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Cheney says no one saw financial crisis coming

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Vice President Dick Cheney says that his boss, President George W. Bush, has no need to apologize to the American people for not doing more to head off the financial calamity, saying no one saw the crisis coming.

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Official: Attack on US patrol kills 5

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A suicide bomber struck U.S. troops patrolling on foot in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least two soldiers and three civilians and wounding at least nine others, officials said.

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China's jobless migrants go home early for holiday

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Some hefted their luggage on bamboo shoulder poles. Others carried their things in plastic buckets. All were migrant workers hurrying to get home Thursday before China's Lunar New Year festival - a holiday that triggers one of the world's biggest annual migrations of humans.

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How many scorpions? London Zoo does critter count

Updated: 01/08/2009 - How do you count scorpions? Very gingerly, it turns out. "You use tongs and pick them up by the stinger," London Zoo senior keeper Tony Dobbs said. "You avoid the pincers at all costs. You could get a nasty nick if you're not counting carefully."

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Arabs, West agree on elements of Gaza resolution

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Key Arab nations and Western powers reached agreement Thursday on key elements of a U.N. resolution calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between Hamas militants and Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, the head of the Arab League said.

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UN: 257 Palestinian children killed in Gaza

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Tiny bodies lying side by side wrapped in white burial shrouds. The cherubic face of a dead preschooler sticking up from the rubble of her home. A man cradling a wounded boy in a chaotic emergency room after Israel shelled a U.N. school.

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EU, Russia strike deal on monitoring gas flow

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The European Union said Thursday that gas supplies should restart after it struck a deal with Russia on supervising the flow of gas through Ukraine.

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Fatal police shooting sparks violent protests

Updated: 01/08/2009 - In grainy cell-phone videos played over and over on the Internet, police officers force an unarmed black man to the ground and hold him face-down on a crowded train platform.

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Illinois' Burris is a man of high ambition

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Roland Burris has erected a grand mausoleum for himself, carved with the words "TRAIL BLAZER" and a long list of his accomplishments, with a space left for his more recent achievements. That gap could soon be filled in with "U.S. Senator."

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Court strikes down federal sex offender law

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Congress overstepped its authority when it enacted a law allowing the federal government to hold sex offenders in custody indefinitely beyond the end of their prison terms, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

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Search abandoned for NJ baby's body, lost in trash

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Police who searched dumps in three states for the remains of a baby thrown out in a Jersey City hospital's trash gave up Thursday, saying they had little chance of success.

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Search Continues for Man in Missouri River

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The search continues for John Paul Forget, a Kansas college student who fell into the Missouri River on his way home for holiday break.

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LA judge hears bid to dismiss MySpace conviction

Updated: 01/08/2009 - An attorney for a woman convicted in a MySpace hoax directed at a teen who ended up committing suicide asked a judge to dismiss her convictions Thursday, saying a computer-fraud law was improperly used to prosecute her.

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Man accused of urinating on bouncer at Alaska bar

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A 22-year-old Fairbanks man was arrested for allegedly urinating on a bouncer at a bar on Sunday morning. The bouncer at Kodiak Jack's told police that he was trying to remove another man from the bar for causing a disruption.

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Boeing Plane Deliveries Fall 15 Pct in 2008

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Boeing delivered about 15 percent fewer airplanes in 2008 compared with the previous year as a strike forced the temporary closure of its commercial aircraft operations.

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Wichita Loses 1,300 Jobs in 1 Year

Updated: 01/08/2009 - People in Wichita are feeling the effects of the slumping economy. The Labor Department says the state's largest city lost thirteen hundred jobs between November 2007 and November of last year.

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Walgreen Will Cut 1,000 Management Jobs in 2009

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. says it will cut 1,000 jobs this year, or about 9 percent of corporate management, through a combination of voluntary buyouts and layoffs.

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Macy's to Close 11 Stores

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Macy's announced it will close 11 stores in nine state. The Topeka store will not be affected.

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NY man demands estranged wife pay him for kidney

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A Long Island surgeon embroiled in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, although he says he'll settle for $1.5 million in compensation.

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Search abandoned for NJ baby's body, lost in trash

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Police who searched dumps in three states for the remains of a baby thrown out in a Jersey City hospital's trash gave up Thursday, saying they had little chance of success.

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Fugitive Alabama cop to be sent back from Vegas

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A fugitive police sergeant said Thursday he won't contest being sent back to Alabama, where he's accused of faking his abduction, stealing evidence money and flying to Las Vegas to try to win enough money to pay off personal debts.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking from Fort

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A Kansas City man pleads guilty to a federal cyberstalking charge for sending the woman harassing e-mails and posting bogus Web ads inviting men to her home.

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Firefighters gain ground on wildfire near Denver

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Thousands of evacuated residents, including former FEMA chief Michael D. Brown, were allowed to return to their homes Thursday after firefighters partially contained a wildfire near Denver that destroyed two houses and several outbuildings.

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