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World Watches As Gaza Violence Flares

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters stood under pouring rain Monday to protest Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip, now into its third day.

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Dozens Killed In Machete Attack In Congo

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Attackers wielding machetes hacked to death dozens of people at a church in remote eastern Congo, witnesses said Monday, and the Ugandan army accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of the massacre.

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Pilot Killed In Marine Jet Crash In N.C.

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A Marine fighter jet crashed Monday about a mile short of a runway at an eastern North Carolina air base, killing the pilot, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

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China's Tainted Milk Trial Opens

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Nine people went on trial Monday in connection with China's tainted milk scandal, state media reported, following the announcement of steps to compensate the families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated infant formula.

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N. Korea Ups Effort To Portray Healthy Kim

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Kim Jong Il attended a concert by North Korea's state orchestra, state media said Monday, the latest official report to portray the reclusive leader as healthy amid speculation he suffered a stroke in August.

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Researcher Says Jell-O May Eliminate Lake Trout

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A researcher at Montana State University said Jell-O, ultrasound, microwaves and electroshocking are among the possible solutions to eliminate lake trout in Yellowstone National Park.

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No Records, But Hollywood Can't Gripe

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.

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Black Teen Homicides On Rise, Study Finds

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Black teenagers are killing each other in rising numbers as part of a troubling trend that has been masked by a falling crime rate in the United States, according to a new study released Monday by Northeastern University.

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Scenic Pakistani valley falls to Taliban militants

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region far from the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.

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Flooding the latest weather threat in Midwest

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Utilities in Michigan scrambled Monday to restore power knocked out by a gusty weekend storm as rain and melting snow caused flooding there and in other parts of the Midwest. About 162,000 customers were without electricity in Michigan, down from more than 400,000 on Sunday, according to the state's utilities. Some could remain without power until Wednesday because of Sunday's storm, which carried winds gusting more than 60 mph.

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Analysis: Israel keeps objectives vague

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel has dropped tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented show of force to make Hamas stop rocket attacks, but it has not said it will try to topple the Islamic militants who have ruled the territory for 18 months.

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E-shopping site to open in China for Japan goods

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A new Internet shopping mall is opening in China next month that will take payments in the widely used China UnionPay Co. cards for Japanese products, company officials said Friday.

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FDA approves new prostate cancer drug

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Federal regulators on Monday said they have approved the first new drug to treat prostate cancer in four years.

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Country Doctor of Year: 50 years of house calls

Updated: 12/29/2008 - In this sleepy country town, which sprang up around a railroad junction and the start of the Chisholm trail, folks give out their phone numbers by the last four digits, the annual Tom-Tom festival culminates with the crowning of the Tomato King and Queen, and everybody knows Doc Watson.

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Postal Service lifts curtain on next year's stamps

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck.

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Kids Compete in Art Contest

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kickapoo Reservation have joined a competition to find talented young artists.

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Injured Burglary Suspect Returns to Tenn. Store

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Athens police said a burglary suspect who was cut when he entered a convenience store through a shattered glass door returned to the scene two hours later to ask officers for help. Police said a 21-year-old man will be charged with burglary when he is released from the hospital.

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Lawsuit on Religion in Military Expanded

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A group and a Fort Riley soldier expand a federal lawsuit against Defense Secretary Robert Gates over allegations of religious discrimination in the military

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Man Spits on Court Floor After Traffic Conviction

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A northern Idaho man convicted of a traffic violation in Bonner County was ordered to spend two days in jail after he spit on the courthouse floor in anger. First District Court Judge Justin Julian found 59-year-old Daniel Malone in contempt on Wednesday.

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Jazz Great Freddie Hubbard Dead at 70

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players, has died at age 70.

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Fallout Begins After Dismal Holiday Season

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The fallout from the horrific holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores are expected to do the same — meaning more empty storefronts and fewer brands on store shelves.

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15-year-old Bronx Girl Accused of Killing 2 Men

Updated: 12/29/2008 - With her slight frame and big grin, Sharell Butler still looks like a child. But the 15-year-old has been charged as an adult with killing two men over three days, including one whose dismembered remains were found in a garbage bag.

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