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Bitter cold, high winds chill Midwest, East

Updated: 12/22/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Bone-numbing cold spread Monday from the Midwest to the East, forcing millions to bundle up and scurry from place to place in a bid to spend as little time as possible outside.

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12 Decapitated Bodies Found In Mexico

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Authorities found the decapitated bodies of 12 men in the southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, and some of the victims have been identified as soldiers.

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Build-A-Bear Gives Away 20,000 Toys

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots toy drive gets a boost with a big contribution from Build-A-Bear Workshop.

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Jet Crash Probe Continues In Colorado

Updated: 12/22/2008 - It was a miracle that no one was killed when an airliner veered sharply off a runway during takeoff, burst into flames and nearly broke apart, firefighters said Sunday.

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Sex No Longer Taboo Topic At Nursing Homes

Updated: 12/22/2008 - When Kansas State University sent researchers into nursing homes to find out how the topic of sex was being addressed, they initially found silence.

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Suspected U.S. Strikes Kill 8 In Pakistan

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Suspected U.S. missile strikes killed at least eight people Monday in volatile northwest Pakistan, officials and witnesses said.

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Woman Accused Under New Cyberbullying Law

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a law against cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a teenage girl following cruel messages on the Internet.

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All But Decapitated, Boy, 9, Recovers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Jordan Taylor is being called a medical miracle. The nine-year-old Hillsboro, Texas boy was nearly decapitated in a car crash three months ago, but doctors reattached his head to his neck and now he's made virtually a full recovery.

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Amid Chaos, Passengers Remained Calm

Updated: 12/22/2008 - What seemed like a typical takeoff turned into a near-tragic disaster Saturday night in Denver. However, as passengers witnessed their plane burst into flames after it crashed on the runway, the scene inside the cabin remained calm, according to a survivor.

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Bitter Cold, High Winds Chill Midwest, East

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Bone-numbing cold spread Monday from the Midwest to the East, forcing millions to bundle up and scurry from place to place in a bid to spend as little time as possible outside.

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Cheney Says Congress Failed Struggling Automakers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Vice President Dick Cheney blamed Congress for failing to bail out the auto industry, saying the White House was forced to step in to save U.S. car companies.

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Caterpillar Scales Back Executive Pay in 2009

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar says it will cut executive compensation by up to 50 percent next year because of weakening demand triggered by the global economic downturn.

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Man Eats 7 Pounds of Latkes to Win NY Contest

Updated: 12/22/2008 - That's a lot of latkes. A 23-year-old mechanical engineering student has downed 46 of the potato pancakes in eight minutes to win a contest at a Long Island deli.

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Vail Rolls Back Multiday Lift Ticket Prices

Updated: 12/22/2008 - In a concession to the economy, Vail Resorts Inc. says it's holding its prices steady for multiday lift tickets at its five ski resorts.

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Medicaid Applicants Grow as Recession Widens

Updated: 12/22/2008 - That day in July was one that Tammy Morse won't soon forget. Five months earlier, her husband lost his job as a recruiter for the financial services industry. Once the family savings were gone, the mother of two from Stratford, Conn., saw no way to get health insurance coverage for her family other than to apply for Medicaid.

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Last Holiday Shopping Weekend Keeps Retailers Edgy

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The deals were there and, by most accounts, so were the shoppers. But at the close of the final holiday shopping weekend, consumers confessed they were still nervous about buying.

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Stocks Fluctuate as Investors Look For Good News

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Wall Street began a holiday-shortened week cautiously Monday, as stocks fell in light trading while investors reacted to a bleak outlook from Toyota Motor Corp. and disappointing earnings from drugstore operator Walgreen Co.

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Winners Share $3 Billion in Spain's Gordo Lottery

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Economic woes eased for many in Spain on Monday as the Christmas lottery — billed among the world's richest — dished out some euro2.32 billion ($3.23 billion) in prizes.

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New Approach for Kan. Lawmakers on Illegal Immigration

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Olathe Republican Rep. Lance Kinzer says he'll focus on specific issues, including repealing a state law providing lower, in-state tuition at state universities and colleges to some illegal immigrants.

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Putting the "Cell" in Cell Phones

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The smuggling of the phones among inmates has sparked some officials to push for a change in federal regulations to allow technology that jams cell phone signals.

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Stocks Open Mixed as Investors look for Good News

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Wall Street is beginning this holiday-shortened week cautiously. Stocks are narrowly mixed as discouraging news from Toyota and Walgreen keeps investors on edge.

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Groundbreaking at Dodge City Casino

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and legislative leaders are expected to brave frigid temperatures in Dodge City to break ground for the first state-owned casino in Kansas.

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