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Arab outrage over Gaza carnage targets Egypt

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip has unleashed outrage across the Middle East — but the anger is being vented as much against Egypt as it is at Israel.

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Israel weighs 48-hour halt to Gaza air campaign

Updated: 12/30/2008 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel, under international pressure, is considering a 48-hour halt to its punishing four-day air campaign on Hamas targets in Gaza to see if Palestinian militants will stop their rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli officials said Tuesday. Any offer would be coupled with a threat to send in ground troops if the rocket fire continues.

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Defiant Ill. governor fills Obama's Senate seat

Updated: 12/30/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member. Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

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US concerned by detention of academic in Iran

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Bush administration on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the detention and interrogation in Iran of a prominent American academic, an incident that has led the National Academies of Science to suspend educational exchanges with Iranian institutions.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Seniors give Daschle health reform ideas

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Note to President-elect Barack Obama: Health reform doesn't have to be all about expanding health insurance. It can be about the little things too, such as shorter waits in the doctor's office and putting in place incentives such as free checkups that catch little problems before they became big ones.

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Actors Bacon, Sedgwick Among Madoff Victims

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick are among the many victims of the massive Ponzi scheme run by the disgraced New York money manager.

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Kennedy's 'You Knows' Become Political Fodder

Updated: 12/30/2008 - If Caroline Kennedy had, you know, only known. Tracking the would-be New York senator's verbal tics has become a political parlor game in the days since she gave her first round of in-depth interviews, even spawning a hip-hop-style mash-up online blending her "you knows" with President-elect Barack Obama's "uhs."

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Landowners Sue TVA For $165M Over Coal Ash Spill

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A group of land owners has sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for $165 million over a burst dike that spilled more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge.

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Woman Slips Out of Cuffs and Allegedly Kicks Cops

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Goffstown, N.H., woman slipped out of a pair of handcuffs and kicked two officers after being arrested on a drunken driving charge. The 47-year-old woman was charged on Monday after rear-ending another car around 4:30 p.m.

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Ohio Judge Lectures Man After His 109th Case

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A Cincinnati judge said he has seen long criminal records before, but this one was notable. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Ted Berry gave 41-year-old Norman Holmes a 90-day jail sentence and a lecture Monday after Holmes' 109th misdemeanor conviction.

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Body of Eighth Man Found in Canadian Avalanche

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The eighth and final body was found Tuesday from a group of snowmobilers buried by weekend avalanches in western Canada's backcountry, police said.

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Kansas Gets $1.1M in Drug Settlement

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Kansas will receive $1.1 million from a Philadelphia-area company accused of illegally marketing three of its drugs.

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US, UN, EU, Russia Urge Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The United Nations says key world powers trying to promote Mideast peace are calling on Israel and Hamas to implement an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and southern Israel.

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GM Slashes Financing Rates To Boost Sales

Updated: 12/30/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will offer financing as low as zero percent over the next week for several 2008 and 2009 models as the automaker makes a big year-end push to improve sales.

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250 Small Quakes Rattle Yellowstone

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Scientists were closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that rattled Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and into Monday.

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Taliban Terrorizes Its Way Across Pakistan

Updated: 12/30/2008 - 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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Ex-Bush aides say he never recovered from Katrina

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who spoke candidly about the political impact of the government's poor handling of the natural disaster.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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FDA approves new prostate cancer drug

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Federal regulators on Monday said they have approved the first new drug to treat prostate cancer in four years.

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Man carrying over $70 chooses jail over $1.57 soda

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Eau Claire police said a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70. Police responding to the report of a theft recently say the 27-year-old man appeared drunk. An employee told officers the man had taken a cup from the counter, filled it and began drinking.

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Police: Santa gunman planned to kill more than 9

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The man who killed nine people at his former in-law's Christmas party while dressed as Santa Claus had plotted the attack several months ago and his hit list was longer than first thought.

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December consumer confidence drops to all-time low

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping further in the face of rising layoffs, in yet another sign that consumer spending is unlikely to pull the U.S. out of a yearlong recession any time soon.

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