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Mass. Man Melting Snow With Blowtorch Ignites Home

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Fire officials in New Bedford, Mass., say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage.

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Odd Bumping Noise Heard on Denver Plane's Tape

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Investigators trying to determine why a Continental Airlines plane veered off a runway and skidded into a ravine heard an odd bumping and rattling noise on the flight's recorders shortly before it tried to take off.

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Crunch Time For Struggling Retailers

Updated: 12/23/2008 - This holiday shopping season may turn out to be the worst in decades. So retailers are doing whatever they can to get shoppers into their stores.

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Water Main Break Swamps D.C. Drivers

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Rescuers scrambled helicopters and boats to pull commuters from frigid floodwaters unleashed by a massive water main break Tuesday on a commuter road just outside Washington.

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Manhunt On For Texas Highway Shooter

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Police are searching a gunman in a pickup truck who is suspected of killing two people and injuring another in a series of rush hour shootings on Dallas-area roads.

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Kansas Teen Sentenced in Dad's Shooting Death

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A Kansas Eagle Scout has been put under the care of the state juvenile authority for an indefinite period of time in the shooting death of his father.

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Economy Declined 0.5% in Third Quarter

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The economy was shrinking in the summer and corporate profits were falling even before the financial crisis struck with full force.

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Official says Calif. Could be Broke in 2 Months

Updated: 12/23/2008 - California's chief financial officer warned Monday that the state would run out of money in about two months as hopes of a Christmas budget compromise melted into political finger-pointing by the end of the day.

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Wall Street Points to Moderately Higher Open

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Wall Street pointed to a moderately higher open Tuesday as investors awaited reports on the nation's housing industry and the broader economy.

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More Companies Lining Up for Piece of Bailout Fund

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A trio of reports due out Tuesday are expected to paint a bleak picture of the nation's housing market and the broader economy, as the deepening recession sends more companies lining up for a piece of the government's $700 billion bailout fund.

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Odd Bumping Noise Heard On Denver Plane Tape

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Investigators trying to determine why a Continental Airlines plane veered off a runway and skidded into a ravine heard an odd bumping and rattling noise on the flight's recorders shortly before it tried to take off.

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Oil Below $40 on Fears of Weaker Crude Demand

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Oil prices fell below $40 a barrel Tuesday, adding to a sharp drop overnight, on concerns that energy demand is evaporating in the face of a severe global economic slowdown.

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Chinese Court Rejected Parents' Earthquake Lawsuit

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A court in southwestern China has rejected a lawsuit filed by a group of parents seeking compensation for the deaths of their children when their classrooms crumbled during a devastating earthquake in May, one of the parents said Tuesday.

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PM Says Guinea's Government Has Not Been Dissolved

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Guinea's prime minister says his government has not been dissolved, contradicting reports of a military coup. Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare says in a state broadcast that he was speaking from his office and that his government "continues to function as it should."

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