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President Bush Has an MRI on Shoulder

Updated: 12/22/2008 - President George W. Bush had an MRI of his left shoulder on Monday in an attempt to understand why he has experienced pain recently.

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Environmental Groups Sue Over EPA Mining Rule

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Monday, trying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from changing a rule they say keeps mining waste from entering mountain streams.

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Ho-Ho-Ho, You're on Stage ... at Airport Karaoke

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Tis the season for red-capped Santas and red-nosed reindeers. Sleigh bells ringing and snowflakes glistening. Stockings carefully hung and yuletide carols being sung ... in an airport terminal. With a karaoke machine.

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University of Chicago to Allow Co-Ed Dorm Rooms

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The University of Chicago is joining a nationwide trend of allowing male and female students to live not just on the same dorm floor, but in the same dorm room.

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Where'd The Bailout Cash Go? It's A Secret

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Think you could borrow money from a bank without saying what you were going to do with it? Well, apparently when banks borrow from you they don't feel the same need to say how the money is spent.

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Toyota Posts 1st Operating Loss In 70 Yrs.

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will report the first operating loss in 70 years, acknowledging that after a decade of rapid growth it can no longer escape the slowdown plaguing the global auto industry.

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Cop Pleads Not Guilty In Boy's Uzi Death

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A police chief in western Massachusetts pleaded not guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show.

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Arabs Lavish Jewels on Secretary of State Rice

Updated: 12/22/2008 - President George W. Bush's foreign policies may be unpopular in the Middle East, but Arab leaders showered his top diplomat with jewelry worth far more than a quarter of a million dollars last year.

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Two 4,300-Year-Old Tombs Unveiled Near Cairo

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A pair of 4,300-year-old pharaonic tombs discovered at Saqqara indicate that the sprawling necropolis south of Cairo is even larger than previously thought, Egypt's top archaeologist said Monday.

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5 Found Guilty In Fort Dix Terror Plot

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Five Muslim immigrants were convicted Monday of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in a case the government said demonstrated its post-Sept. 11 determination to stop terrorist attacks in the planning stages.

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Crime Prevention Tips From Famous Thief

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Former con artist turned FBI employee Frank Abagnale has come a long way from his conniving and clever youth - a story so compelling that even Steven Spielberg couldn't pass it up.

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Border Patrol Expands Role In North

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The note from U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan to the U.S. Border Patrol was short and to the point: Stop sending petty marijuana cases to his office.

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Amid Chaos, Passengers Remained Calm

Updated: 12/22/2008 - What seemed like a typical takeoff turned into a near-tragic disaster Saturday night in Denver. However, as passengers witnessed their plane burst into flames after it crashed on the runway, the scene inside the cabin remained calm, according to a survivor.

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Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Would Do It Again

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Stocks Slip as Toyota Cuts Profit Outlook

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Wall Street began a holiday-shortened week cautiously Monday, slipping as investors reacted to a bleak outlook from Toyota Motor Corp. and disappointing earnings from drugstore operator Walgreen Co.

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Boom in Music Video Games Helps Original Artists

Updated: 12/22/2008 - "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhead.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Updated: 12/22/2008 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Manslaughter Charges brought in ground zero fire

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted on manslaughter charges in the 2007 deaths of two firefighters at the former Deutsche Bank tower at New York City's ground zero.

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Hairdressers Want Chance to Style First Lady

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Hair salon owner Barry Fletcher sent Michelle Obama a 17-minute DVD about himself. Hairdresser Keith Harley uploaded his resume to President-elect Barack Obama's Web site. And salon owner Nicole Cober-Blake plans to get her name in by sending a welcome basket with bath gels, hair products and a robe.

