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Detroit Automakers' Rescue Stalls in Senate

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A plan to give troubled U.S. automakers billions of dollars in government-backed loans is on life support, leaving the fate of hundreds of thousands of workers and Detroit's once-venerable car companies hanging in the balance.

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Oil Falls Below $53 on Fears of Deep Recession

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Oil prices fell below $53 to almost a two-year low Thursday as investors, worried by plummeting stock markets, priced in lower crude demand as the global economic downturn shapes up to be the worst in decades.

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Dow Slips Below 8,000 on Growing Fear of Deflation

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A growing fear of economic deflation helped take the air out of the stock market Wednesday, and another white-knuckle final hour on Wall Street pushed the Dow Jones industrials under 8,000 to their lowest close since the financial meltdown began.

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Astronaut Who Lost Tool Bag Admits Making Mistake

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The astronaut who lost her tool bag on a spacewalk admitted Wednesday that she made a mistake by not checking to see if the sack was tied down, and said she's still smarting over the whole thing.

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Mammoth Task: Scientists Map DNA of Ancient Beast

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Bringing "Jurassic Park" one step closer to reality, scientists have deciphered much of the genetic code of the woolly mammoth, a feat they say could allow them to recreate the shaggy, prehistoric beast in as little as a decade or two.

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Sen. Clinton Weighing Secretary of State Post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the former first lady is weighing whether to leave the Senate and become secretary of state in the Obama administration, a job they say she believes is hers if she wants it.

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Surgeon Who Did First US Heart Transplant Dies

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, a cardiac surgeon who performed the nation's first human heart transplant and who also developed lifesaving medical implants, has died. He was 90. Kantrowitz died Friday in Ann Arbor of complications from heart failure, said his wife, Jean Kantrowitz.

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Insurers Make Pitch for Health Coverage Mandate

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The health insurance industry said Wednesday it will support a national health care overhaul that requires them to accept all customers, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions — but in return it wants lawmakers to mandate that everyone buy coverage.

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Teen Lives 4 Months With No Heart, Leaves Hospital

Updated: 11/19/2008 - D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."

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Pedestrian Hit By Car

Updated: 11/19/2008 - It was a close call for one pedestrian Thursday. He was clipped by a moving car. It happened around 4:45 p.m. at 17th and College in Topeka. Authorities say the car hit a juvenile who was in the street.

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Great American Smokeout Day

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Spangles is offering a free turkey on pita Thursday to anyone who "Quits cold turkey," and brings in a pack of cigarettes three fourths full or more.

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Justice, NYPD feuding over terrorist surveillance

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Justice Department and the New York Police Department are feuding over secret terror investigations, with the city pushing for faster approval to spy on suspects - a move that the feds charge could break the law.

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Bush set to relax endangered species rules

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

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Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers - and millions of Americans' jobs - after Senate Democrats canceled a showdown vote that had been expected Thursday. President George W. Bush has "no appetite" to act on his own.

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Want a federal bailout? Why not bankruptcy, too?

Updated: 11/19/2008 - What's so bad about bankruptcy as an alternative to big bailouts for automakers or other critical U.S. companies? Frozen credit and the hardships of a Chapter 11 reorganization make it a tough pill to swallow for struggling industries and their workers.

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Ga. Democrat gets campaign help from Bill Clinton

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday appealed to Georgians to send Democrat Jim Martin to Washington arguing the state's hotly contested Senate runoff must provide a "bridge not a firewall" to the progress promised by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Will Clinton pardon of tax fugitive haunt Holder?

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The first black man elected U.S. president is poised to name Washington lawyer Eric Holder as the nation's first black attorney general - a historic appointment but one with some potential political problems over a 2001 pardon.

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Alaska Sen. Stevens concedes in re-election race

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens conceded defeat Wednesday in a re-election bid shadowed by his federal felony conviction, a bitter end to a four-decade career in which he held a commanding place in state politics and on some of the most influential congressional committees in Washington.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,200

Updated: 11/19/2008 - As of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at least 4,200 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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