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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Lowest Manhattan, home to Wall Street and the nation's first Congress, has survived massive fires, terrorist attacks and a string of stock market crashes.

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The Neediest Cases | New Beginnings

Stanley Tannen turned to begging on the street to support his life's mission: to unite and lift up humanity through free public readings. With the help of several agencies, he now has a new apartment.

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Recycled Paper Prices Get Snipped Away

Falling prices for recycled paper means Christmas trash this year is worth only a fraction of what it fetched last year, leaving only a few winners in this market. WSJ's Joel Millman reports.

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Dozens Die in Thai Club Fire

A New Year's Eve blaze at a Bangkok nightclub kills scores and injures many more. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Attacks Continue in Gaza

Israel launches New Year F16 attack on Gaza border as UN condemns violence on both sides. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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NYC Celebrates- Times Square Ball Drop

Despite a wind chill that makes it feel like 1 degree, hundreds of thousands are welcoming 2009 at New York's Times Square. (Jan. 1)

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World Ushers in 2009 With Fireworks

2008 made way for 2009 across the globe as spectacular fireworks displays from Moscow to London to New York welcomed the new year. (Jan. 1)

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Couple Has Similar Twins for Second Time

A British mixed race couple have become parents to a set of black and white twin girls for a second time, defying the odds. (Jan. 1)

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Dozens Die in Nightclub Fire in Bangkok

A fire swept through a high-class nightclub jammed with several hundred New Year's revelers early Thursday, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 200, officials said. (Jan. 1)

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Pope Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza

Pope Benedict XVI is praying for an end to the violence in Gaza, and for Israelis and the Palestinians to live in peace. (Jan. 1)

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Pope Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza

Pope Benedict XVI is praying for an end to the violence in Gaza, and for Israelis and the Palestinians to live in peace. (Jan. 1)

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US Troops Celebrate New Year in Kabul

As they celebrate the start of 2009 in Afghanistan many U.S. troops say they're thinking about their families back home. As many as 32,000 American troops are currently serving in the country. (Dec. 31)

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Md. Company Continues Inaugural Float Tradition

Saws are buzzing in the cavernous warehouse where a Maryland company is fast at work on making parade floats it has provided for presidential inaugurations since Harry Truman's in 1949. (Dec. 31)

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Revelers Stake Out Prime Spots for Rose Parade

The Rose Parade is a New Year's tradition for Pasadena, California and so is camping out to get a prime spot as the AP's John Mone reports. (Dec. 31)

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Thai Police- Dozens Die in Nightclub Fire

The new year has gotten off to a tragic start in Bangkok, Thailand, where at least 59 people have been killed in a nightclub fire. The blaze erupted shortly after midnight. (Dec. 31)

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Video Essay- Ringing in 2009

AP photographer Julie Jacobson was in Times Square in New York to capture the sights and sounds of revelers saying goodbye to 2008 and welcoming in 2009. (Jan. 1)

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First Person- at the Israel-Gaza Border

Close to a flashpoint along the Israel-Gaza border, Aron Heller of The Associated Press sets the scene as clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas militants drag on for a sixth day. (Jan. 1)

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The Granddaddy of Parades

Thousands of people lined the streets in Pasadena, California, for the annual Rose Parade. (Jan. 1)

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Police- Bomb Threat Was Real

The threat that shut down this resort town on New Year's Eve was real: Police say that four packages in holiday wrapping held dangerous bombs made of gasoline and cell phones parts and came with notes warning of 'mass death.' (Jan. 1)

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Israeli bombs fall on Gaza

Israel carried out airstrikes for a sixth day on Gaza as its troops massed around the Palestinian enclave for a threatened ground offensive.

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Iraqi troops take over Green Zone security

The United States has handed over security control of Baghdad's Green Zone, a potent symbol of the American occupation, to Iraqi forces.

