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Taliban vows violent response to US troop increase

Posted: 12/08/2008 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban's fugitive leader said the planned increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan will give his fighters incentive to kill and maim more Americans than ever.

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Pakistan arrests suspected Mumbai plotter

Posted: 12/08/2008 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Security forces overran a militant camp on the outskirts of Pakistani Kashmir's main city and seized an alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook India's financial capital last month, two officials said Monday.

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Malaria vaccine shows promise in Africa tests

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A vaccine that may become the world's first to prevent malaria shows promise in protecting African children, researchers said Monday, calling the results a "major milestone."

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Tarmac protest in UK raises airport questions

Posted: 12/08/2008 - LONDON (AP) -- Environmental protesters cut through the perimeter fence at Britain's third-largest airport Monday and occupied the tarmac, forcing the cancellation of more than 50 flights and raising questions over the vulnerability of airports.

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9/11 suspects ask to make 'confessions' at Gitmo

Posted: 12/08/2008 - GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants told a military judge Monday they want to immediately confess at their war-crimes tribunal, setting up likely guilty pleas and their possible executions.

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Massive riots cripple Greece's main cities

Posted: 12/08/2008 - ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Gangs of youths smashed their way through central Athens and Thessaloniki on Monday, torching stores and buildings after the fatal police shooting of a teenager sparked Greece's worst rioting in decades.

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Tarmac protest in UK raises airport questions

Posted: 12/08/2008 - LONDON (AP) -- Environmental protesters cut through the perimeter fence at Britain's third-largest airport Monday and occupied the tarmac, forcing the cancellation of more than 50 flights and raising questions over the vulnerability of airports.

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Businesses Provide Support to Food Bank

Posted: 12/08/2008 - An organization that helps those in need got a big holiday gift Monday. Harvesters will be able to provide an additional 135,000 meals because of the donation.

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Scientists back brain drugs for healthy people

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Healthy people should have the right to boost their brains with pills, like those prescribed for hyperactive kids or memory-impaired older folks, several scientists contend in a provocative commentary

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Year after attack, Colo. church guard has new goal

Posted: 12/08/2008 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- After a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, security guard Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray.

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Chicago beating case still clouds police image

Posted: 12/08/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- More than a year after he last wore a badge and months after his boss said he wanted him fired, a policeman videotaped beating a female bartender remains the best-known officer in the Chicago Police Department.

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Illegal immigration foe Rep. Tom Tancredo retires

Posted: 12/08/2008 - CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- When Tom Tancredo, the lightning-rod Colorado conservative, went to Congress a decade ago, he promised he wouldn't disappear in Washington. He sure didn't.

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Goldman's family: Simpson prison time is `karma'

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- O.J. Simpson's rambling apology in a Las Vegas courtroom was the last-ditch bid for leniency by a "monster," the family of Ron Goldman said Monday.

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Malaria vaccine shows promise in Africa tests

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Researchers reported promising results for what may become the world's first vaccine to prevent malaria, a killer of 1 million people each year.

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Man pleads guilty in unexplained Wisconsin slaying

Posted: 12/08/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A college dropout pleaded guilty Monday to killing a stranger in the victim's home, a crime that unnerved residents and remains something of a mystery.

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NYC officers to surrender on sodomy allegations

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors have asked two patrolmen to turn themselves in to face charges in the case of a man who claims he was sodomized during an arrest on a subway platform, the officers' lawyers said Monday.

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Ill. gov. jumps in to sit-in at shuttered plant

Posted: 12/08/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Monday to stop doing business with Bank of America to try to pressure the bank into helping laid-off workers staging a sit-in at their shuttered factory.

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Joe Gordon is elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Posted: 12/08/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Former second baseman Joe Gordon was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on Monday, while another panel shut out the likes of Joe Torre, Ron Santo and Gil Hodges.

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Studies show dogs have sense of fairness

Posted: 12/08/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- No fair! What parent hasn't heard that from a child who thinks another youngster got more of something. Well, it turns out dogs can react the same way.

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Homeowners who modified loans are in trouble again

Posted: 12/08/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half of all homeowners who had their loans modified to make the payments more affordable in the first half of the year are already in default again, banking regulators said Monday.

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