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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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US Army traces alleged leaker's digital footprints

Posted: 12/19/2011 - Military prosecutors at Fort Meade are more than halfway through their witness list at a hearing to determine whether an Army intelligence analyst charged with giving a boatload of classified information to WikiLeaks will be court-martialed.

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NEW: German court: killer of US airmen mentally fit

Posted: 12/19/2011 - A psychologist says an alleged Islamic extremist who has admitted killing two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport earlier this year is mentally fit and can be held criminally responsible for his actions.

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North Korea mourns Kim Jong Il

Posted: 12/19/2011 - The Obama administration may postpone efforts to restart nuclear talks with North Korea following the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

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Consumer prices unchanged in November

Posted: 12/16/2011 - Consumer prices stayed flat in November, the latest sign that inflation has cooled off. Energy costs dropped for the second straight month, which offset higher prices that Americans paid for food, clothes and medical services.

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Miss. man sentenced for threatening president

Posted: 12/16/2011 - A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up a hospital that refused surgery for his wife.

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'The Help' leads Screen Actors honors with 4 noms

Posted: 12/14/2011 - The Deep South drama "The Help" leads the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, among them honors for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

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Time names 'The Protester' as 'Person of Year'

Updated: 12/14/2011 - The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States and says these protesters are reshaping global politics.

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New data said to narrow search for Higgs particle

Posted: 12/13/2011 - A scientist from one of two research teams says new data uncovered narrow the regions where an elusive sub-atomic particle believed to be a basic building block of the universe is likely to be found.

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4 more in custody after NYC officer's death

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Four more suspects are in custody following the deadly shooting of a New York City police officer who was responding to a break-in in Brooklyn.

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Safety violations found at Head Start centers

Posted: 12/13/2011 - A report released by the inspector general of the Health and Human Department spells out alarming safety violations in Head Start centers around the country.

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