obama picks Vilsack, Salazar for Cabinet

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Pushing to fill his Cabinet, President-elect Barack Obama announced Wednesday his choices of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be agriculture secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to lead the Interior Department.

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Court Rejects Blagojevich Challenge

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's fitness to hold office.

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Questions surround firm that handled Madoff audit

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The office for Bernard Madoff's sole auditor exudes anything but wealth and intrigue: It is next door to a pediatrician in a drab suburban building. The tiny storefront is discreetly labeled "Friehling & Horowitz" on its single glass door.

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Indiana students hurt in school bus crash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - A school bus carrying as many as 60 middle school and high school students on an icy road collided with a car Wednesday morning and landed on its side in a central Indiana farm field, the sheriff said.

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Blagojevich attorney challenges impeachment panel

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants some lawmakers removed from the panel that will recommend whether the governor should be impeached. Attorney Ed Genson said some committee members have made public comments indicating they've already made up their minds.

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Company to pay millions in fatal Big Dig collapse

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Prosecutors will drop a manslaughter charge against the only company charged in the fatal Big Dig tunnel collapse after the epoxy maker agreed to pay $16 million to settle a lawsuit.

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Charity's red kettles can yield odd treasures

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The volunteer emptying Salvation Army kettles in southwest Florida recently came across something that stood out from the piles of spare change and crumpled up bills: a 1911 Liberty Eagle gold coin worth around $1,000.

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Heart found on floor of the Paw Paw car wash

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Investigators are trying to determine if a heart found at on the floor of a southwestern Michigan car wash is from a human or an animal. The heart will be examined at a Lansing hospital's forensics services division.

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Bush says 'no debate' about his keeping US safe

Updated: 12/17/2008 - President George W. Bush, ever focused on his legacy, said Wednesday "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack. Evoking harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said virtually no one could have predicted back then that the country would not be hit again for the rest of his presidency.

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