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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Day of Confirmations

In Washington, President-elect Barack Obama's electoral votes were counted and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's confirmation hearings began.

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Interview- Obama on the Economy

John Harwood of The New York Times and CNBC sits down with President-elect Barack Obama.

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The Pregame Huddle

Connor Ennis and Pete Thamel discuss the upcoming BCS championship game between the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma.

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Will Obama Raise Taxes in a Recession?

Watch the Journal Editorial Report Saturdays at 5:30 pm ET on Fox News Channel.

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Here Comes the Bureau!

New York City spent $12 million to revamp and relocate its marriage bureau. The new location, at 141 Worth Street, boasts plenty of amenities. Some wedding pros are warning Las Vegas to "Watch out."

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Mossberg on the Clickfree External Hard Drive

Personal Technology Columnist Walt Mossberg tests and reviews Clickfree, an external hard drive that promises to automate data backup.

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The 'Hill People' Watch Israel-Gaza Conflict Unfold

Moti Denino and other residents of Sderot in Israel call themselves the "hill people", watching attacks unfold between Israel and Gaza from a hillside. WSJ's Sivan Raviv reports.

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Living With- Obesity

Scott Frank has lived with obesity since childhood and his career revolves around food. But he is now managing to lose weight thanks in part to a recent change in his type 2 diabetes medication.

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BMW Ads Promote Diesel

As part of BMW's push for its two new diesel cars, the auto maker is kicking off a new ad campaign to convince Americans that diesel isn't a dirty word.

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Residents in Gaza City Scorn Brief Cease-Fire

Israel and Hamas call a temporary truce to allow aid into parts of the embattled Gaza Strip, but residents there say the 3-hour respite is not enough time to obtain food and supplies. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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EU Calls for End to Gas Dispute

The EU says Russian and Ukraine are ready to accept international monitors to check the flow of Russia gas intended to travel to Europe via Ukraine. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Behind the Scenes of the Opening Day of the 111th Congress

All throughout the six buildings that house the offices of the U.S. Congress, many members hosted parties for supporters, friends and family to celebrate the official beginning of a new term.

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'Luxury Item' Stops Aid From Reaching Gaza

An international aid organization is denied delivery of food in the Gaza Strip because its shipment includes what Israelis consider "a luxury item." WSJ's Charles Levinson reports.

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Shipping Artwork a Tough Skill to Master

Shipping artwork isn't as easy as you'd expect. As WSJ's Matt Rivera reports, the answer to safe transport lies in specially designed crates that match the dimensions of a piece.

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Write-Downs Set to Slam Oil Majors

Heard on the Street columnist Liam Denning explains to Simon Constable of Dow Jones Newswires what sectors will get hit next by write-downs. Plus how the savvy investor should trade during the likely fallout.

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Stocks Today- Investors' Optimism Dimmed

Fresh fears about the labor markets - the visceral manifestation of corporate health, and the biggest threat to a consumer recovery - have scuttled investors' optimism, and endangered the burgeoning recovery in equities in Wednesday's session.

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Closing Guantanamo- Established Systems Can Handle Terrorists

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/12/proven_path.html After nearly seven years of constant controversy, it certainly looks like Guant

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Bank of England Seen Cutting Rates

The Bank of England is expected to cut its key interest rate to a 300-year low when it meets on Thursday. Greg Smith of Fatprophets says it might take an even bigger cut to help equity markets. (Jan. 7)

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Behind the Scenes of the Opening Day of the 111th Congress

All throughout the six buildings that house the offices of the U.S. Congress, many members hosted parties for supporters, friends and family to celebrate the official beginning of a new term.

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Wine Mag Shows How Tasting Is Done

The editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine lets the Wall Street Journal sit in on a tasting to see how they rate and review wines.

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A Few Tips on Finding Inexpensive Wine

As the financial times worsen, it might be a good idea to search for quality wines that won't hurt your wallet. Enter wine expert Josh Wesson who has a few suggestions on inexpensive red or whites. WSJ's Michelle Wu reports.

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Hot Stocks- Tech

Intel sets the tone for the sector with a warning of lower earnings before the bell, based on weaker global demand for computers. Also, investors are rocked by Satyam Computer Services and its potential accounting problems. Rex Crum reports. (Jan. 7)

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Obama Fills New Watchdog Position

Only two weeks away from his inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama appoints another member to his administration and responds to questions regarding Roland Burris and the conflict in Gaza. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Gatorade's 'G' Ad Features Sports Legends

In a risky strategy to build online buzz, Gatorade has been airing unbranded teaser ads featuring big-time athletes and legendary sports stars ranging from Usain Bolt to Jackie Robinson.

