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Fla. woman claims 'Merry Christmas' got her fired

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A Christian woman claims she was fired from her job because she greeted callers with "Merry Christmas," but the vacation rental company says it's no Scrooge and the woman is just a disgruntled employee.

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Amazon says 2008 Holiday Season was 'Best Ever'

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that the 2008 holiday season was the online retailer's "best ever," with more than 6.3 million items ordered and 5.6 million units shipped during its peak day on Dec. 15.

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Sultry `Santa Baby' singer Eartha Kitt dies at 81

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Eartha Kitt, the self-proclaimed "sex kitten" whose sultry voice and catlike purr attracted fans even as she neared 80, has died. The singer, dancer and actress was 81.

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For Obama, huge challenges vs. big assets

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Barack Obama will inherit two wars and the worst economic conditions in three generations when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.

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Retailers slash prices to entice holiday shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Shoppers hit the stores early Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

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Stocks up after GMAC Lifeline, Dip in Retail Sales

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Wall Street rose modestly in light post-holiday trading Friday, but was still cautious about embarking on a year-end rally following dreary preliminary readings on holiday spending.

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Victim of Hutchinson Christmas Slaying was Mother of 3

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Police said Stephen Jones was arrested without incident Thursday at a family member's home in Hutchinson. He's being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Sabrina Jones.

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Man in Santa Suit Kills 8, Self on Christmas Eve

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A man dressed as Santa in California and carrying what appeared to a present pulled out a handgun and shot an 8 year ole in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as partygoers tried to flee.

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Gov's Lawyer Asks Panel To Subpoena Obama Staff

Updated: 12/26/2008 - In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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3 Chinese Navy Ships Leave For Somalia

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Chinese warships - armed with special forces, guided missiles and helicopters - set sail Friday for anti-piracy duty off Somalia, the first time the communist nation has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so far beyond its territorial waters.

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Homeland Security Forecasts 5-Year Terror Threats

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

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Asian Markets Mixed in Quiet Holiday Trade

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Asian markets were mixed in quiet holiday trade Friday amid new evidence that companies and consumers alike were struggling as the global economy slumps.

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Pakistan Moves Troops Toward Indian Border

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India on Friday amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said.

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Man In Santa Suit Kills 8, Self On Christmas Eve

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The bloodbath began when an 8-year-old girl attending a Christmas Eve party answered a knock at the door. A man dressed as Santa and carrying what appeared to a present pulled out a handgun and shot her in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as partygoers tried to flee.

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Stock Futures up Slightly following GMAC Lifeline

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Wall Street headed for a moderately higher open Friday, but was still cautious about embarking on a year-end rally following dreary preliminary readings on holiday spending.

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Retailers Slash Prices to Entice Holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - NEW YORK – Bargain-hunters hit the stores early Friday to take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

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Oil Rebounds From Sharp Fall In Previous Session

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Oil prices rebounded to above $36 a barrel Friday as key OPEC members were seen complying with promised output cuts, but investors were still braced for more signs that the global economic slowdown deepened in the fourth quarter.

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Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Bargain-hunters hit the stores early Friday to take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

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Oil Rebounds from Sharp Fall in Previous Session

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Oil prices rebounded to above $36 a barrel Friday as key OPEC members were seen complying with promised output cuts, but investors were still braced for more signs that the global economic slowdown deepened in the fourth quarter.

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Kennedy, in Senate Bid, Hasn't Shared Finances

Updated: 12/25/2008 - At this time last year, Caroline Kennedy was promoting "A Family Christmas," her collection of essays that featured the memory of her father letting her use the White House switchboard to call Santa.

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Obamas Spend Low-profile Christmas in Hawaii

Updated: 12/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama spent a private Christmas Day with family and close friends, continuing a vacation that has been remarkable for how low-key he and aides have kept it.

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Amateurs are Trying Genetic Engineering at Home

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

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Harold Pinter: A Master of the Sound of Silence

Updated: 12/25/2008 - No one made the sound of silence more ominously theatrical than Harold Pinter. The influential British playwright, who died Christmas Eve after a long battle with cancer, created unforgettable moments of quiet, often filled with terror, outrage or the blackest of humor.

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