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Medical aid resumes behind Congolese rebel lines

Updated: 11/23/2008 - The distribution of medical aid to 40,000 people trapped behind a rapidly changing front line in eastern Congo has resumed after last week's territory grab by the rebels, an aid group said Sunday.

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Vatican: Beatles music better than today's songs

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Vatican media are praising the Beatles' musical legacy and sounding philosophical about John Lennon's boast that the British band was more popular than Jesus.

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Father appalled by virtual audience to son's death

Updated: 11/23/2008 - The father of a college student whose suicide was broadcast live over a webcam said Saturday he was appalled by the virtual audience that egged on his son and called for tougher regulation of Internet sites.

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Bush: Global economy will emerge in better shape

Updated: 11/23/2008 - President George W. Bush, wrapping up his final summit with world leaders on Sunday, offered a message of hope that despite the worst economic crisis in decades, the global economy will emerge in better shape.

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Obama aide promotes job plan, warns automakers

Updated: 11/23/2008 - The market's positive reaction to President-elect Barack Obama's choice of treasury secretary was gratifying, a top Obama adviser said Sunday, and set the stage for a massive economic aid plan in January.

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NY Firefighter Killed In Blaze

Updated: 11/23/2008 - An experienced firefighter stretching a hose to a home's burning attic was killed early Sunday when a ceiling collapsed, throwing him to the floor and knocking off his helmet and oxygen mask.

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Obama Names Gibbs Press Secretary

Updated: 11/23/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named longtime spokesman Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary and reached outside his inner circle for the post of White House communications director.

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Investors Still Nervous Despite Friday Uptick

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Since the Nov. 4 election, investors have been abandoning stocks in a kind of slow-motion crash that experts say underlines just how anxious they are about what is likely to be a long and deep recession.

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Obama Pledges To Fight Terrorism In Middle East

Updated: 11/23/2008 - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama pledged in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to increase U.S. aid to Afghanistan and said fighting terrorism in the region would be a top priority, Karzai's office said Sunday.

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"Slinky" Company Co-Founder Dies

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Betty James, who co-founded the company that made the Slinky and beat the odds as a single mother in the late 1950s to become a successful executive, has died. She was 90.

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Astronauts Try To Work Out Kinks in Urine Machine

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Astronauts hope they have a solution for getting a pivotal piece of equipment working so it can convert urine and sweat into drinkable water and allow the international space station to grow to six crew members.

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Man Kills 1, Injures 1 at Washington Mall

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Police on Sunday were searching for a gunman who opened fire in a packed Seattle-area shopping mall, killing one man and critically injuring another, before apparently slipping away in a crowd of panicked shoppers.

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Bush Wraps Up Final Summit with World Leaders

Updated: 11/23/2008 - President George W. Bush, wrapping up his final summit with world leaders, offered a message of hope that despite the worst economic crisis in decades, the global economy will emerge in better shape.

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JFK anniversary marked at Dallas shooting site

Updated: 11/22/2008 - About 500 people crowded Saturday into the plaza where John F. Kennedy was shot 45 years ago, all agreeing it was right to remember a pivotal moment in American history, even if they didn't all believe the official line.

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Obama picks his communications team

Updated: 11/22/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announced several key appointments to his communications team Saturday.

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Two men shot at mall near Seattle

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Two men were in serious condition Saturday evening after shootings at a shopping center in Tukwila, Washington, authorities said.

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Segway inventor touts island as an energy model

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model.

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No charges planned in Maine 'shotgun pool' sign

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Authorities in Maine say no charges are planned against the owner of a store where a sign invited customers to bet on a date when President-elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.

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Screen Actors Guild to seek strike authorization

Updated: 11/22/2008 - The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator.

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Nepal's Buddha boy returns to jungle to meditate

Updated: 11/22/2008 - A Nepalese teenager revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha has returned to the jungle to meditate after emerging for less than two weeks, officials said Saturday.

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