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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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IRS Collections From Audits Fall in 2008

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The IRS says its collections from audits and other reviews fell this year for the first time in a decade as the agency shifted some resources to ensure that people got their economic stimulus checks.

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Court OKs Sale of Neuberger Berman to Employees

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s prized investment management unit to a group of managers and employees.

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4 Recruiter suicides lead to Army probe

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Henderson, a strapping Iraq combat veteran, spent the last, miserable months of his life as an Army recruiter, cold-calling dozens of people a day from his strip-mall office and sitting in strangers' living rooms, trying to sign up their sons and daughters for an unpopular war.

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Investigators Hunting Clues in Denver Jet Accident

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Investigators took photos and measurements at the charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines jet Monday, searching for clues about why the plane veered off a runway and skidded into a shallow ravine. The twin-engine Boeing 737-500 still sat in a shallow, snow-covered ravine where it came to rest after its aborted takeoff Saturday at Denver International Airport.

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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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