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Calls to impeach embattled Illinois governor grow

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- As calls for his impeachment intensified, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened his front door to let three clergymen into his home on Friday, waving to the media before returning inside.

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Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change

Updated: 12/12/2008 - POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe droughts, floods and other effects of global warming.

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Stocks extend losses amid worries about automakers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street saw early selling pressure ease Friday following word from the Treasury Department that it would step in to prevent a collapse of the nation's Big Three automakers. Stocks came off their early lows but selling continued for a second session.

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Retail sales, wholesale prices fall again in Nov.

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers reduced their spending at retail stores again in November while the costs of goods before they reach store shelves also continued to drop, more bad signs in a recession that appears to be deepening.

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White House considers help for car makers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Worried about the weakening economy, the Bush administration said it was ready to step in and prevent the U.S. auto industry from collapsing after the Senate refused to pass a rescue bill endorsed by President George W. Bush and congressional Democrats. The most obvious source of help was the Wall Street bailout fund.

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Commission agrees to cut tuna catches in Pacific

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A commercial fishing commission agreed Friday to cut the catches of bigeye tuna in parts of the Pacific Ocean, a small step in an effort to save a threatened species that is a favorite among sushi lovers.

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6 alleged Islamic extremists charged in Belgium

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Belgian authorities on Friday charged six suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists with membership in a terrorist group, including a woman whose husband was involved in the assassination of Afghanistan's top anti-Taliban warlord shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

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AP Interview: General says Iraq work far from over

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's security forces must develop intelligence, battlefield medicine and logistics before they can stand on their own, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said.

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Vatican issues major new bioethics document

Updated: 12/12/2008 - VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican raised its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, the morning-after pill, in vitro fertilization and human cloning to a new level Friday in a major new document on bioethics.

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Greek protesters clash with riot police in Athens

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek youths hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police in Athens on Friday, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas. Despite seven straight days of unrest, Greece's prime minister rebuffed calls to resign and hold early elections

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Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change

Updated: 12/12/2008 - POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe droughts, floods and other effects of global warming.

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Kurdish rebels in Iraq declare 9-day cease-fire

Updated: 12/12/2008 - SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- A Kurdish rebel group on Sunday declared a nine-day holiday cease-fire in their fight against Turkey, a spokesman said, calling it a "first step toward peace."

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Iraqis demand harsh penalty for Blackwater guards

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi victims of a deadly shooting last year in central Baghdad demanded the harshest penalty Monday for the Blackwater Worldwide guards charged in the case, saying punishment is needed to keep other security contractors from acting with impunity.

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Official calls for economic cooperation

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reaching out to Iran and other neighbors, a top Iraqi official called Tuesday for the formation of an economic security union designed to share water, energy and other resources, and mediate disputes among its members.

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NY soldier denies guilt after 'fragging' acquittal

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York National Guard soldier acquitted of murder in the deaths of two superiors in Iraq says he expected a guilty verdict despite being "very, very innocent."

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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- She was a beautiful, round-faced little girl with large, coal-black eyes and an instant smile. Two years later, the 3-year-old is blind and scarred, her mother is dead and her father's new wife can't cope with caring for her.

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US general: Iran backs off worst bombs in Iraq

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran is no longer actively supplying Iraqi militias with a particularly lethal kind of roadside bomb, a decision that suggests a strategic shift by the Iranian leadership, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Thursday.

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AP Interview: General says Iraq work far from over

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's security forces must develop intelligence, battlefield medicine and logistics before they can stand on their own, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said.

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Iraqi official urges austerity measures

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's finance minister is urging government departments to cut down on expenses to offset the effects of the drop in world oil prices.

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Did Obama Team Have Contact with Ill. Gov.?

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Barack Obama insists he didn't have any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or anyone else who might have been scheming to sell the president-elect's U.S. Senate seat.

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