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“Hurt Locker,” French films win U.S. critics awards
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

“The Hurt Locker,” an independently made film about U.S. bomb disposal experts in Iraq, picked up several more awards on Sunday when the National Society of Film Critics chose it as the best film of 2009, solidifying its status among favored Oscar contenders.

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Kim Raver promoted on “Grey’s Anatomy”
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Kim Raver is taking up permanent residence at Seattle Grace, only two months after she joined ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” as a recurring character.

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Blagojevich to appear on TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice”
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will be among stars taking on real estate mogul Donald Trump in the boardroom for the “Celebrity Apprentice” television program in March, NBC said on Monday.

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Five killed and three missing in Swiss avalanches
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Five people died in avalanches in Switzerland at the weekend, including a doctor flown in to help rescue trapped skiers, and at least three were still missing, police said on Monday.

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Germany knows nothing of alleged CIA murder plot
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The German government said on Monday it knew nothing about a magazine report that the CIA had planned a secret operation to kill a German-Syrian in Hamburg linked to the September 11 attacks on U.S. targets.

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UK may ban Islamist march in military memorial town
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday he was appalled that an Islamist group planned to march through a town renowned for honoring British troops killed in Afghanistan.

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Abbas weighs summit to revive stalled peace talks
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled on Monday he is weighing a proposal to relaunch stalled Middle East peace talks at a U.S.-backed summit with the Israeli and Egyptian leaders early in the new year.

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Yemen kills militants it says threatened embassies
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Yemeni forces on Monday killed at least two al Qaeda militants they said were behind a threat that forced the U.S. and European embassies to close, as concern grew about the poor Arab country’s stability.

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Healthcare, economy, security on Obama’s 2010 agenda
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama faces a long list of challenges as he returned from his Hawaiian holiday on Monday and began the new year.

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September 11 conspirator loses U.S. court appeal
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in a U.S. court on criminal charges related to the September 11, 2001, attacks, lost a bid on Monday to overturn his guilty plea and his sentence of life in prison.

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Power outage halts flights at Washington DC airport
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

A power outage on Monday temporarily halted flights and security operations at Washington Reagan National Airport, airport officials said.

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NYC tourism down in 2009 but growth seen in 2010
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Tourist visits to New York City fell 3.9 percent in 2009 but the city’s tourism suffered less from the recession than other U.S. cities’, becoming the most popular destination and forecasting a 3.2 percent rise for 2010.

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