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Former Presidents to Meet With Obama

All of the living former presidents will join President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama at the White House to talk about the job, and perhaps, even offer some advice. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Matthews Teases Chuck Todd

Chris Mathews teases Chuck Todd about "losing his virginity."

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The Consequences of Satyam

WSJ's Nik Deogun parses the scandal surrounding India's Satyam Computer Services Ltd., whose chairman resigned after admitting to inflating revenue and profit figures over several years. He explains how the news has shattered investor confidence and benefited the Indian company's rivals.

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Israel May Consider Egyptian Peace Plan

Gabriela Shalev, Israel's Ambassador to the U.N., says proposals by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for a limited cease-fire has not been ruled out. The plan involves a pause in the fighting to allow aid into Gaza and to buy time for Egypt to broker a longer-term truce. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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UK Atheists Spread the Word

British atheists launch an advertising campaign on buses across the country, telling people not to worry about incurring the wrath of God. The ads read, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Gaza Fighting Eases, But Many Still Dying

At least 49 Palestinians seeking refuge were killed when Israeli mortar fire hit a U.N. school. Israeli authorities say the site was being used by Hamas to launch attacks, which the group denies. Meanwhile, Egypt and France propose a cease-fire. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Obama Pushes Economic Stimulus

Barack Obama works to get his economic stimulus plan in gear as a new Congress gets seated, reports Chip Reid. Maggie Rodriguez talks to Roland Burris about his controversial appointment.

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Raw Video- Obama Meets Presidents

President-elect Barack Obama met with President Bush, as well as other living presidents today in the White House to discuss transition plans, and current events. (Jan. 7)

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Raw Video- 2 Colo. Wildfires Prompt Evacuations

Thousands of homes in Boulder, Colorado have been evacuated because of two wind-driven wildfires threatening unincorporated communities. (Jan. 7)

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Cowboy Churches Rope in New Christians

How can a bull-riding be a former of worship? Try the outreach ministry of the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, which has grown from about 300 to 2,200 members since it began nearly nine years ago. (Jan. 7)

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Six Year Old Tries to Drive Himself to School

A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family's sedan _ and crashed. His parents were charged with child endangerment. (Jan. 7)

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Man Charged in Mom's Death, Son's Kidnapping

An Ohio man accused of killing a mother and abandoning her 4-year-old son on a highway has been charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition involving a child under 13. (Jan. 6)

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Coleman Sues Over Minn. Senate Recount Result

Republican Norm Coleman has filed a lawsuit challenging Democrat Al Franken's apparent recount victory in Minnesota's US Senate race, delaying a resolution of the contest for weeks or months.(Jan. 6)

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Dozens Dead After Israel Shells Near UN School

Israeli mortar shells struck outside a U.N. school where hundreds of Palestinians had sought refuge on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, many of them children. (Jan. 6)

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Obama Has 'Extraordinary' Moment With Presidents

Confronting a grim economy and a Middle East on fire, Barack Obama turned Wednesday to perhaps the only people on the planet who understand what he's in for: the four living members of the U.S. presidents' club. (Jan. 7)

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Bush's Personality Will Shape His Legacy

Love him or hate him, President George W. Bush's distinct personality will shape his legacy once he's out of office. (Jan. 7)

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Senate Leaders Say Burris May Be Seated

In a change of course, Senate Democrats say Roland Burris may ultimately be seated as a Senator. Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Jan. 7)

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Obama Comments on Violence in Gaza

President-elect Barack Obama says he is deeply concerned about the latest surge of violence in the Palestinian-Israeli crisis and he's committed to working towards peace after he takes office. (Jan. 7 )

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Raw Video- Robbers Disguised As Hasidic Jews

Two people disguised as Hasidic Jews robbed a New York building or $4 million in jewelry. (Jan. 7)

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U.S. Sentence Served, Noriega Fights Extradition

More than a year ago, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega completed his sentence for drug racketeering and money laundering and the former Panamanian leader thought he was headed home. Instead, U.S. officials dropped a legal bomb. (Jan. 7)

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Boy Disappeared in 1999, Just Now Reported Gone

