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Pope Benedict XVI, right, greets the faithful as

Pope Benedict XVI, right, greets the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. A Vatican spokesman said a woman jumped barriers and knocked down the pontiff as he was arriving for the mass but the 82-year-old pope quickly got up and was unhurt. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be okay after he was knocked down in this incident (click here). Security staff will no doubt be reassesssed. Here is a verbal account. in which a woman lunged forward and caused the pile-up.

The U.S. first family begins low-key break in Hawaii.

The U.S. Senate acted on a health-care reform bill, and its impact would not seem to be revolutionary.  But the measure's cost to New York government is a concern.

Upstate, gas drilling in the watershed grows as an environmental issue.

For the last week of the year, the bulls are ascendant on Wall Street.

A search for two missing fishermen is suspended off the coast of N.J.


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