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December 3, 2008

Body Discovered in Alley

Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered in a Minneapolis alley Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.

The body was discovered in an alley between University Ave NE and 26th Ave around 7:30 a.m.

The woman, described between the ages of 35 and 50, was not dressed for the winter weather, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It is believed her body had been left there following her death.

Protestors Leave Thai Airport

An eight-day protest at Bangkok's main international airport has come to an end, the BBC reported.

The People's Alliance for Democracy left the airport ended protests after a court ruled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat is banned from politics.

The court ruled Wongsawat must dissolve both of his own political party. The court also ruled another two parties must dissolve.

Protests began in May, leading to a takeover of the prime minister's office in August and aiport seizures last week, The New York Times reported.

Richardson Receives Nod From Obama

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico) received the nomination from President-Elect Barack Obama as Secretary of Commerce on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.

Obama has been criticized for giving Richardson the position after choosing Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. ‚ÄúCommerce secretary is a pretty good job,‚Ä? Obama responded.

Richardson has an extensive history with previous presidential administrations, including as energy secretary and U.N. ambassador during former President Bill Clinton's administration. Lt. Gov. Diane Danish will serve as the interim governor for New Mexico, the BBC reported.