Authorities in Kansas are scrambling for clues on the whereabouts of a boy who vanished in 1999, but was only recently reported missing. (Jan. 7)

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Russia Stops All Gas Supply to Europe

An energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine is forcing tens of thousands people across Europe to cope with freezing weather and no gas heating. (Jan. 7)

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Ala. Policeman Feared Missing Arrested in Vegas

An Alabama organized crime specialist who was missing for several days has been accused of faking his disappearance and stealing at least $2,500 from his police department. (Jan. 7)

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Gaza Gets a Brief Break

Israel ordered a pause in its Gaza offensive for three hours Wednesday to allow food and fuel to reach besieged Palestinians. (Jan. 7)

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Raw Video- Gunmen Shoot at Mexican TV Station

Masked gunmen opened fire and tossed a grenade at a Mexican television station as it aired its nightly newscast on Tuesday, leaving behind a message warning the station about its coverage of drug gangs. (Jan. 7)

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Calif. Suspects Charged in Gang Rape of Lesbian

Two men and a teen were charged in the alleged gang rape of a San Francisco Bay area lesbian last month. A second teen has also been arrested in a case that has drawn national attention. (Jan. 7)

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Raw Video- New Year's Eve Ball Rises Again

The New Year's Eve crystal ball in Times Square has been lit again and raised to a permanent position on its flagpole. However, the company that made the crystal, is reportedly declaring bankruptcy. (Jan. 6)

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Bush's Personality Will Shape His Legacy

Love him or hate him, President George W. Bush's distinct personality will shape his legacy once he's out of office. (Jan. 7)

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Senate Leaders Say Burris May Be Seated

In a change of course, Senate Democrats say Roland Burris may ultimately be seated as a Senator. Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Jan. 7)

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From Banking To Baking

Three months ago, Jessi Walter lost her job as a trader on Wall Street. As Anthony Mason reports, Jessi is going into the baking business.

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White House Transition Turmoil

Katie Couric speaks with senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield about potential congressional and Cabinet setbacks facing President-elect Obama as he prepares to enter the White House.

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Pricy Crystal Co. Falters

Thousands of jobs are in jeopardy at a British company that has defined luxury for 250 years. Waterford Wedgwood has filed for bankruptcy after losing money for five years. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

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Bush's Oceanic Legacy

During President Bush's tenure, more oceans are now protected than any other time in U.S. history. As Jim Axelrod reports, nearly 200,000 square miles of ocean are now under federal protection.

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'Nowhere To Hide In Gaza'

The civilian death count is rising as the fighting continues in the Gaza Strip between Israeli and Hamas militants. And, as Mark Phillips reports, a quick resolution may not be possible.

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Senate Showdowns

The 2009 Senate has holes in it; the race in Minnesota is going to the courts, and the Senate refused to seat the Blagojevich appointee Roland Burris. Wyatt Andrews reports.

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Jackie's White House Tour

On February 14th, 1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the State Dining Room. The full tour of the White House was hosted by CBS's Charles Collingwood and shown on CBS, NBC and ABC.

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Tips To Spruce Up A Resume

Financial contributor Vera Gibbons shares tips with Harry Smith for staying sharp in a very competitive job market by thinking outside the box.

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No Television For Millions?

In February, millions of Americans will be without television service because of a government-mandated switch to digital broadcasting. Bill Whitaker reports.

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Caribbean Seafood Dishes

There's curried shrimp on the barbie since Cayman style food may help cure cabin fever during the winter months, says Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin.

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Food Trends For 2009

Registered dietician Keri Glassman explains to Harry Smith some natural, low cost food items that may fill the grocery shelves during the coming year.

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The Latest Hi-Tech Gadgets

Natali Del Conti and Daniel Sieberg reported from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. where all the latest hi-tech gadgets are premiered.

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Obama Breaks Silence On Gaza

As violence continues in the streets of Gaza, President-elect Obama has finally spoken out about the conflict. As Chip Reid reports, there are new questions about future U.S. policy towards Israel.

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Medicine- Scientology's Stand

Jett Travolta's death from a seizure disorder has sparked questions about Scientology's stance on medication. As Hattie Kauffman reports.

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Search Begins For Missing Boy

A nationwide police search for a missing boy begins after a 10 year gap in the case. The then 11 year-old boy's disappearance was not reported by his parents until now. Julie Chen reports.

