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Man Tries to go Home For Holidays — By Fire Truck

Updated: 12/23/2008 - What kind of mileage does that thing get? Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home — to Washington — for Christmas.

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Katie Couric Moving Up in Ratings

Updated: 12/23/2008 - After two years of relentlessly bad ratings news, Katie Couric finally has something she can smile about.

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Stores Pull All-Nighters, Trying to Save Season

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The nation's stores are pulling all-nighters and deepening discounts in the final hours before Christmas, trying to draw in all the shoppers they can as they face dismal sales in what will likely end up as the worst holiday season in decades.

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Dow Falls For 5th Straight Session on Grim Data

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Wall Street pulled back again Tuesday in muted trading ahead of the holiday, as another round of reports showed further deterioration in the housing market and broader economy.

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ACLU Sues Laguna Beach Over Treatment of Homeless

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the ritzy Southern California city of Laguna Beach over its treatment of the homeless.

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Home Sales Drop 23 percent in Midwest in November

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Existing home sales in the Midwest tumbled 23 percent in November compared with a year ago. The drop comes as accelerated job losses, Wall Street weakness and dwindling consumer confidence forced more people out of the housing market.

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Sea-Tac Stranded Passengers Finally Flying Out

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Crowds of stranded travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were drastically reduced, Amtrak restored passenger train service and motorists found easier going Tuesday — but more snow was on the way.

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Bush Pardons Man Who Helped Israel During Wartime

Updated: 12/23/2008 - In a gesture of forgiveness for an American considered a hero in Israel, President George W. Bush on Tuesday granted a pardon posthumously to a man who broke the law to supply aircraft to Jews fighting in Israel's 1948 war of independence.

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More Declines For Oil on Latest Batch of Bad News

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Oil prices dipped below $38 a barrel Tuesday on fresh evidence of weakness in the U.S. housing market and a shrinking gross domestic product that suggests the recession may be worsening.

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Madoff Investor Found Dead of Suicide

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The founder of an investment fund that lost $1.4 billion with Bernard Madoff was discovered dead Tuesday after committing suicide at his Madison Avenue office, marking a grim turn in a scandal that has left investors around the world in financial ruin.

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Icy Pavement Shuts Busy JoCo Highway Down

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Freezing rain is making driving hazardous in parts of Kansas and has shut down at least one major highway after a series of crashes blamed on slick pavement.

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China calls for return of Guantanamo Bay inmates

Updated: 12/23/2008 - China said Tuesday it wants Chinese detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be returned to China if the detention center is closed by President-elect Barack Obama.

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2 Killed, 1 Hurt in Dallas-area Road Shootings

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Authorities pressed a manhunt Tuesday for a gunman in a pickup truck who is suspected of killing two people and injuring another in a series of rush hour shootings on Dallas-area roads.

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Tina Fey Voted AP Entertainer of the Year

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

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US warns Russia against selling missiles to Iran

Updated: 12/23/2008 - U.S. officials said Monday that they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran, a move the U.S. insists could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. A senior military intelligence official said that while Moscow has sent out conflicting responses to reports on the sale of long-range S-300 missiles, the U.S. believes it is taking place. However, it appears that no equipment has yet been delivered to Iran, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

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Iraq Parliament Speaker Quits, Troops Impasse Ends

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The Iraqi parliamentary speaker resigned on Tuesday, ending a long-running power struggle and allowing lawmakers to authorize British and other non-U.S. foreign troops to remain in the country into 2009.

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Second Arrest Announced in Fraud Case

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Prosecutors have announced a second arrest in the fraud case facing a prominent Manhattan lawyer accused of duping hedge funds into making bogus investments.

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November New Home Sales Drop 2.9 Percent

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Sales of new homes fell in November to the slowest pace in nearly 18 years, while new home prices dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.

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Mass. Man Melting Snow With Blowtorch Ignites Home

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Fire officials in New Bedford, Mass., say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage.

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Odd Bumping Noise Heard on Denver Plane's Tape

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Investigators trying to determine why a Continental Airlines plane veered off a runway and skidded into a ravine heard an odd bumping and rattling noise on the flight's recorders shortly before it tried to take off.

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