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Friday, January 2, 2009

A Johnson Welcome

London Mayor Boris Johnson hosts City Hall's first citizenship ceremony promoting cultural identity and British nationalism for new citizens. (Jan. 3)

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Carpetbagger- New Year's at the Movies

David Carr goes to the movies on New Year's Eve in Times Square.

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Muslim Family Kicked Off Plane for Remarks

A Muslim family is kicked off a plane after other passengers report hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Looking Ahead- Madoff, Macworld, CES

The first full week of 2009 will be a busy one in the world of business and financial news, beginning with a House hearing into the alleged Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme and ending with the unemployment report. Stacey Delo reports.

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For 2009, A To-Do List for Wine

WSJ's tastings Columnists Dottie Gaiter and John Brecher have a list of 20 must-do things for wine lovers. Go crazy on a wine pairing, attend a wine-makers dinner, order the cheapest wine on the menu and more!

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In Arizona, a $103,000 Shack

As WSJ's Michael Phillips reports, a shack in Arizona with a $103,000 mortgage helps explain the economic mess we're in.

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Sri Lanka Captures Rebel Capital

Sri Lanka dealt a major blow to Tamil Tigers when soldiers seized the rebel town of Kilinochchi. The group has waged a deadly fight for independence for 25 years. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Eight Year Fly on White House Wall

Every position in the White house is an important one, including that of the official White House photographer, Eric Draper, who has covered all eight years of George W. Bush's life in the White House and on the road. Courtesy Fox News.

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Palestinians Riot and Mourn Hamas Leader

Thousands of Gaza residents took part in the funeral procession for Nizar Rayan who was targeted and killed along with 12 members of his family when an Israeli air strike dropped a missile on his home in Jabalya. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Read the Fine Print on Leveraged Funds

WSJ's Tom Lauricella sits down with Dow Jones Newswires' Simon Constable and explains why leveraged mutual funds can spell trouble for investors.

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Dining Tips from Michelin Guides' Naret

Jean-Luc Naret, the director of Michelin Travel Guides, explains the value of the sought-after Michelin Star rating and offers a few tips on dining and travel deals.

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Talks to End Fighting in Gaza on Horizon

Airs strikes in Hamas continued targeting 20 houses and a mosque believed to belong to Hamas militants and members of other armed groups. This is the seventh straight day of fighting. Courtesy Fox News.

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Tiny Kitchen- Tangerine Sherbet

Jill Santopietro, recipe tester for the New York Times, creates a tangerine sherbet recipe from this week's magazine in her tiny 11.5 square foot kitchen, and explains why it isn't "sorbet."

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Israel Keeps Up Gaza Offensive

Israel bombed a mosque it says was used to store weapons and destroyed the homes of alleged Hamas operatives Friday, the seventh day of a blistering offensive in Gaza. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Business- Debt Trap- College Borrowing Catches Up

As a college student, Stefan Heise relied on student loans and credit cards to pay for his education. Now out of school, he is more than $80,000 in debt and facing bankruptcy.

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Israel Kills Top Hamas Figure, Escalates Campain

An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas' top five decision-makers Thursday, instantly killing him and 18 others, while the Israeli army said troops massed on the Gaza border were ready for any order to invade. (Jan. 1)

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4 Arrested in Calif. Gang Rape of Lesbian

Two men and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday. (Jan. 1)

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Bombs Shut Down Colorado Town

A one-time resident of this city who had been bitter over its transformation into a playground for the rich left four gift-wrapped bombs downtown in a bank-robbery attempt, turning New Year's Eve celebrations into a mass evacuation. (Jan. 1)

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Israel Kills Top Hamas Figure

An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas' top five decision-makers Thursday, instantly killing him and 18 others, while the Israeli army said troops massed on the Gaza border were ready for any order to invade. (Jan. 1)

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New Yorkers Take Polar Bear Plunge

Several hundred brave swimmers marked the beginning of 2009 by taking a dip in the frigid water at Coney Island. The air temperature hovered around 20 degrees, but the blustery winds made it feel much colder. (Jan. 1)

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Rice Vows Hard Work on Arranging Gaza Cease-fire

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused the militant Hamas organization of holding the people of Gaza hostage Friday and said the United States continues to seek a 'durable and sustainable' cease-fire. (Jan. 2)

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RI Sen. Pell, Proponent of Student Grants, Dies

Former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was largely responsible for the Pell grant program for U.S. college students, died Thursday morning. He was 90. (Jan. 2)

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Mr. Obama Goes to Washington

The Obama family is preparing to move to Washington, but they will be living in a hotel for now. Obama's two daughters start school on Monday, requiring the family's early relocation. (Jan. 2)

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First Person- Israel-Gaza Crossfire Unrelenting

Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza continue to exchange fire as this border conflict stretches into a seventh day. Aron Heller of The Associated Press surveys the scene from along the Israel-Gaza border. (Jan. 2)

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Uncle Arrested in Idaho Girl's Snowstorm Death

A second man has been arrested in the hypothermia death of an 11-year-old girl in Idaho and is due in court Friday. A warrant accuses Kenneth Quintana of second-degree murder and felony injury to a child. (Jan. 2)

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One Man's Bud Heaven

A Colorado man is immersing himself with all things Budweiser, saving every can and decking out his house with symbols of the brew. (Jan. 2)

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Governor May Be Leaning Toward Kennedy

Although NY Gov. David Paterson isn't saying who he'll pick to succeed Sen. Hillary Clinton as the state's junior senator, two sources close to him say Caroline Kennedy is his first choice. (Jan. 2)

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Wisc. Bikers Plunge Into Icy Lake Michigan

A Wisconsin group has put a unique spin on an old New Year's Day tradition. For the third year in a row, thrill-seekers braved the chunks of floating ice and rode their bikes into the lake. (Jan. 1)

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Day of wrath in Gaza against Israel

The Islamic group Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" following the death of a senior leader. But demonstrations over the air strikes continue to spread far beyond Gaza.