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iPod Saves Buried Snowboarder

A rescue crew's night goggles picked up the iPod screen light waved by a snowboarder in New Mexico who was buried under four feet of snow, reports Daniel Sieberg.

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Burris Back On Capitol Hill

After Roland Burris's Senate appointment was denied by Senate leadership, he is back on Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Democrats. Thalia Assuras reports.

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Breakout Star Sally Hawkins

Maggie Rodriguez spoke with actress Sally Hawkins about her new film, Happy Go Lucky, and her Golden Globe nomination.

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Ads Hope To Draw Store Buyers

Dismal sales force retailers, advertisers to resort to desperate measures to attract consumers, reports Priya David.

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Chilling out with Moscow's chainsaw artists

When winter arrives, it's time for Muscovites to show off their ice-sculpting skills.

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Ashura festival climaxes with bloody self-flagellation

To mark the final day of the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura, boys and men in Kabul flayed their backs with chains and razor blades.

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Call of the wild- Dog-sledding above the Arctic Circle

Dog-sledding in the untouched snowy landscapes of Swedish Lapland is an adventure uniting lovers of dogs and of nature. Surprisingly strong Alskan huskies pull wooden sleds over the swishing ice, like in ancient Sami tradition.

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Wailing Shiite pilgrims throng holy Iraq city

Shiites in their hundreds of thousands crowded the streets of Karbala, the shrine city south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, many beating their own backs with metal chains as the annual Ashura ceremonies built towards a peak.

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Burris Arrives On The Hill

Roland Burris arrived to Capitol Hill at 10:30 am ET before meeting with the Senate Secretary and holding a press conference.

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Notebook- Burris and Franken

As Congress debates some still open Senate seats which may be filled by Roland Burris and Al Franken, Katie Couric notes that these controversies serve as a distraction from focusing on the economy.

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Interviewing Like A Pro

With unemployment rates at a six-year high, jobseekers really need to stand out during the interview process. Susan Morem, author of "How to Get a Job and Keep It," explains how.

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Biden Sworn In (As A Senator)

Vice President-elect Biden has not yet resigned his Senate seat. He was sworn in today as the senior senator from Delaware. Ted Kaufman, a longtime advisor, will replace him.

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A New Year For The Economy

In spite of Barack Obama's urgency, analysts say it will be a slow year for making gains in the economy based on the 2008 year-end housing and auto industry numbers, reports Priya David.

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Bush Legacy- Gains on Terrorism, Losses on Economy

Looking back on the past eight years, since George W. Bush became president, more Americans say the United States made progress on terrorism (40%) and race relations (40%) than on any other issue, but 87% say the country has lost ground on the economy.

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Reid won't seat Burris yet

Reid won't seat Burris yet

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Obama To Meet Ex-Presidents

At President-elect Barack Obama's request, he will meet with President Bush as well as former presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton. Bill Plante reports.

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Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta?

Harry Smith spoke with The New Republic's Michael Crowley about President-elect Barack Obama's surprising final cabinet picks.

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Obama Comments On Burris

CBS News RAW: President-elect Barack Obama ended his press conference by stating he would work with Roland Burris as he would with any Senator if Burris were seated by the Senate.

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The war of images over Gaza

A look at how both sides in Israel's assault on Gaza are trying to use the media to their advantage.

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Israel opens up humanitarian corridor into Gaza

Empty trucks were seen leaving the Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, after they delivered the first aid supplies allowed in by Israel. The 12-day-old Israeli campaign has killed at least 680 Palestinians.

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Brad Pitt's Emotional Library

Artists at Digital Domain in Los Angeles spent days with actor Brad Pitt, filming a wide range of facial expressions to create his visual transformation in "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button."

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EU increases pressure over Russia Ukraine gas row

All deliveries of Russian gas through Ukraine were halted Wednesday, depriving tens of thousands of Europeans of heat in freezing weather and raising the stakes in a bitter dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

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Five Surviving US Presidents Meet

Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped to learn from his predecessors as he met outgoing President George W. Bush and all living former presidents at the White House, where he will soon face daunting challenges as the next commander-in-chief.

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Bush's Personality Will Shape His Legacy

Love him or hate him, President George W. Bush's distinct personality will shape his legacy once he's out of office. (Jan. 7)

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Senate Leaders Say Burris May Be Seated

In a change of course, Senate Democrats say Roland Burris may ultimately be seated as a Senator. Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Jan. 7)

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