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Unplugging From The World's Power Lines

Posted: 12/17/2009 - You won't hear much about it in the vast conference halls of the Copenhagen climate change summit, but living "off-grid" -- beyond the water and power lines that intersect much of the modern world -- could hold a solution to some of the planet's worst environmental woes.

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US Afghan Contractors Probe

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Congress is launching a broad-ranging investigation into possible waste, misuse and corruption tied to billions of taxpayer dollars used to support private military contractors in Afghanistan.

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Iraq Drone Video Hacked

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Insurgents were able to use a mass-market software program to view live feeds from U.S. military Predator drones monitoring targets in Iraq, a U.S. official indicated to CNN Thursday.

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Health Care

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Simmering liberal angst over the Senate health care bill threatened to boil over Thursday as a critical labor union threatened a new fight over provisions that were dropped to attract more moderate supporters.

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Italy Berlusconi

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was released from the hospital Thursday, four days after a souvenir replica of a cathedral was thrown at him, hitting him in the face.

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Gaza Gender Id

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Two Palestinian teenagers stroll amid the mounds of rubble left by last year's Israeli military offensive, listening to the tinny beat of a Turkish pop song playing on a cell phone.

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Mexico Cartel Leader Killed

Posted: 12/17/2009 - In a strong blow to one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, Mexico's navy killed a top drug kingpin in a shootout Wednesday at an upscale resort.

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Iran Baha'i Trial

Posted: 12/17/2009 - A trial has been set in the case of seven Baha'is who have been imprisoned in Iran since spring 2008, the Baha'i International Community said Thursday.

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Mideast Zawahiri Wife

Posted: 12/17/2009 - A purported letter from the wife of al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri tells Muslim women that their most important task is to take care of children of the mujahedeen.

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Britain Climate Change

Posted: 12/17/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned participants in the climate change conference in Copenhagen that they are "running out of time" to reach an agreement on what to do about global warming.

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Lebanon Ship Sinks

Posted: 12/17/2009 - A ship with 83 people aboard sunk off the coast of northern Lebanon on Thursday , a military spokesman said.

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Iraq Violence

Posted: 12/17/2009 - A car bomb explosion killed one person and injured 10 others Thursday evening in Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

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US Pakistan Visas

Posted: 12/17/2009 - The Pakistani government has delayed the visas of hundreds of U.S. officials and contractors, a move that has frustrated the State Department and could impact U.S. programs on the ground.

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Spain Western Sahara

Posted: 12/17/2009 - An award-winning Western Sahara independence activist in the 32nd day of a hunger strike in Spain was expected to be returned soon to an airport where Morocco refused her entry last month, CNN partner station CNN+ reported late Thursday.

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Mexico Cartel Leader Killed

Posted: 12/17/2009 - The leader of one of Mexico's top drug cartels died Wednesday night in a shootout with navy personnel, the government-run news agency reported.

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BA Strike

Posted: 12/17/2009 - A strike that would have crippled British Airways over Christmas and New Year's Day cannot go ahead, a judge ruled Thursday.

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Susan Boyle, 'David After Dentist' Top YouTube In 2009

Posted: 12/17/2009 - Susan Boyle's surprising vocal performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was far and away the most-watched video of the year on YouTube -- racking up more than 120 million views, according to the site.

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Holder Expects Guantanamo Closure Within Months

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama administration point man on closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, said Wednesday he believes the decision to transfer detainees to an Illinois prison "removes a hurdle" and speeds that closure.

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Report On Air France Crash To Be Released Thursday

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Investigators probing the June crash of an Air France flight off Brazil will release their second interim report Thursday and have scheduled a press briefing, officials said.

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Former CIA Official: Dissidents Trying To Sow Disorder In N. Ireland

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Some former members of the Irish Republican Army -- "small in number" but "ruthless" -- are trying to undermine the agreement that ended 30 years of deadly violence in Northern Ireland with renewed attacks, according to a former deputy director of the CIA.

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Survey: Negative Views In Honduras Of Leaders

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Hondurans divided over an ongoing political crisis agree on one thing -- they don't think very highly of their leaders, according to a new survey.

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Choking In China's Polluted City

Posted: 12/16/2009 - For visitors it can be unbearable. For residents, this is life -- breathing the consequences of China's long march toward economic prosperity

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