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Alaska Pulls Plug on Snowzilla the Giant Snowman

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Snowzilla is no more. Municipal officials in Anchorage have given a cease-and-desist order to builders of the giant snowman that made appearances the last three years in an east Anchorage neighborhood.

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Feds Cut Flights at NYC's LaGuardia

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Federal aviation authorities are cutting the number of hourly flights at LaGuardia Airport as they try to address the worst major airport delays in the country.

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US Warns Russia Against Selling Missiles to Iran

Updated: 12/22/2008 - U.S. officials say they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran. The U.S. insists such a move could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Poor Economy Spurs Holiday Travel Deals

Updated: 12/22/2008 - AAA forecasts 63.9 million Americans to travel during Christmas holidays; third largest Christmas holiday travel volume since 2000

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New Wynn Resort, Encore, Opens in Vegas

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Entrepreneur Steve Wynn has opened a new $2.3 billion resort and casino in Las Vegas called Encore, with an Italian restaurant themed on the late crooner Frank Sinatra.

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$1.6B Of Bank Bailout Went To Execs

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals.

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Big Chill Freezes Travelers Nationwide

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Heavily bundled Midwesterners were shuffling quickly from place to place in a bid to spend as little time as possible outside in bone-chilling, subzero cold that was expected to last through Monday morning.

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5 convicted of plotting to kill Fort Dix soldiers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Five Muslim immigrants were convicted Monday of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in a case that tested the FBI's post-Sept. 11 strategy of infiltrating and breaking up terrorist conspiracies in their earliest stages. The men could get life in prison when they are sentenced in April.

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Lonely man jumps into polar bear's cage in Berlin

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said. The 37-year-old man jumped over a fence into a water-filled ditch at the edge of the bear's enclosure Monday morning, police said in a statement.

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Repair crews reach damaged cables in Mediterranean

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A robotic submarine searched beneath the Mediterranean on Sunday for damaged communications cables, two days after Web and telephone access was knocked out for much of the Middle East.

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Alleged Arms Dealer Tries to Evade Handover to US

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A Russian businessman dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly arming dictators and guerrillas sought Monday to prevent his extradition to the U.S., telling a Thai court he was not involved in a scheme to sell weapons to Colombian rebels.

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Medicaid applicants grow as recession widens

Updated: 12/22/2008 - That day in July was one that Tammy Morse won't soon forget. Five months earlier, her husband lost his job as a recruiter for the financial services industry. Once the family savings were gone, the mother of two from Stratford, Conn., saw no way to get health insurance coverage for her family other than to apply for Medicaid.

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Chavez Orders Halt to Construction of Caracas Mall

Updated: 12/22/2008 - President Hugo Chavez says he was heading through downtown Caracas when he was shocked by the sight of a huge, nearly finished shopping mall amid the high-rise offices and apartments. "They had already built a monster there," Chavez said. "I passed by there just recently and said, 'What is this? My God!'"

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Got the flu? CDC says Tamiflu may not be much help

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The medical arsenal against the flu just got weaker. Government health officials said Friday that a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year.

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Avoiding the Painkiller-Overuse Rut in Migraines

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Those pain pills you think help your migraines? Take too many and you could make them worse. Overusing painkillers can spin migraine patients into a rut, spurring more headaches that in turn require more pain medication.

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US Military Buildup in Afghanistan Taking Form

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The Pentagon is poised to announce the deployment of at least one more combat brigade to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, as the expected force buildup of U.S. soldiers and Marines begins to take form.

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Israelis Unearth Byzantine Gold Hoard

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Israeli archaeologists said they have unearthed more than 250 gold coins from the seventh century on the edge of Jerusalem's walled Old City. A British tourist volunteering at the dig discovered the trove on Sunday.

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Obama to Release Review on Blagojevich Contacts

Updated: 12/22/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama plans to reveal on Tuesday his staff's conversations with the Illinois governor accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat, transition officials said Monday.

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Iraqi PM: Shoe-Thrower Blames Throat-Slitter

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved Monday to undermine the popularity of the Iraqi who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, saying the journalist confessed that the mastermind of the attack was a militant known for slitting his victims' throats.

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Mom Accused of Smoking Marijuana With Teen Kids

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A 39-year-old woman was arrested last week on suspicion of smoking marijuana with her two teenage children. Douglas County sheriff's deputies said the woman was detained after they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Deputies said the woman told them that she was teaching her son to drive, but they smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

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