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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Andy Jordan's Tech Diary- Millennium Bug Nine Years Late

Zune users got a taste of the millennium bug nine years late. WSJ's Andy Jordan reports on online reaction to Z2K9.

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Gadget Girl- Samsung vs. LG

WSJ's tech reporter Courtney Banks compares two phones, Samsung's High Note with LG's third-generation Chocolate phone.

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Copyright Expires on Gandhi Works

It's now open season when it comes to publishing the texts and concepts of Mahatma Gandhi, as copyright law holds that 60 years after someone's death, their written works go into the public domain. Courtesy Reuters.

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Turmoil in Gaza Continues; Leaders Urge Cease-Fire

The battle between Israel and Hamas pushed into its fifth straight day as leaders in the region and across the world called for a cease-fire. Fox's David Lee Miller reports.

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Car Bomb Blast Rocks Spain

A car bomb has exploded in the Basque city of Bilbao, northern Spain, outside the Basque television station. Courtesy Reuters.

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Hockey Rivals Face Off at Wrigley Field

On New Year's Day, the NHL Winter Classic will pit two longtime hockey rivals -- the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit's Red Wings -- in an unlikely place: Wrigley Field. WSJ's Bryan Gruley reports.

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A New Taste for Campbell

The soup maker has faced hurdles but looks attractively priced for the current climate.

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Political Tug of War Continues Over Senate Seat

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich made his move to fill the empty Senate seat, and now it's up to the U.S. Senate to take action. Courtesy Fox News.

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Raser Technologies Sees Rise Despite Hurdles

Major indices, such as Raser Technologies, rose Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 117 points, despite the threat that unemployment for December will rise.

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Markets Bid a Not-So-Fond Farewell to 2008

It's been a horrible year for stocks overall, the worst since 1931. Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor's and his father, Robert Stovall, a money manager at Wood Asset Management, review the past year with MarketWatch's Steve Gelsi. (Dec. 31)

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Tough Times Topple Woolworths

The credit crunch and consumer pessimism may spell a bleak outlook for other British retailers in 2009. MarketWatch's Aude Lagorce reports. (Dec. 31)

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Space Shuttle Columbia's Final Moments

NASA issues a report, providing the most detailed account of the final moments of the seven astronauts who died aboard the spacecraft Columbia before its disintegration upon re-entry in 2003. Courtesy Reuters.

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Obama Vacations in Hawaii

President-elect Barack Obama plays golf as well-wishers look on during a vacation in Hawaii before he embarks on the American presidency in the new year. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Melamine Trials Begin in China

Trials began for 17 suspects accused of adding an industrial chemical to milk powder in China. Chinese authorities say thousands of children have developed health problems after drinking melamine-contaminated milk or baby formula. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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In Gaza, Pressure Mounts for Truce

Israel's fierce offensive against Hamas Islamists tapered off, with only two air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Protesters against the offensive have held demonstrations in Washington, D.C., New York and Jakarta.

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Blagojevich Defies All And Fills Senate Seat

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich defied everyone, including President-elect Barack Obama and appointed a replacement for Obama's senate seat. The Senate may try to reject it outright. Courtesy Fox News

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Expert Finds Child Murder Suspect Incompetent

The attorney for a 9-year-old suspect in a double-murder in Arizona says a psychologist has found the boy incompetent to stand trial. (Dec. 30)

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Palestinian fighters prepare for Israeli ground assault

Palestinian fighters are preparing for a potential Israeli ground assault. We talk to members of the Saraya Al-Quds brigade as they ready their weapons.

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Fidel Castro's impenetrable hideout

As Cuba celebrates the 50th anniversary of its revolution, Cubans and visitors from around the world are heading up into the mountains to see where Fidel Castro, the iconic former leader of the country's communist dictatorship, first started his fight.

