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FBI Joins Effort in Hostage Standoff with Pirates

Updated: 04/09/2009 - FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts Thursday to free an American cargo ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept a close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa.

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Oil Prices Rise Sharply on New Corporate Data

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Oil prices rose sharply Thursday despite recent indications that energy use is way down, with traders focusing instead on a rising stock market and upbeat earnings reports that suggest Americans may begin spending more.

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Stocks Surge as Profits at Wells Fargo Jump

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Stocks bounded higher early Thursday after banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. issued a surprise profit announcement that was far above analysts' estimates.

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Angels Pitcher Killed in Hit and Run Accident

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Several media outlets report Thursday that Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, was killed in a hit and run accident just hours after pitching against Oakland Athletics.

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New Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected to 654K

Updated: 04/09/2009 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week but are stuck at elevated levels, while those continuing to receive unemployment insurance set a record for the 11th straight week.

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Wells Fargo Projects Record $3 Billion 1Q Profit

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Wells Fargo & Co. said Thursday that it expects record first-quarter earnings of $3 billion, easily surpassing analysts' estimates and providing an encouraging sign for corporate profits.

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ING to Sell Off $10 Billion in Operations

Updated: 04/09/2009 - ING NV, the Dutch bank and insurer, said Thursday it plans to sell operations it says could raise up to euro8 billion ($10.6 billion).

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INSIDE WASHINGTON: NASA Safety Survey A Mystery

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Years after thousands of pilots told NASA about their in-flight safety experiences and NASA shut down the survey without divulging any findings, the pilots' views remain a mystery.

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Obama Looking At Cooling Air To Fight Warming

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday.

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