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50-strong brawl turns to melee at Mall of America

Posted: 12/27/2011 - Officials says a moving melee involving scores of juveniles at the Mall of America took police and security officers over an hour to control as shoppers packed the sprawling shopping center the day after Christmas.

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Greek Christmas sales slump 30 percent

Posted: 12/27/2011 - Greek retailers say sales fell an estimated 30 percent this Christmas, in the worst festive showing for shopowners in years as the country grapples with a debt crisis and a severe recession.

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Congress hopes to wrap up work on payroll tax cuts

Posted: 12/23/2011 - Congress will convene today in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts of $1,000 for the average worker, despite serious opposition among some tea party Republicans.

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White House condemns bombings in Iraq

Posted: 12/22/2011 - The White House is condemning the wave of deadly bombings in Iraq, and says such attempts to derail progress in the country will fail.

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10,000 American troops pulled out of Afghanistan

Posted: 12/22/2011 - U.S. military officials say that President Barack Obama's order to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year has been accomplished, a little more than a week before the year-end deadline.

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Gingrich calls out Romney on PAC ads in Iowa

Posted: 12/21/2011 - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is asking rival Mitt Romney to call off a group airing attack ads that have contributed to the former U.S. House speaker's slide in the leadoff caucus state.

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Reid to Boehner: OK compromise payroll tax cut now

Posted: 12/21/2011 - The Democratic leader of the Senate is urging Speaker John Boehner to bring the House back to Washington and approve the bipartisan Senate-approved bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.

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FAA issues rules aimed at tired airline pilots

Posted: 12/21/2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration is imposing new rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades.

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Kim's body on display, son visits

Posted: 12/20/2011 - The body of longtime North Korea ruler Kim Jong Il is on display in a glass coffin surrounded by red flowers at a memorial palace in the country's capital.

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Trade group: Holiday shoppers step up buying

Posted: 12/20/2011 - A trade group for U.S. malls is reporting a sharp increase in sales for the week that ended Saturday, but shoppers are still behind in holiday buying compared with a year ago.

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Stocks surge at opening

Posted: 12/20/2011 - Stocks are surging after the opening bell following encouraging signs out of Europe and a jump in apartment building in the U.S.

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