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Bookie refuses to pay out $11 million on snow bet
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Bookmaker Ladbrokes is refusing to pay out more than 7 million pounds ($11 million) to a man who gambled on a white Christmas across the UK, as the bet was accepted by mistake.

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Female acts tipped for top again in 2010 pop polls
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

No two lists are the same, but as pop pundits gaze into their crystal balls at the start of a new decade it is single female acts who look destined for the top, at the expense of indie bands.

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Elvis Presley feted in Memphis on 75th birthday
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The cold couldn’t keep them away from the “King.”

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Official says no charge yet against Jackson doctor
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The Los Angeles prosecutor’s office on Friday said it has not yet decided whether to charge Michael Jackson’s doctor with a crime in the pop singer’s sudden death by cardiac arrest last June.

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“Idol” judge Jackson calls Cowell rumors distracting
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson said on Friday he did not know whether fellow panelist Simon Cowell would be leaving the show but fevered speculation on his future was a distraction from the TV singing contest’s mission of finding the next superstar.

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France to introduce body scanners at airports
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

France will use body scanners at some of its airports, initially to search passengers heading to the United States, Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau told Europe 1 radio on Friday.

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First Georgian plane since war lands in Moscow
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

A Georgian Airways charter plane landed in Moscow from Tbilisi on Friday, the first direct flight between Georgia and Russia since the two countries fought a brief war in 2008.

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Protests continue over Egypt Copt shootings
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Separate protests by Muslim and Christian groups broke out in southern Egypt on Friday after six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman were killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, security sources said.

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Car bomb seriously injures policeman in Northern Ireland
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Republican militants seriously injured a police officer when they exploded a bomb under his car in Northern Ireland on Friday, police said, in the latest of increasingly frequent attacks in the province.

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Immigrants riot in Italy amid racial unrest
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Clashes between immigrants and locals in a southern Italian town entered a second day on Friday, with the government rushing extra police to try to stem one of the worst episodes of racial unrest in years.

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Vice President Joe Biden’s mother dies at 92
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan Biden, died on Friday at the family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the vice president said in a statement. She was 92.

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Employers slash jobs in Dec, pressuring Obama
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. employers cut 85,000 jobs in December, confounding expectations the labor market was finally stabilizing and piling pressure on President Barack Obama to spur job growth.

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