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Iraq's PM may be weakened by dealmaking over pact

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Parliament's approval of a security pact with the U.S. has propelled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki into a position of strength unsurpassed among Iraqi political leaders since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Ethiopia to withdraw from Somalia by end of year

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Ethiopia announced Friday that is pulling its forces from Somalia by year's end, leaving the ravaged capital vulnerable to the Islamic militants who have seized nearly all of the country.

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Greensburg Official Gets National Award

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Greensburg City Administrator Steve Hewitt has been named American City and County Magazine's 2008 Municipal Leader of the Year.

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GOP Leaders to Sebelius: Order Cuts Now

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The two top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature say Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius must immediately order cuts in state spending to make up for falling revenue.

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FDA sets safe level for infant formula contaminant

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Federal regulators set a safety threshold Friday for the industrial chemical melamine that is greater than the amount of contamination found so far in U.S.-made infant formula.

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TiVo reports profit in fiscal 3Q

Updated: 11/28/2008 - TiVo Inc. recorded a profit for its latest quarter because of a $105 million payment it received in a patent suit, but revenue declined, the maker of digital video recorders said Tuesday.

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Stocks end short session with 5th straight gain

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Wall Street climbed again Friday, wrapping up its biggest five-day rally in more than 75 years, even as investors digested signs of a bleak holiday season for retailers and fears that a flurry of reports next week will show more economic distress.

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Ad watchdog: FiOS not 'so much more bright'

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Verizon's FiOS TV service doesn't make for a brighter picture, the advertising industry's self-regulatory body said, urging the company to drop some of the claims it makes in its advertising.

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Sling.com like video site Hulu with a twist

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Since its launch in March, video-streaming site Hulu has become a popular place to catch TV shows, video clips and movies for free on the Web.

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Gift certificates for birth control? Foes say bah!

Updated: 11/28/2008 - At the Planned Parenthood of Indiana, 'tis the season of giving health care and contraception. But it's a sentiment that opponents of abortion and artificial birth control say denigrates the holiday season.

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EU: Euro-zone jobless rate hits two-year high

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Unemployment in the 15 nations that share the euro shot up to 7.7 percent in October - the highest level in two years - as growth dropped sharply, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said Friday.

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Japanese factory output slides, outlook even worse

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Production at Japan's vital manufacturers is sinking fast - and is projected to turn in its worst quarter ever - amid a plunge in global demand that is battering the core of the world's second-largest economy.

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Rebels in east Congo capture 2 border posts, town

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Rebels captured two border posts and a town in eastern Congo, increasing their stranglehold over the region as thousands of refugees flee into neighboring Uganda, officials said Friday.

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Official: Taliban kill 13 Afghan troops in ambush

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Taliban insurgents killed 13 Afghan troops in an ambush of their convoy in northwestern Afghanistan, while NATO-led troops fired on insurgents inside Pakistan, officials said Friday.

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Russia praises US shift NATO membership plan

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised a U.S. decision to change its strategy for bringing Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, expressing satisfaction Friday that the American administration abandoned a program seen as a key step toward membership.

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UK convicts to wear vests during community service

Updated: 11/28/2008 - It's a modern day scarlet letter only it's bright orange. Starting next week, convicts sentenced to community service across Britain will have to wear orange vests with the words "Community Payback" on them.

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