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Alaska Sen. Stevens' Defeat marks End of an Era

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Sen. Ted Stevens' election defeat marks the end of an era in which he held a commanding place in Alaska politics while wielding power on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

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US Home Construction Sinks to New Record Low

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Construction of new homes plunged 4.5 percent last month to the lowest level on government records dating back to 1959, as U.S. builders slashed production while Wall Street nosedived.

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Oil Falls below $54 a Barrel

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Oil prices slipped further Wednesday, dipping below $54 on fears of global economic weakness that have sent crude down more than 60 percent in four months.

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Stocks Fluctuate after Report on Consumer Prices

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wall Street struggled to find a direction Wednesday, as investors, nervous about the fate of the nation's top automakers, scoured more economic data for a sign of relief.

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Mass. Woman's 1¢ Debt Paid in Full

Updated: 11/19/2008 - People from across the country called Attleboro City Hall on Tuesday offering to pay the 1 cent balance owed by Eileen Wilbur for an overdue water and sewer bill.

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Al-Qaida No. 2 Insults Obama with Racial Epithet

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves." But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as "house negroes."

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Democrats: Clinton to help Hillary get State job

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Clinton has agreed to release the names of several major donors to his charitable foundation and will submit future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review, said Democrats

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Consumer Prices Drop Record 1% Last Month

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Labor Department said Wednesday that consumer prices fell by 1 percent last month, the biggest one-month decline on records that go back to February 1947

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Doctors Transplant Windpipe With Stem Cells

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs. "This technique has great promise," said Dr. Eric Genden, who did a similar transplant in 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. That operation used both donor and recipient tissue. Only a handful of windpipe, or trachea, transplants have ever been done.

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UK Government Unveils Plan For Sex Trade Crackdown

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The British government announced plans Wednesday to make it illegal to pay for sex with women forced into prostitution - a measure that sex workers say will put more women at risk.

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Al-Qaida No. 2 Insults Obama In New Audio Message

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is criticizing Barack Obama in a new message, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.

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Schwarzenegger Opens Climate Summit With Obama

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened his international climate change summit on Tuesday by upstaging himself with an even bigger political star - President-elect Barack Obama.

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8-Year-Old Admits Double Shooting In Police Video

Updated: 11/19/2008 - An 8-year-old boy accused in the deaths of his father and another man gave police conflicting accounts about the shootings, at one point saying, "I wasn't shooting any guns" before admitting to firing at least two shots at each of the men.

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Cheney, Gonzales Indicted In South Texas County

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.

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Student Bonfire Blamed For 1 of 3 Calif. Wildfires

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A group of college students who lit a ridge-top bonfire is being blamed for accidentally sparking one of three ferocious wildfires that collectively destroyed about 1,000 homes and blacked more than 65 square miles.

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Banks Weigh On European Stocks Again

Updated: 11/19/2008 - European stock markets headed lower Wednesday following losses in Asia, with worries about a global downturn weighing on banking and commodity stocks.

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Ohio Democrat Wins Special Congressional Election

Updated: 11/19/2008 - An Ohio Democrat elected earlier this month to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has also won a special congressional election in Cleveland to fill the final weeks of Tubbs Jones' unexpired term.

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Ted Stevens' Defeat In Alaska Marks End Of An Era

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Sen. Ted Stevens' election defeat marks the end of an era in which he held a commanding place in Alaska politics while wielding power on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

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Holder is Obama's Top Choice for Attorney General

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The former Number 2 official in the Justice Department under President Clinton appears to be President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for Attorney General. Washington attorney Eric Holder won't comment on the reports.

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Wall Street Pulls Off Final-Hour Rebound

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wall Street rebounded Tuesday in another turbulent session, as investors rushed back into the market after the Standard & Poor's 500 index tested a 2003 low.

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Ginkgo Fails to Prevent Alzheimer's in Large Study

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The dietary supplement ginkgo, long promoted as an aid to memory, didn't help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the longest and largest test of the extract in older Americans. "We don't think it has a future as a powerful anti-dementia drug," said Dr. Steven DeKosky of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, who led the federally funded study.

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Detroit's Big 3 Make Plea for Bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Detroit's Big Three automakers say a collapse of their companies would be "catastrophic." They went to Capitol Hill Tuesday, pleading with Congress for a $25 billion lifeline.

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Doctors Transplant Windpipe with Stem Cells

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Doctors have given a woman a new windpipe with tissue grown from her own stem cells, eliminating the need for anti-rejection drugs. "This technique has great promise," said Dr. Eric Genden, who did a similar transplant in 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. That operation used both donor and recipient tissue. Only a handful of windpipe, or trachea, transplants have ever been done.

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