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Algerian Gitmo detainee to go to France

Updated: 04/03/2009 - An Algerian held at Guantanamo is to be settled in France, France's foreign minister said Friday, marking a possible breakthrough in President Barack Obama's quest to close the prison and resettle dozens of prisoners in foreign lands.

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More than 16 million watch `ER' finale

Updated: 04/03/2009 - An estimated 16.4 million people paid one last visit to the "ER" on Thursday, as the last piece of NBC's once-mighty "must-see TV" lineup signed off after 15 years.

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A look at North Korea's missile arsenal

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Under development. Potential range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers), putting the U.S. west coast, Hawaii, Australia and eastern Europe within striking distance. North Korea says this, and all Taepdong missiles, are space launch vehicles (SLVs) for satellites, though satellite and missile technologies are considered interchangeable.

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FDA weighs heart risks of Seroquel for depression

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Federal health officials said Friday a schizophrenia drug from AstraZeneca also works against depression, though there are concerns about its side effects, including the risk of sudden heart death.

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Life for Md. teen who killed mom after grade fight

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Maryland teenager who never got in trouble before beating his mother to death with a baseball bat after an argument over his grades was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

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Niger Delta minister sees light in economic gloom

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The head of a new Nigerian ministry charged with calming the restive petroleum region of Africa's biggest crude producer said Friday that the global economic meltdown may paradoxically be contributing to peace efforts.

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Venezuelan leader: 'Capitalism needs to go down'

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday ridiculed the G-20 summit's attempts to deal with the global financial meltdown, saying that capitalism is in crisis and must end.

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Obama pledges new US relations with Europe

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks but then "we got sidetracked by Iraq."

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Finalists selected for Australian island dream job

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A DJ from India, a journalist from Canada and a German actress were among 16 finalists announced Friday for what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" - a 150,000 Australian dollar ($108,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

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Traders put market rally on hold after steep gains

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Stocks fluctuated in quiet trading Friday as investors looked past a report that unemployment jumped last month to its highest rate since 1983 and braced for a rush of potentially bloody corporate earnings.

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Fed 'extremely uncomfortable' about bailouts

Updated: 04/03/2009 - While acknowledging that the Federal Reserve was "extremely uncomfortable" about last year's bailouts of big financial companies, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the central bank's strategy to ease the financial crisis is working.

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NiSource CEO's 2008 compensation rises 37 percent

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The president and chief executive of gas and electric utility NiSource Inc. received compensation valued at $3 million in 2008, a 37 percent increase from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

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Obama: US cannot shoulder Afghan burden alone

Updated: 04/03/2009 - European nations pledged Friday on the eve of NATO's 60th anniversary summit that they would support America's new Afghan war strategy with more civilian aid and small troop increases. President Barack Obama said Europe should not expect the U.S. to shoulder the military burden alone.

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English villagers send Google snapper packing

Updated: 04/03/2009 - You're never far from a camera in Britain, a country that has accepted the presence of millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centers and public spaces.

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Vick says he could play football for 10 more years

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick began to outline plans for life after prison Friday, telling a judge his time behind bars gave him a chance to reflect and that he hopes to play pro football for another 10 years.

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Turkey, Armenia ties improve

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, Turkey's leader said Friday that his country has taken steps toward improving relations with Armenia but gave no ground on the contentious issue of Ottoman-era genocide.

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Yale gets $50M gift for global affairs center

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Yale University's president says the college has received a $50 million gift from a New Jersey couple to start a new center for international studies. It's one of the largest donations ever to Yale.

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Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since late 1983, as a wide swath of employers eliminated 663,000 jobs. It's fresh evidence of the toll the recession has inflicted on America's workers, and economists say there's no relief in sight.

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Newest job numbers portend weak energy demand

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Oil prices dipped Friday after the government reported that the nation's unemployment rate rose to the highest rate since late 1983 as employers eliminated 663,000 jobs.

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