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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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Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries.

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Dick Clark, 79, is still rockin' New Year's Eve

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Four years after a stroke, Dick Clark is relishing the prospect of another New Year's Eve celebration, determined to appear for his 36th year in Times Square. And he's hardly surprised by the current state of the music industry he helped build — he predicted this, after all.

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Caroline Kennedy draws criticism after latest tour

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Caroline Kennedy's latest trip under the spotlight as a Senate hopeful didn't get much better reviews than her first. A New York Daily News columnist said "the wheels of the bandwagon are coming off."

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Israel Mulls Truce Offer On Day 4 Of Gaza Assault

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Israel is considering suspending its Gaza offensive to give Hamas militants an opening to halt their rocket fire, but the threat of a ground offensive remains if the truce does not hold, an Israeli defense official said Tuesday.

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Home prices post 18 percent annual drop in October

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Home prices dropped by the sharpest annual rate on record in October and there are no signs the housing pain is over, according to a closely watched index released Tuesday.

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Bonuses, elite rep help boost Marine numbers

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Buoyed by more recruiters, bigger bonuses and an elite reputation, the Marine Corps has grown by nearly 27,000 members in a little more than two years — half the time that military officials believed it would take.

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White House backs Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The White House, calling Monday for a lasting cease-fire in the Mideast, backed Israel's deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip and said the Islamic militant group ruling there had shown its "true colors as a terrorist organization."

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Bad Recycling: Pay Stub Used as Bank Robbery Note

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The robber's threatening note made a Chicago bank job easy to solve: The FBI says the suspect wrote it on his pay stub. An FBI affidavit said the man walked into a Fifth Third Bank on Friday and handed a teller a note that read "Be Quick Be Quit (sic). Give your cash or I'll shoot."

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Family: Missing Fla. woman likely jumped overboard

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A woman who went missing from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico might have jumped overboard, her family believes, but authorities are still investigating whether someone could have pushed her.

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Illinois Governor to Make Public Statement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Chicago Democrat has scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference Tuesday, but Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero declined to say what the governor plans to discuss.

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