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Questions linger in deadly San Diego jet crash

Updated: 12/22/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two weeks after a Marine Corps plane slammed into a San Diego residential area, killing four people, questions have arisen about the decision to direct the hobbled fighter over homes to an inland airfield when a nearby base offered a route across open water.

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OSCE to close Georgia mission early next year

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Russia is forcing a team of international monitors, advisers and trainers to abandon their mission in Georgia by insisting that the two breakaway regions at the heart of this year's war be recognized as independent nations, officials said Monday.

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Obama's election voted top news story of 2008

Updated: 12/22/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- The epic election that made Barack Obama the first African-American president was the top news story of 2008 - followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll.

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Ill. impeachment panel awaits word from prosecutor

Updated: 12/22/2008 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The legislative committee considering impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be at the beginning of its work or nearing the end, depending on the wishes of federal prosecutors.

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Widespread winter blast strands holiday travelers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - SEATTLE (AP) -- A blast of winter in the nation's northern tier stranded travelers far and wide Sunday just a few days before Christmas, with dozens of flights delayed or canceled and bus passengers sleeping on cardboard at a Seattle terminal.

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Karzai presses top US military leader on buildup

Updated: 12/22/2008 - President Hamid Karzai pressed America's top military leader Monday on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan as it prepares to pour up to 30,000 more forces into the country.

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Source: NYC charges expected in ground zero fire

Updated: 12/22/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted in the 2007 deaths of two firefighters at a ground zero skyscraper, a person familiar with the investigation said Monday.

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Lonely Man Jumps Into Polar Bear's Cage in Berlin

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said.

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Shoppers Haggle For Deals From Desperate Retailers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously.

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Investigators hunting clues in Denver jet accident

Updated: 12/22/2008 - DENVER (AP) -- 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.

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Dustin Hoffman, Still Crazy

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The gifted actor Dustin Hoffman has made success on the screen seem easy. It's hard to believe such a brilliant performer had a hard time breaking into the movies in the first place. John Blackstone has a Sunday Profile.

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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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N.Y. Republicans Slam Caroline Kennedy

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Caroline Kennedy, who has placed her name in contention as a replacement for Sen. Hillary Clinton, was slammed by New York Republicans who view her as a "celebrity" without the qualifications necessary to function in Congress.

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China Blocks New York Times Web Site

Updated: 12/22/2008 - China has blocked access to The New York Times' Web site, the newspaper said Saturday, days after the central government defended its right to censor online content it deems illegal.

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Stocks Slip as Toyota Cuts Profit Outlook

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

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Titans, Giants secure home-field for playoffs

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Tennessee and the New York Giants wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by showing everyone what has made them the best in their conferences this season.

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Lonely man jumps into polar bear's cage in Berlin

Updated: 12/22/2008 - BERLIN (AP) -- A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said.

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