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Ailing Indiana congresswoman passes away

Updated: 12/16/2007 - 69-year old Julia Carson died Saturday morning after a battle with lung cancer. She was the first black and first woman to represent the Indianapolis congressional district.

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Senate repeals tax on mortgage forgiveness

Posted: 12/15/2007 - The Senate has passed a bill written by Senator Debbie Stabenow that would allow homeowners to receive mortgage forgiveness from their lender tax-free.

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Demolition of New Orleans public housing halted

Posted: 12/14/2007 - A reprieve for three New Orleans public housing complexes that were slated for demolition this weekend. The work was halted today amid complaints about the scarcity of housing for the poor after Hurricane Katrina.

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Man nearly dies after downing 2 pints of vodka in airport

Posted: 12/13/2007 - German police say a man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after he chugged two pints of vodka because airport security said he either had to throw it out or pay a fee have his carry-on bag checked.

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Protesters halt demolition at New Orleans public housing slated for development

Posted: 12/13/2007 - More than 30 protesters blocked an excavator from entering a fenced off area of the B.W. Cooper complex in the first of what likely will be many standoffs between protesters and demolition crews that are tearing down hundreds of barracks-style buildings in the hurricane-ravaged city.

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US, China highlight need for trade cooperation

Posted: 12/13/2007 - China's top negotiator calls the China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue a "complete success." She cites progress on food safety and environmental protection.

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U.N. revises employee death count from Algeria attack

Posted: 12/13/2007 - A spokeswoman says that at least nine employees were killed in the bombings by an affiliate of al-Qaida that targeted U.N. offices and a government building. Officials had earlier said at least 11 were killed, but the spokeswoman says officials are now only counting those who are confirmed dead and whose families have been notified.

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Personnel shortage forces State Department to leave posts vacant

Posted: 12/12/2007 - Foreign Service Director General Harry Thomas sent in a worldwide cable today saying a lack of resources has created "severe staffing shortfalls." Much of the problem, he says, lies with Congress, which has not authorized any significant increase in the size of the foreign service since 2004.

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Chertoff says terror threat hasn't abated despite tighter border rules

Posted: 12/12/2007 - Chertoff says during the final year of the Bush administration his department plans to complete a fence along 670 miles of the nation's southwest border. He says it will also push states to issue more secure driver's licenses and launch a plan to protect the cyber world.

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Three more funerals to be held today for Nebraska shooting victims

Posted: 12/11/2007 - Hundreds of mourners showed up for the funeral of Von Maur department store employee Diane Trent. A co-worker who hid in a back room at the store during the shooting rampage says she came to the service because it was "time to stop running away from it."

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Naval Academy fights booze with booze

Posted: 12/11/2007 - A new program aims to show midshipmen at special 21st birthday dinners how little drinking it takes to reach a 0.08 blood-alcohol content. That's the legal standard for drunken driving in Maryland.

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Police say church shooter may have killed himself

Posted: 12/11/2007 - Police say Matthew Murray killed two teenaged sisters and wounded their father and two others at Colorado Springs' New Life Church before volunteer guard Jeanne Assam shot him. The church's pastor says that may have saved up to 100 lives.

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