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Ill. Governor Expected to Name Obama Replacement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to name former state attorney general Roland Burris to Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat, setting up a challenge with congressional leaders who have already said they plan to reject anyone the governor picks.

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Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain

Updated: 12/30/2008 - It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?" Huh? Too noisy to hear!

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Thrice-built house embodies Haiti aid shortfalls

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The farmer camps in a crude tent of broken sandbags as he guards the foundation of his destroyed home and his last possessions: a pickax, a hoe and some charcoal.

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Ex-Army Engineer Pleads Guilty to Spy Charge

Updated: 12/30/2008 - An 85-year-old former Army mechanical engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that he passed classified documents to the Israelis in the 1970s and '80s.

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Remembering Shuttle Columbia's 7 Astronauts

Updated: 12/30/2008 - In a new report, NASA reviews the way the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed and how the astronauts died as part of an effort to design a better spacecraft for the future. Here is a look at the seven who perished Feb. 1, 2003.

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Japan auto sales plunge as young lose interest

Updated: 12/30/2008 - To get around the city, Yutaka Makino hops on his skateboard or rides commuter trains. Does he dream of the day when he has his own car? Not a chance.

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FAA, Southwest still negotiating on safety penalty

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Southwest Airlines is still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration over alleged safety violations four months after regulators gave the airline a deadline to pay a $10.2 million penalty.

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China's 3G rollout sets off sales scramble

Updated: 12/30/2008 - China is starting a long-delayed introduction of third-generation mobile phone service, setting off a politically charged scramble by foreign and Chinese equipment makers for up to $41 billion in orders.

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GM offers 0 pct financing in big sales push

Updated: 12/30/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will offer financing as low as zero percent over the next week for several 2008 and 2009 models as the automaker makes a big year-end sales push.

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Trial of Iraqi shoe thrower is postponed

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A court Tuesday postponed the trial of a journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush in anger over the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, an act of protest that made him an international celebrity.

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NASA reports graphic details of Columbia deaths

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A new NASA report says that the seat restraints, suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship broke apart, killing all seven astronauts.

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White House: Bush calls Abbas, discusses Gaza

Updated: 12/30/2008 - President George W. Bush and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in a telephone conversation Tuesday that if any new cease-fire agreement is to be effective in the Mideast, "it must be respected by Hamas," the White House said.

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Scientists Eye Unusual Swarm Of Yellowstone Quakes

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

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Girl Dies On Cold Walk; Dad Charged With Murder

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The father of an 11-year-old girl who died, likely of hypothermia, after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow on Christmas Day has been charged with second-degree murder and felony injury to a child.

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Report: Blagojevich to Pick Senate Replacement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has scheduled an afternoon news conference amid reports that he plans to name someone to Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

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NASA Reports Graphic Details of Columbia Deaths

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A new NASA report says that the seat restraints, suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship broke apart, killing all seven astronauts.

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Report: Blagojevich To Pick Senate Replacement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has scheduled an afternoon news conference amid reports that he plans to name someone to Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

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Russia: Law Signed to Extend Presidential Terms

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law extending presidential terms from four years to six on Tuesday in a move seen as paving the way for Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.

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Trying To Prevent Lymphedema After Breast Cancer

Updated: 12/30/2008 - While less invasive surgical techniques mean fewer breast cancer patients today than just a few years ago should face lymphedema, it's a lingering threat for tens of thousands of survivors because it can strike two decades after their tumor was treated.

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NASA reports graphic details of Columbia deaths

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A new NASA report says that the seat restraints, suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship broke apart, killing all seven astronauts.

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Wall Street gains as GMAC gets financing

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Wall Street showed more signs of stability Tuesday after Washington's latest lifeline to the auto industry bolstered hopes that the government will keep taking whatever steps are necessary to cut short the recession.

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GMAC Receives $5B In Bailout Funds

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Treasury Department said that it will provide $5 billion to GMAC Financial Services LLC, the ailing financing arm of General Motors Corp., in a move that's expected to stave off a bankruptcy protection filing at the company but also severely limit GM's control over it.

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December Consumer Confidence Drops To All-Time Low

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping unexpectedly in the face of layoffs and deteriorating markets for housing, stocks and other investments.

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