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France Offers To Compensate Nuclear Test Victims

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The French government offered for the first time Tuesday to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, bowing to decades of pressure by people sickened by radiation — and seeking to soothe France's conscience.

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Insurers Offer To Charge Sick People Less

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems.

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Geithner Asks For More Powers Over Banks

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asked Congress on Tuesday for broad new powers to regulate nonbank financial companies like troubled insurer American International Group whose collapse could jeopardize the economy.

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White House Announces Anti-Cartel Plan

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The Obama administration plans to send more agents and equipment to the southwestern border to fight Mexican drug cartels and keep violence from spilling over into the United States. Speaking at the White House Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said officials were still considering whether to deploy the National Guard to the border. She plans to meet with the governor of Texas to discuss the matter.

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Kansas Doctor Denies Illegal Ties With Tiller

Dr. George Tiller

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The state's star witness in the trial of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers returned to the stand to be cross-examined by defense attorneys.

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Study: Lots Of Red Meat Increases Mortality Risk

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

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Sutherland Says He's On For 8th '24' Season

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Kiefer Sutherland will be back to play Jack Bauer for an eighth season of the hit counterterrorism drama "24," but the show's longevity will depend on its writers, the actor said Tuesday.

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Obama Tries To Temper Furor Over AIG Bonuses

Updated: 03/24/2009 - President Barack Obama is trying to dampen a fire he once stoked, urging a more tempered response to public furor over bonuses paid to executives of the publicly rescued insurance giant American International Group.

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Fed And Treasury Chief To Get Grilled on AIG

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The Federal Reserve's chairman and the secretary of the treasury are making a rare joint appearance at a congressional hearing, ostensibly to take a scolding over the handling of bonuses at AIG, the giant insurance company that has become the symbol of reckless risk-taking on Wall Street.

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Oil Eases but Stays Above $53 in Asia

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Oil prices eased Tuesday in Asia but stayed above $53 a barrel on hopes that the U.S. government's move to purge ailing banks of up to $1 trillion of toxic assets could speed up economic recovery.

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Asian Stocks Rise on US Bank Plan; Europe Mixed

Updated: 03/24/2009 - Asian stock markets extended their rally Tuesday after Wall Street surged on hopes a U.S. plan to rid banks of festering debts at the heart of the financial crisis will revive growth. European markets were mixed in early trade.

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Stocks Surge on Bank Plan, Rise in Home Sales

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Wall Street got the news it wanted on the economy's biggest problems — banks and housing — and celebrated by hurtling the Dow Jones industrials up nearly 500 points.

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Mexico offers $2 million for top drug lords

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Mexico's government on Monday offered up to $2 million each for information leading to the arrest of 24 top drug lords in a public challenge to the cartels' violent grip on the country.

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Ex-Panther says racism put him on death row

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Mumia Abu-Jamal sits on Pennsylvania's death row, perhaps the most recognized of the 228 condemned inmates at the Greene Correctional Facility, an hour south of Pittsburgh.

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Judge orders FDA to let 17-year-olds use Plan B

Updated: 03/23/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration let politics cloud its judgment when it denied teenage girls over-the-counter access to the Plan B morning-after pill, a federal judge said Monday as he ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication.

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Dow Jumps as White House Moves on Bad Bank Assets

Updated: 03/23/2009 - The Obama administration aimed squarely at the crisis clogging the nation's credit system Monday with a plan to take over up to $1 trillion in sour mortgage securities with the help of private investors. For once, Wall Street cheered.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Rams Home, Exposes Pot Farm

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Authorities said a 63-year-old man suspected of drunken driving crashed his pickup truck into a neighbor's house, leaving a gaping hole and revealing a small marijuana farm inside.

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Want to live longer? Cut back on red meat

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Burger lovers beware: People who eat red meat every day have a higher risk of dying over a 10-year period -- mostly because of cardiovascular disease or cancer --than their peers who eat less red or processed meat, according to a new study of about half a million people.

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Alaska Volcano Mount Redoubt Erupts 5 Times

Updated: 03/23/2009 - Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano erupted five times overnight, sending an ash plume more than 9 miles into the air in the volcano's first emissions in nearly 20 years.

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