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December 6, 2002
Protests take toll on U.S. oil source
A strike against President Hugo Chavez moves into Venezuela's vital oil industry.

22 die as storm freezes the East
A winter storm coats the Carolinas in ice, knocking out power to more than a million. It could be days before the lights -- and heat -- are back on.

White House looks like Christmas
WASHINGTON -- While first dogs Barney and Spot roamed about the sumptuously decorated White House East Room, first lady Laura Bush wished America a happy holiday season Thursday morning and sent greetings to members of the armed services.

Senate's 'patriarch' celebrates 100th year
WASHINGTON -- Strom Thurmond, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history, reached his 100th birthday Thursday surrounded by family, friends, Supreme Court justices and leaders of the Senate he helped to reshape.

Dismissals requested in 1989 'wilding' rape
NEW YORK -- Citing DNA on a sock, prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to throw out the convictions of five young men found guilty of beating and gang-raping a jogger during a 1989 "wilding" rampage in Central Park.

Key Saudi says Jews behind 9/11 attacks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The Saudi police minister has claimed Jews were behind the Sept. 11 attacks because they have benefited from subsequent criticism of Islam and Arabs, according to media reports.

Fighting terror notebook
U.S. warns of threat at Turkish airport

Nation in brief
Pharmacist is given 30 years for dilutions

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