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Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who he says had a major role in bringing him up during his early years in Hawaii, died Sunday just before midnight in Honolulu. She was 86.

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It's getting worse. The AP reports: "A 64-year-old Palestinian grandmother blew herself up near Israeli troops sweeping through northern Gaza on Thursday, and eight other Palestinians were killed in a day of clashes and rocket fire."

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