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Celebrities, music stars hosting inaugural ball

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roll out the red carpet! Paparazzi, ready your cameras! Hollywood and rock stars are bringing their own razzle-dazzle to President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Italian police: Rocker stabbed, band members held

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ROME (AP) -- The singer in a teen gothic metal band and her brother allegedly stabbed the band's guitarist dozens of times because he did not play well enough, Italian police and a lawyer said Friday.

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Springsteen memorabilia returned to NJ library

Updated: 12/12/2008 - More than 1,100 pieces of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia have been returned to the Asbury Park Public Library in New Jersey after library officials filed a police complaint against the men who had taken out the items.

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Movies see magic in Coco Chanel

Updated: 12/12/2008 - PARIS (AP) -- A young Coco Chanel, dressed in a sober black dress and snug-fitting cloche hat, strides briskly past a dinosaur skeleton and greets a man in a dark suit, who stiffly clutches a bouquet of flowers.

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Report: Del Toro won't make another film in Mexico

Updated: 12/12/2008 - MEXICO CITY (AP) -- "Hellboy" director Guillermo del Toro says he is unlikely to make another film in Mexico because his father's kidnapping 10 years ago left him fearing for his safety, a newspaper has reported.

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Gould's field goal in OT lifts Bears over Saints

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Robbie Gould raced over to his tee on the Chicago Bears sideline after the New Orleans Saints tried to ice him with a timeout in overtime Thursday night. After a practice kick, Gould walked back onto the field and booted the Saints out of Soldier Field with another devastating loss. He connected from 35 yards on Chicago's first possession of overtime, lifting the Bears to a 27-24 victory that boosted their playoff hopes.

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1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

Updated: 12/12/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

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Did Obama team have contact with Ill. governor?

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Barack Obama insists he didn't have any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or anyone else who might have been scheming to sell the president-elect's U.S. Senate seat. But he has not yet given his transition staff the same clean bill of health - perhaps with good reason.

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Greek protesters clash with riot police in Athens

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek youths hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police in Athens on Friday, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas. Despite seven straight days of unrest, Greece's prime minister rebuffed calls to resign and hold early elections.

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Calls to impeach embattled Illinois governor grow

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- As calls for his impeachment intensified, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened his front door to let three clergymen into his home on Friday, waving to the media before returning inside.

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Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change

Updated: 12/12/2008 - POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe droughts, floods and other effects of global warming.

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Stocks extend losses amid worries about automakers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street saw early selling pressure ease Friday following word from the Treasury Department that it would step in to prevent a collapse of the nation's Big Three automakers. Stocks came off their early lows but selling continued for a second session.

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Retail sales, wholesale prices fall again in Nov.

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers reduced their spending at retail stores again in November while the costs of goods before they reach store shelves also continued to drop, more bad signs in a recession that appears to be deepening.

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White House considers help for car makers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Worried about the weakening economy, the Bush administration said it was ready to step in and prevent the U.S. auto industry from collapsing after the Senate refused to pass a rescue bill endorsed by President George W. Bush and congressional Democrats. The most obvious source of help was the Wall Street bailout fund.

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Commission agrees to cut tuna catches in Pacific

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A commercial fishing commission agreed Friday to cut the catches of bigeye tuna in parts of the Pacific Ocean, a small step in an effort to save a threatened species that is a favorite among sushi lovers.

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6 alleged Islamic extremists charged in Belgium

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Belgian authorities on Friday charged six suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists with membership in a terrorist group, including a woman whose husband was involved in the assassination of Afghanistan's top anti-Taliban warlord shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

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AP Interview: General says Iraq work far from over

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's security forces must develop intelligence, battlefield medicine and logistics before they can stand on their own, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said.

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