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Stocks resume climb after one-day sell-off

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Wall Street climbed back on an upward track Wednesday, rising in late trading as a surge in gold and other commodities prices gave investors a reason to snap up energy and materials stocks.

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Before handouts, big firms bankrolled conventions

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Financial giants now being bailed out by the government spent millions underwriting the Democratic and Republican conventions last summer, just weeks before coming to Washington begging for multibillion-dollar handouts.

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WWII's Tuskegee Airmen invited to inauguration

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Tuskegee Airmen, who made history during World War II as the country's first black military pilots only to return home to discrimination and exclusion from victory parades, have been invited to Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Bush frustrated with UN peace efforts in Darfur

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President George W. Bush bemoaned the pace of U.N. efforts to end a wave of killings in Darfur, delivering strong words after meeting with a victim of the violence who was hidden by a red, black and white sheath for her safety.

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Bush cites falling teen drug use, but reports vary

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President George W. Bush is trumpeting progress in the battle against illicit drugs, citing declining drug use in high school and a shrinking supply of cocaine in the country.

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Administration changes to farm worker hiring afoot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - As it prepares to leave office, the Bush administration is moving to make it easier for U.S. farming companies to hire foreign field workers, which farmworker groups say will worsen wages and working conditions.

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Officials say Obama chooses energy, EPA posts

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama intends to round out his environmental and natural resources team with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and three former Environmental Protection Agency officials from the Clinton administration.

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Pakistan detains 2nd alleged Mumbai plotter

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Pakistan announced the arrest of a second reputed key player behind the terror assault on Mumbai, and officials stressed Wednesday that they are investigating an Islamic charity the U.S. and India call a front for the group blamed for the attack.

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Greek government defends handling of riots

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Five days of rioting that saw bands of youths marauding through the streets has shocked a generally tolerant Greek public and led many to question how the situation was allowed to degenerate. The police and government are now under intense scrutiny, despite saying they went out of their way to avoid bloodshed.

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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war

Updated: 12/10/2008 - She was a beautiful, round-faced little girl with large, coal-black eyes and an instant smile. Two years later, the 3-year-old is blind and scarred, her mother is dead and her father's new wife can't cope with caring for her.

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Countries agree on goals for new UN climate treaty

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.

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UN says cholera death toll in Zimbabwe reaches 775

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen sharply, the United Nations said Wednesday, reporting 775 deaths and 16,141 cases of the waterborne disease in the southern African nation.

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Study: PC infections plague wire-transfer shops

Updated: 12/10/2008 - For immigrants who send money to their home countries, wire-transfer shops are backbones of their neighborhoods. On some blocks in San Francisco's Mission District, every third or fourth business might offer some sort of money transfer service, and they're always bustling, even on a Sunday morning.

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Gift Guide: Smart phones for work and play

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Navigating all the "smart" phones out there and picking one for yourself can be tricky, and purchasing one for someone else can be even more daunting. But with plenty of feature-packed options available this holiday season, ranging from the consumer-friendly iPhone to the more business-oriented BlackBerry Bold, chances are you can find a phone that's a better gift than a reindeer sweater.

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Massive World War II collection debuts online

Updated: 12/10/2008 - An online collection of World War II documents, billed as the world's largest, debuted last week. Footnote.com, which archives historical documents on the Web, developed the collection with the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Video clerks power new movie recommendation engine

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Even as technology threatens the survival of video rental stores, serial entrepreneur Stuart Skorman thinks there's still a place for the movie-matchmaking advice of veteran video store clerks.

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Outgoing House Speaker Gets Plum Committee Spot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Kansas Hous Speaker-elect Mike O'Neal announced committee chairmanships for the 2009 session. Among them, appointing the man he defeated, Melvin Neufeld, as chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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U.K. TV to Air Assisted Suicide Film

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The 2006 suicide of 59-year-old Craig Ewert was to be shown Wednesday evening in a documentary on the Sky Real Lives digital channel.

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`Nightline' producer doesn't feel saved

Updated: 12/10/2008 - ABC, and the late-night time slot held by ``Nightline,'' would have been a strong possibility for Jay Leno had he not decided to stay at NBC. But the show's producer says there would have been room for both.

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Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he is not a target of the investigation that led to this week's arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His attorney says Jackson never had a ``pay-to-play'' conversation with Blagojevich.

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WU Art Students Raise Funds

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Washburn Universtiy art students held a sale of their creations at the Memorial Union Wednesday. Everything from ornaments and cards to fuse glass, jewelry, platters and bookmarks was available.

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Bad economy helping Web scammers recruit `mules'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The worsening economy appears to be helping computer crooks with one of their toughest tasks: tricking people into opening their homes and bank accounts and becoming "mules" for laundering money or stolen goods.

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