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As The Iraq War Ends, Reassessing The U.S. Surge

When 30,000 additional U.S. troops entered Iraq in 2007, the tide of the war turned. The surge was widely credited — but was it the only cause, or even the main one? Some argue that Iraq's Sunnis had already decided to work with the U.S. rather than fight against it, and that this changed the course of the war.
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SEC Sues Former Freddie, Fannie Executives

The agency brought civil fraud charges Friday against two CEOs and four former top executives at the mortgage giants, accusing them of misleading investors about risky subprime loans.
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For Hitchens, In Life And Death, An Unaware Cosmos

Christopher Hitchens, the author and essayist who died on Thursday, was known for his assertive atheism. From scathing books about Mother Teresa and God, to the way his final days played out as a debate over the harm or benefit of prayer, his most lasting legacy may be his duel with religion.
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Why Airlines Keep Going Bankrupt

The industry underwent a massive change 30 years ago. Since then, airlines have lost some $60 billion. Some are still trying to adapt.
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Exercise Info, Not Calorie Counts, Helps Teens Drop Sodas

Teenagers were less likely to buy a sugary soft drink if they knew it would take 50 minutes of jogging to burn off the calories. Researchers in Baltimore slapped signs on the drink coolers in corner markets to see what information would encourage healthier drink choices.
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Secret Santa Drops Krugerrand In Donation Bucket

A gold South African Krugerrand — worth about $1,700 — was found in a Salvation Army kettle outside a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania this week. This is not the first time this has happened. The coins seem to appear almost every year near Gettysburg.
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Thieves Apprehended After Pocket Dialing 911

As they drove off after stealing DVDs and video games from Target, one thief pocket dialed 911. A dispatcher listened as the duo detailed their heist, including how the police would be looking for their Blue Dodge Durango. That tip led the cops straight to them.
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With Iowa Vote Looming, Gingrich Struggles To Stay Atop GOP Field

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got front-runner treatment during the final GOP debate before that state's crucial Jan. 3 caucuses, taking a pounding for his years as a highly-compensated Washington influence peddler.

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