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  • Democratic Lawmakers May Investigate Bush Years
    President-elect Barack Obama has suggested that when it comes to investigating the Bush administration on issues such as eavesdropping or interrogations, he'd rather look forward than back. He also said over the weekend that it may take time to close the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. But Democrats in Congress have their own plans.
  • Sen. Conrad: Stimulus Should Create More Jobs
    Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has concerns about President-elect Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Conrad is among a group of Democratic senators who have criticized the plan for giving too much emphasis to tax cuts and not enough to job creation.
  • Immigrants Forced To Margins Of Italian Society
    Once an exporter of laborers, Italy now finds itself importing workers from abroad. Despite this need, many Italians feel they are the victims of an immigrant "invasion." Discrimination against foreigners is widespread, and there has been a recent surge in racist attacks.
  • Civil Rights Icon To Deliver Inaugural Benediction
    The Rev. Joseph Lowery marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with whom he co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On Jan. 20, Lowery, 87, will deliver the benediction at the inauguration of America's first African-American president.
  • Israeli Forces Tighten Hold On Gaza City Outskirts
    Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip enters its 18th day. Israeli ground forces are pushing slowly but steadily into the more densely populated areas of Gaza City. Talks about a cease-fire continue in Cairo, but it doesn't look as if they're making any progress.
  • Politics Of Gaza Crisis May Undercut Abbas
    Among the many losers in the war in Gaza may be Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement. At the start of the conflict, he said Hamas was at least partially to blame. But even after toughening his criticism of Israel, it seems his strategy has backfired.
  • Europeans Still Waiting For Gas From Russia
    Russia says it is pumping gas through pipes that run through Ukraine. If true, that would resolve Europe's energy crisis. Russia shut off gas to Ukraine because of a price dispute. Gas then stopped flowing through Ukraine to European nations that suffered a painful wintertime loss of energy supplies. After intense negotiations, E.U. officials brokered a deal to get some gas flowing. However, the gas is still not leaving Ukraine, which the Ukrainians blame on a technical problem.
  • Dell To Close Irish Factory, Move To Poland
    Dell is shutting down a manufacturing plant in Limerick, Ireland, over the next year. It plans to move 1,900 jobs to a new plant in Poland. The closure is a shock to the western Irish city where Dell was the main employer.
  • Dell Settles Misleading Financing Complaints
    PC buyers who complained that Dell Inc. misled them about financing and service will be reimbursed for their trouble. The company will pay $3.85 million to at least 46 states that filed complaints on behalf of consumers.
  • Get Paid For Lounging Around Great Barrier Reef
    It's billed as the "best job in the world." The Australian state of Queensland is looking for an island caretaker. Key responsibilities for the live-in job include exploring the Great Barrier Reef's islands and blogging to promote them to an international audience. The six-month contract pays $100,000 in U.S. currency.

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