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Israeli Foreign Minister meets French President over Gaza

On a visit to Paris to see the French President, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni insisted Israel had achieved changes in its attack on Gaza.

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No money worries at the Moulin Rouge

Think of Paris and you�re likely to think of the Moulin Rouge and its legendary cancan dancers. Places aren�t cheap but all seats were full last night for a special New Year�s Eve show.

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Ukrainians react to Russia cutting off gas

After Russia cut off gas supplies to its neighbour Ukraine, Ukrainians express their fears for the future.

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Norwegian doctors arrive in Gaza to help overstretched hospitals

Two Norwegian doctors from the humanitarian organisation NORWAC arrived at al-Shifa hospital in a show of solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts.

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Police probe Bangkok New Year nightclub inferno

Thai police are sifting through the charred remains of an upscale Bangkok nightclub seeking clues to a blaze that killed 58 revellers ringing in the New Year.

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Bangkok nightclub fire kills over 50 New Year revellers

A fierce fire tore through an upscale Bangkok nightclub early on Thursday as revellers celebrated New Year, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 200 others.

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Counterfeit Cash Boom

With the consistently weakening economy, police officials have reported an increase in arrests concerning the production of counterfeit currency. KHOU s Jeff McShan reports from Houston.

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MoneyWatch

Over 140,000 Americans have filed for unemployment benefits this year, far more than originally expected. CBS News Kathryn Brown reports on this and the rest of today s top financial news.

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Kidney Transplant Breakthrough

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report which indicates that a new high-tech device can preserve kidneys and other organs in a highly efficient manner. Manuel Gallegus reports.

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2008's Notable Animals

Knut the Polar Bear almost got the boot from the Berlin Zoo and Leo the Jack Russell Terrier risked his life to save a litter of kittens from a burning house. Cali Carlin has more on the memorable animals of 2008.

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Caught On Tape In '08

From CBS's own Dave Price getting up close and personal with Hurricane Ike to the infamous shoe thrown at President Bush, Cali Carlin takes a look at the top 5 moments that were caught on tape in 2008.

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09' Retail Forecast Bleak

Michelle Miller reports some 200,000 businesses are expected to close next year as part of an overall a grim prospect for retail sales in '09.

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Gaza Death Toll Rises

Five days of Israel's air offensive on Gaza has brought the death toll up to 390 and 1,600 wounded. Yet hope remains that a truce between Israel and Hamas will be reached. Mark Phillips reports.

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UN Working To Halt Attacks

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on New Year's Eve to come up with a resolution to stop attacks on Gaza. Pam Falk, CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst, offers some more insight on the crisis.

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Space Needle Lights Up Sky

Seattle, Wash. welcomed in the New Year with the traditional fireworks show at the Space Needle. The 600-foot tall structure was built for the 1962 World s Fair.

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The Bartering Business

As the recession deepens, many cash-strapped Americans are turning to a Depression-era tradition. Mark Strassmann has more on the gaining popularity of bartering.

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Florida's New Year's Drag

Thousands filled Duval Street in Key West, Fla. to welcome 2009 by watching the "drop" of a renowned female impersonator. Gary Marion (better known as "Sushi") was perched in a super-sized red high heel.

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Clintons Drop Ball In Times Sq.

Bill and Hillary Clinton rang in the New Year in New York's Times Square where they initiated the ball drop, then danced the night away.

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Burris Defiant On Senate Seat

Despite the rejections of 50 Senate Democrats, Roland Burris says that he will fill Barack Obama?s empty seat in Congress. And, as Wyatt Andrews reports, experts say that Burris has a strong case.

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Mall Brawl Breaks Out

Caught On Tape: A brawl broke out at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wis. Surveillance video shows a group of young people fighting in the middle of a store. Three people were arrested.

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Notebook- Year In Review

2008 had its ups and downs, from the election of our first African-American president to the mortgage meltdown and the economic recession, but with 2009 comes a brand new start. Katie Couric reports.

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