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Bush, Olmert Discuss Ways to End Gaza Violence

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert assures President Bush that Israel is focusing its attack on Hamas and trying to limit civilian casualties. Israel began launching air strikes into Gaza last Saturday in response to rocket strikes by Hamas. (Dec. 31)

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Bomb Explodes in Spain's Basque Area, 1 Injured

A car bomb exploded Wednesday outside a regional television station in northern Spain following a warning call from the armed separatist group ETA, police said(Dec. 31)

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Raw Video- Russia Rings in the New Year

Fireworks adorn the sky over the Red Square in Moscow as crowds welcome 2009. (Dec. 31)

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Raw Video- Far East Welcomes 2009

From Australia to Hong Kong, one side of the world welcomes 2009 with fireworks displays. (Dec. 31)

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NYC Revelers Look Forward to the New Year

Up to a million revelers are expected to shiver through whirling snow and icy wind in Times Square for the chance to usher in 2009. (Dec. 31)

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Top Hangover Remedies

According to Terry Condon of NYC's Gallagher's Steak House, there are at least 5 things you can do to help 'fix' a hangover. (Dec. 31)

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Raw Video- Car Stuck in Washington Street Hole

Authorities in Washington, D.C. are trying to figure out how an apparently abandoned car got stuck in a hole at a District intersection. (Dec. 31)

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Slide Survivor Talks of Leaving Friends Behind

One of three men who survived a series of avalanches that killed eight in British Columbia says the decision to leave his buddies buried on the mountainside was `gut-wrenching.' (Dec. 31)

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Man Charged in Hudson Killings Appears in Court

A murder indictment was issued Tuesday against the man charged with killing the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. (Dec. 30)

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Jena 6 Teen Shoots Himself

After news broke of his arrest on a shoplifting charge, Mychal Bell shot himself in the chest Monday with a .22-caliber handgun. He remained hospitalized Tuesday but police said his chest wound was not life-threatening. (Dec. 30)

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Raw Video- New Zealand Welcomes 2009

Fireworks exploded over Auckland as New Zealand celebrated the New Year, welcoming in 2009. (Dec. 31)

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Israel Pushes Ahead As Gaza Assault Enters Day 5

Israeli leaders decided to reject an immediate 48-hour pause in fighting and push ahead with the devastating air offensive against Hamas, sending jets and assault helicopters to pound targets in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day Wednesday. (Dec. 31)

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Police- Dad Forced Daughter on Deadly Snow Walk

An Idaho man has been charged with second-degree murder after his 11-year-old daughter died walking in the snow after their vehicle got stuck. (Dec. 31)

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N.M. Sect Leader Sentenced to 10 Years

Wayne Bent, the leader of a small New Mexico religious sect was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexual misconduct with two teenage female followers. (Dec. 31)

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Police- Santa Gunman Planned to Kill More Than 9

The man behind the murders of nine people at his ex in-laws Christmas party was on a slow personal decline according to a best friend of one the victims. The AP's John Mone reports. (Dec. 30)

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Blagojevich Announces Pick for Obama Seat

Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of former state Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to Barack Obama's Senate seat injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor. (Dec. 30)

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Sharks under threat in the Maldives

Once a sanctuary for exotic underwater species, the Maldives is facing a dramatic dive in shark numbers. Chinese demand for fins is driving the collapse, with local fishermen targeting sharks to cash in on their market value.

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Japan�s beef proving a hit in France

Japan�s famous Kobe beef, also known as wagyu, is making mouths water in France, where it is a hot dish for New Year festivities. To

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Palestinian rocket falls on Israeli school

Hamas militants fired two rockets deep into Israel on Wednesday, both hitting near the desert city of Beersheva, the longest range yet that Hamas rockets have struck.

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Skiing on the cheap in the French Alps

The credit crunch is failing to put a stop to snow lovers getting away for their annual ski trip. While some are saving money by staying in caravans, others are throwing caution to the wind and splashing out on super chalets.

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Living among the wounded in Gaza

The death toll is rising in the Gaza offensive. So far, some 400 people have been killed and nearly 2000 have been wounded.

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Hong Kong shares close the year 48.3 percent down from 2007

Hong Kong share prices closed the year Wednesday down 48.3 percent from 2007, marking the worst percentage fall in 34 years as the global economic crisis hit hard. File footage.

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Thai fans of kick volleyball defy gravity

Kick volleyball thrives in Bangkok urban sprawl. Fans of takraw, as the sport is known in Thailand, do not use their hands, while performing gravity-defying "scorpion kicks."

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A French Toast NYE Brunch

Market Table's Executive Chef Mike Price has a few ideas for a bubbly morning after New Years' Eve with a festive French toast brunch.

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Showdown Over Senate Seat

Embattled Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich defied critics and moved to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, reports Sandra Hughes. Maggie Rodriguez talks to Ill. Rep. Bobby Rush about the appointment.

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