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Russia accuses Ukraine of stealing gas

Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of "stealing" gas bound for European customers and called for an emergency session of the European parliament to make its case in the latest energy crisis.

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Thousands of Afghans demonstrate against Israel, US

Thousands of Afghans demonstrated against Israel's deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip, burning effigies of the Israeli Prime Minister and a toy orangutan meant to represent US President George W. Bush.

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Hamas senior leader's death sparks call for "day of wrath"

As Israeli warplanes continue to pound militant targets in Gaza, Hamas has ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of a senior commander.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Palestinians hurled rocks at police in several neighbourhoods in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, where Israeli security forces were out in force.

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Under fire, Hamas TV fights on

The Hamas television channel is keeping up the fight for Gaza's airwaves from mobile studios after its headquarters was reduced to rubble in an air strike.

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Skiers make tracks in Namibian desert

Extreme sports are encroaching on the natural wilderness of Namibia's desert. Perhaps the most unusual of them -- skiing -- is drawing enthusiasts from around the world.

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Will Israel Invade Gaza?

Diplomatic efforts to end the six-day conflict between Israel and Hamas have done nothing to deter bombings by either side. The next phase for Israel could be a massive ground invasion. Susan Roberts reports.

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Obama's 'Day One'

President-elect Barack Obama will take office in 20 days with the country facing a slew of challenges. What will be the most pressing issues on "Day One?" Ben Tracy reports.

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Aspen Suspect Kills Himself

Colorado police say the man suspected of placing four homemade bombs in downtown Aspen on New Year's Eve committed suicide. The scare forced evacuations that shut down the city. Bob Orr reports.

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MoneyWatch

Analysts predict that Wall Street will make a comeback in 2009. And the Fed will make another attempt to help the housing market. Kathryn Brown reports.

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Getting In Shape Fast

One of the toughest parts about getting into shape is finding the time to do it. But, as trainer Ryan Shanahan explains, a workout program using kettle bells could be the solution.

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Making Over Your Cubicle

Anyone who works in a cubicle knows that sitting in a boxed-in space can make you feel claustrophobic and unproductive. But they can be made more comfortable. CNET's Natali Del Conte reports.

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Scout Earns Every Merit Badge

Boy Scout Shawn Goldsmith has earned all of the 121 merit badges the organization offers, ranging in subjects from basketry to nuclear science. Maggie Rodriguez reports on this rare feat.

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Womb With A View

The National Geographic Channel will give viewers never-before-seen looks at cats, dogs and other animals inside the womb. Veterinarian Bernadine Cruz talks with Maggie Rodriguez.

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Financial Tips For '09

As 2009 begins, many Americans are concerned about the economy and their own personal finances. Financial planner Jill Schlesinger talks to Jeff Glor about how to plan for the New Year.

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Heavenly Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate offers warm comfort in the cold of winter. Chef Christopher Brooks shows Jeff Glor how to give hot chocolate a gourmet makeover.

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Israel May Invade Gaza

As rockets fly between Israel and Hamas, Israeli troops are staged along Gaza's border, poised to invade if the order comes. Mark Phillips reports.

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What's Obama Thinking?

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift talks about what she thinks is on President-elect Barack Obama's mind as he prepares to take office.

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Smoking Bans Prove Beneficial

The Centers for Disease Control says there's dramatic new evidence that public smoking bans may be saving lives. Mark Strassmann reports.

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Freezing In The New Year

Subzero temperatures are ringing in the New Year across the northern half of the U.S. And, as Michelle Miller reports, the cold has proven to be deadly this winter.

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Black And White Twins

A British family has welcomed a second set of rare twins to their family. In each set, one twin is black like the father and the other is white like the mother. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

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Boy Rescued From Recycling Plant

A frantic, six-hour search for a little boy lost inside a giant paper recycling plant was successful. But rescuers then had to extricate the boy from a mountain of packed paper. Maggie Rodriguez reports.

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Daredevil On New Year's Stunt

Daredevil Robbie Maddison rang in the New Year in Las Vegas by launching his bike 105 feet into the air and then dropping some 60 feet to a landing ramp below. Maggie Rodriguez reports.

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Obama's Back To Work

The Obama family has ended their Hawaiian vacation, arriving back in Chicago. The Obamas are expected to move to Washington, D.C. this weekend. Bill Plante reports.

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WH Laughs Off Obama Arrival

White House Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Johndroe laughed when asked by CBS News' Bill Plante how the President feels about having a "parallel administration across the street" at the Hay Adams Hotel.

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Defending Bristol's Education

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is waging a war against the media. Palin has personally contacted various news organizations to defend her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. Michelle Gielan reports.

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This Bud's For Him

John Bird, whose friends call him "Birdweiser," has collected nearly 16,000 Budweiser beer cans and decorated his Denver home as a tribute to his favorite brew.

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Rice- No Plans To Go To Israel

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefed President Bush on the situation in Gaza. She said they are working on a cease fire which prohibits Hamas access to rocket firing points in Gaza.

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Notebook- New Year's Day

Already break your New Year's resolution? Katie Couric has some advice for you.

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Rare Twins Born, Again

It's a New Year's celebration for a British couple who welcomed a second set of fraternal twins. Both sets look as different as their mother and father who are black and white. Karen Brown reports.

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Majority of Americans Worry about Retirement

Sixty-two percent of Americans say they are very or moderately worried about not having enough money for retirement and 49% say the same about not being able to maintain their standard of living.

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