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Monday, December 29, 2008

Blagojevich Names Pick for Senate Seat

Facing corruption charges, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday named Roland Burris, a former state attorney general, to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

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Tax Tips to Save You Money for 2008

Tax columnist Tom Herman sits down with Kelsey Hubbard and offers a few year-end tax tips to save you money for 2008.

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Pizzocheri- Baked Whole Wheat Noodle

Mark Bittman creates a hearty northern Italian pasta dish.

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Critics' Picks- 'The Apartment'

A. O. Scott reviews Billy Wilder's brilliant alternative to classic holiday films.

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White House Blames Hamas for New Violence

The Bush administration has called again for a "sustainable cease-fire" in the Mideast and demands that Hamas stop its attacks on Israel. (Dec. 29)

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Former Child Slave in LA Speaks Out

A teenager who worked as a virtual child slave for a family in Egypt and then accompanied the family to the U.S. when she was just ten-years-old looks back at her ordeal. (Dec. 28)

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South Korea's killing fields

South Korea's Truth and Reconciliation Commission is finally lifting the veil of secrecy over the massacres of tens of thousands of civilians half a century ago.

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Revolutionary Road

A decade after the blockbuster Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are together again for Sam Mendes's "Revolutionary Road."

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It's risky driving in a country of race car drivers

Just before the Dakar race is set to take place in Argentina, AFPTV takes a look at road safety in one of the most dangerous and even fatal countries to drive in the world.

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Hezbollah chief urges new Palestinian uprising

Tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters turned out to rally against Israel's three-day assault against Gaza. The militant group's leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Palestinians to launch a new uprising.

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Israeli tanks on stand-by in "all-out" war on Hamas

Israeli tanks are standing by to join Israel's "all-out" war on Hamas that has killed at least 345 people and prompted deadly rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

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Iraq- looking back on 2008

Having largely routed insurgents and nailed down a timeline for the withdrawal of US troops, Iraq will next year confront the mammoth task of rebuilding amid lingering violence.

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Israel bombs Gaza in 'all-out war' on Hamas

Israel bombed Gaza for a third day Monday in an "all-out war" on Hamas, as tanks massed on the border and the Islamists fired deadly rockets in retaliation for the blitz that has killed at least 318 people.

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An unearthly search for Vietnam's missing dead

More than 30 years after the end of the war that left at least three million Vietnamese dead, thousands of families are turning to psychics to search for missing loved ones.

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Hospitals in Gaza suffer chronic shortages

Israeli jets are bombing Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip for a third day and rising casualty numbers are putting the region's hospitals under extreme pressure.

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Taliban claim suicide blast that killed 14 Afghan children

Afghanistan's extremist Taliban network on Monday claimed responsibility for a weekend suicide car bombing that the NATO military force said killed 14 children and two adults. Images of attack released by ISAF.

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Thai protesters force PM to delay speech

Thousands of protesters blockaded Thailand's parliament on Monday, forcing new premier Abhisit Vejjajiva to delay his maiden policy speech.

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Child traffickers prey on poor migrants

Child trafficking is on the rise in China, and kidnappers often target the children of poor migrant workers. For parents, it is all too often a lonely fight to track down their loved ones.

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UN Calls for Israel to Open Gaza Border to Aid

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is calling for Israel and Hamas to halt all acts of violence. He also called for Israel to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip. (Dec. 29)

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Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Pakistan

A suicide bomb blast killed dozens in northwest Pakistan, underscoring concern that militant violence near the Afghan border could escalate. (Dec. 28)

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American Woman Goes Missing on Caribbean Cruise

FBI agents have talked to the husband of a woman who reportedly fell from a cruise ship balcony in the waters off Cancun. Passenger Jennifer Seitz was reported missing from the Norwegian Pearl ship by her husband last week. (Dec. 29)

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Explosion Levels New York Home

An explosion has destroyed a Long Island house, and the family inside has escaped unscathed. (Dec. 29)

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American Muslim Group Condemns Gaza Assault

The Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic relations condemns Israel's move on Gaza and says it's more about internal Israeli politics than threats from Gaza. (Dec. 29)

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Israel Says Gaza Assault 'war to the Bitter End'

Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a 'war to the bitter end,' striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building. (Dec. 29)

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Colo. Avalanche Kills 2 Snowmobilers

Authorities said an avalanche occurred Saturday afternoon as four Colorado residents were snowmobiling near Grand Lake, on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. (Dec. 29)

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More People Head to Trial in China Milk Scandal

Four more people are headed to trial in connection to China's tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies, and sickened hundreds of thousands of others. The milk was tainted with the industrial chemical melamine. (Dec. 29)

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New Ball Ready for Times Square Celebration

Workers have put the finishing touches on a dazzling new Waterford Crystal ball that will drop in Times Square to signal the start of the new year. (Dec. 28)

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