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Music industry drops effort to sue song swappers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers' access if they ignore repeated warnings.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Updated: 12/22/2008 - LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) -- The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't. Lock Haven, a community of 9,000, is home to Kim Saar, a staunch "Republican all the way" who backed McCain and wonders how an Obama presidency could play out. Kim Saar, who - in the latest chapter of a 216-year American political tradition - supports the outcome of an election that didn't go her way. "It's the way society is," says Saar, an underwriter for American Dream Mortgages just off Main Street. "We were all raised to accept it." After so many months of rancor and debate, of Americans dividing into political tribes and demonizing the other guy, the days following a presidential election can be odd ones. Applying brakes to the trajectory of campaign fervor and deciding when Republicans and Democrats become simply Americans again is an intricate, delicate process. Yet for all the extended bluster, reconciling after casting our votes is something we do well and in a calm manner envied by the rest of the world. Kind of astounding for a nation that built itself from scratch in 1776 by violently separating from a monarch's rule. "It's still amazing that one day Bush will leave the White House and go home and be a private citizen, and Obama will be president, and there will not be a revolution in the streets," says presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book "Team of Rivals" chronicled Abraham Lincoln's efforts to create post-election unity by including political adversaries in his Cabinet. The alternative is bloodshed. In Zimbabwe, for example, the ugly, violent aftermath of presidential elections this year has pushed the country even further into chaos. The list goes on: Macedonia. East Timor. The Philippines. Kenya. Here, though, the first moments after the outcome was certain on Election Night were filled with the language of reconciliation so absent in the campaign's heated final weeks. Obama was generous in victory, McCain gracious and eloquent in defeat. The message: country first. Said the winner: "In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. ... While the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress." Said the loser: "It's natural, tonight, to feel some disappointment. But tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again." In short order, President Bush invited the Obamas to the White House. Transition teams kicked into gear. No one took up arms. Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "The View," who ardently supported McCain, said she would "jump in that line and support our president." With scattered ugly exceptions, playing nice swiftly became the dominant narrative - even more so at a moment when a war overseas and hard times at home can grease the wheels of unity. "We express ourselves and we move on. And I don't think America is a particularly angry nation. There's an awful lot of value placed on community and commonality," says Sheenah Hankin, a New York City psychotherapist who studies conflict resolution. The amity probably won't last, though. Nor should it. Gathering around the national campfire to sing "Kumbaya" would be neither realistic nor beneficial to the national interest. The campaign's gaping divides revealed fundamental divisions in American society - how we should run the economy, how we should interact with the world, what role government has in people's lives. That requires, in the words of former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, "competing in that typical American way, which is hard-fought." "You fight for your position. It's what our founding fathers intended," Powell said on CNN the day after Election Day. "They wanted a clash of ideas, and from that clash of ideas the people are informed and the people make their choice." We can't live with us, can't live without us. At times, the juxtaposition of spluttering invective and community warmth gives America the feel of a dysfunctional family - Mom and Dad arguing, then making nice in front of the kids. And, in fact, it kind of is. "Some things were said that probably shouldn't have been said," says Howard Markman, co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver. "That's exactly what people do in marital conflicts. We assassinate each other's character, we throw zingers. But most people want to save their marriages," he says. "What makes for a healthy, successful marriage also makes for a healthy, successful country." Rapprochement may not always be overt, but it is present. In Lock Haven, for example, folks report that in the days leading up to the election, campaign signs for both sides were everywhere and things were kind of tense. On Friday, a drive in town and outlying rural areas revealed conversations about how glad everyone was that the election was over, and just five lawn signs remained - two for Obama, two for McCain and one for "Free Kittens." It's hard to quantify why this is. It may be because, unlike many nations, ours is an experiment founded specifically to chase dreams and shape ideals of self-determination. We may be of, by and for the people, but the notion is embedded deep in the American identity that it's about more than just one guy or one election. For a society obsessed with outcomes, perhaps we revere process more than we know. Goodwin, the historian, went out to dinner Thursday night at a favorite restaurant in Massachusetts and was speaking to the proprietor, a spirited Republican and McCain backer who had been fretting in recent weeks as it became more apparent that his man might not prevail. And when McCain didn't, and Obama appeared before Democratic faithful at that park in Chicago, the restaurant owner watched, listened - and wept. "He found himself stunned," Goodwin says. "There was that moment of thinking, `Maybe it's going to be OK.'"

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Oracle still looks strong despite 2Q earnings dip

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Oracle Corp.'s earnings are weakening for the first time in years, but the business software maker still may be in reasonably good shape despite the economy's terrible condition.

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