Stories for December 2008

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Wednesday, December 31

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's choice of a veteran black politician to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat could be a shrewd move, potentially helping win over black lawmakers eyeballing his impeachment and perhaps even jurors in his corruption case.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel sent more troops to the Gaza border Wednesday, rapidly moving forward with preparations for a possible ground offensive as the next stage of its military assault on the coastal territory's Hamas rulers.

KNOXVILLE — Jim Chaney and Ed Orgeron have accepted offers to join the University of Tennessee’s football coaching staff, sources close to the UT program confirmed to the Times Free Press on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans had no problem saying goodbye to 2008 Wednesday, but the nation's economic troubles made many of them less interested in giving it an expensive send-off.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt won a bowl game for the first time in exactly 53 years, with Bryant Hahnfeldt kicking a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 left Wednesday for a 16-14 win over Boston College in the Music City Bowl.

The recipient of a $45 billion infusion from the federal government, Citigroup Inc. on Wednesday said it would place strict limits on management's compensation, including no severance for its top five executives.

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