AP NewsMinute 14:50 p.m. CST - Haitians get rice...No Western victims of bombings...Dog rescue

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.N. workers have been handing out
bags of rice in front of Haiti's National Palace, drawing a crowd
of thousands. The rice was distributed to some of the makeshift
camps that are now housing hundreds of thousands of Haitians. The
goal is to set up tent cities for earthquake refugees, but aid
agencies say that could take weeks.

BAGHDAD (AP) - No Westerners were among the victims of the
suicide bomb attacks outside three Baghdad hotels today. The
attacks were carried out in an area popular with Western
journalists and other foreigners. At least 37 people were killed,
and more than 100 were injured. And they took place even as Iraq
announced it had hanged a Saddam Hussein henchman known as
"Chemical Ali."

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni security official says 43 people,
including foreigners, are being interrogated for links to the
failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day. The
official says a U.S. security team is being kept informed. He adds
that investigators have discovered that that the Nigerian suspect
lived in a house in the Yemeni capital that was owned by an
al-Qaida suspect.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before the economists declared there was
a recession, President Barack Obama says, a lot of Americans were
feeling one of their own. He's outlining some ideas aimed at
reversing what he calls an "erosion in middle-class security."
Included in next year's budget will be a doubling of the child care
tax credit, and more help for families taking care of elderly
relatives.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department is defending
its decision to deploy about 50 firefighters and a helicopter to
rescue a dog from the Los Angeles River last week. The department
has received high praise for the rescue, but has also taken some
criticism for using so many resources. A spokesman says there was
no extra cost because the firefighters were on duty and stationed
nearby.

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