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Ringing in the new year worldwide

Posted: 01/01/2008 - In Thailand, an army spokesman says he thinks that five bombs set off by suspected Muslim insurgents in a tourist town likely targeted New Year's revelers. Twenty-seven people were wounded.

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Times Square ball goes green

Posted: 12/31/2007 - The star of the world-famous holiday extravaganza was revamped this year with more than 9,000 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.

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3 killed after helicopter crashes in Alabama

Posted: 12/31/2007 - A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the helicopter crew had spotted a missing hunter and the crash occurred as the aircraft was hovering over his location.

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Hostage situation in Chicago ends after 10 hours

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Authorities say the man who held her has been taken into custody, but police have not provided details on how the situation ended or whether weapons were involved.

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Oakland zoo takes precautions at tiger exhibit

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Zoo officials say the concrete wall and chain-link fence surrounding the two tigers range from 13-and-a-half to 16 feet, and they're deciding how much higher to raise the wall.

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Record year of violence in Afghanistan

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Taliban militants killed more than 925 Afghan police, and a spokesman for the U.S. troops who train Afghan police and soldiers says it's going to "take a full court press" to train a quality national police and army.

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Opposition leader threatens street protests if elections delayed

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tells The Associated Press that his party will not accept a postponement and says "We will agitate." He's also urging President Pervez Musharraf to step aside immediately in favor of a national unity government.

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Worldwide celebrations usher in 2008

Posted: 12/31/2007 - About a million people have packed Sydney Harbor in Australia to view a massive fireworks display to ring in the new year. The extravaganza features 20,000 explosives fired off the city's iconic Harbor Bridge.

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Commission recommends delay in Pakistan's parliamentary vote

Posted: 12/31/2007 - An announcement on a new date is expected tomorrow, but one government official looks for a delay of at least six weeks. He says the political environment is not conducive to free and fair elections now, given the turmoil over last week's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

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Heavy loss in Iraq suicide attack

Posted: 12/31/2007 - The checkpoint was manned by members of volunteer security groups known as Awakening Councils. They consist mainly of Sunni tribal fighters who've been cooperating with the U.S. military in standing up to insurgents.

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Winter storm coats Midwest in snow

Posted: 12/28/2007 - A winter storm has dropped several inches of snow in the Midwest, reducing visibility in some areas to just a few hundred feet.

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Murder charges filed in slayings of six

Posted: 12/28/2007 - According to court documents, Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe have confessed to the shootings of Anderson's parents, her brother, and the brother's wife and two children.

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US counts on Pakistani election despite Bhutto assassination

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has complicated American attempts at closing the rift between opposition leaders and an increasingly unpopular President Pervez Musharraf. But, the U.S. officials say Bhutto's death isn't likely to deter America from funneling billions of dollars of aid to the country.

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Bhutto funeral set for Friday as Pakistan chaos grows

Posted: 12/28/2007 - A spokesman for Bhutto's party says she will be buried near her father's grave in the family's ancestral village. He adds that Bhutto's husband and three children have arrived in Pakistan from Dubai to attend.

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Interior Ministry: Bullets did not kill Bhutto

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Authorities had said the former prime minister was killed by bullet wounds. A suicide attacker opened fire on Bhutto yesterday as she greeted supporters through the sunroof of her vehicle. He then blew himself up.

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Hundreds of thousands attend funeral for Benazir Bhutto

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Bhutto's funeral procession began in her ancestral home. Her coffin was draped in the red, green and black flag of her party and was carried in a white ambulance to a marble mausoleum.

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White House says Bush will veto defense policy bill

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The decision is based on a provision that Democrats say would allow victims of Saddam Hussein to seek compensation in court. The White House says allowing plaintiffs to immediately freeze Iraqi funds would expose the country to "massive liability in lawsuits" over the executed Iraqi dictator.

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