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High risk medical devices escaped close review

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Some medical devices for sensitive uses, from certain hip joints to a type of defibrillator, have won government approval without a close scientific review, congressional investigators said Thursday.

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Sequels to iconic CEOs rarely as good as original

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Legendary CEOs like Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs are almost impossible acts to follow. Most of the sequels have disappointed the stock market, with some flopping so badly that they were scrapped to make room for the return of the star attraction.

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AMD to cut 1,100 workers, 9 pct of staff

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to cut 1,100 jobs, 9 percent of its global staff, and slash the remaining employees' pay as the chip maker hopes its third round of layoffs in a year can help it get through a brutal market for computer sales.

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Groups: Feds Expanding Peanut Butter Probe

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Consumer groups say the government is expanding its investigation of peanut products in a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds and killed at least five.

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3 men held in Mass. election night church fire

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Three men were arrested Friday in connection with the torching of a predominantly black church in Springfield hours after Barack Obama won the presidential election.

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Left engine missing from jet ditched in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Federal investigators said the left engine of the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River was missing Friday as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engine, which was believed to be in the water.

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Big Chill Clamps Down on Upper Midwest

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A bone-numbing Arctic blast drove temperatures down Friday to 11 below in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, closing schools to spare children from freezing at bus stops and prompting police to keep a watchful eye out for the homeless.

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Circuit City to Close 567 Remaining US Stores

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Bankrupt Circuit City Stores Inc., unable to work out a sale of the company, said Friday it will go out of business — closing its 567 U.S. stores and cutting 30,000 jobs.

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NY Driver, Passenger Switch Places; Both Drunk

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A drunken Long Island driver switched places with his passenger — but the new driver also was intoxicated. Suffolk County police said an officer spotted the driver and passenger stopped on the road and switching places early Thursday in Mount Sinai.

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Hungary Gorilla Recovering After Rare Surgery

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Budapest Zoo says a 32-year-old female gorilla has undergone gynecological surgery, the first such operation in Hungary and rare even worldwide.

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Meeting of rarities at Carnegie Hall

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Samuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the New York City Opera were a perfect match: Both had disappeared for long stretches.

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Israel to Vote Saturday on Gaza Truce

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Israel's Security Cabinet will vote Saturday night on an Egyptian proposal for a truce to end the 3-week-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, a senior government official said.

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I Triple-Dog Dare You: Boy's Tongue Stuck on Pole

Updated: 01/16/2009 - In a scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story," a 10-year-old boy got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole. Police said the unidentified fourth-grader was able to tell them that a friend dared him to lick the pole Wednesday night. Temperatures in Hammond were around 10 degrees at the time.

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NASA Chief Griffin Says Goodbye to Employees

Updated: 01/16/2009 - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said goodbye Friday to the space agency's employees, thanking them for their hard work during his four years on the job and urging them to support his successor.

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Nude Photo of 20-year-old Madonna on Auction Block

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A nude photo of Madonna, taken before erotic songs and risque costumes catapulted her to superstardom, is expected to sell for at least $10,000, Christie's auction house says.

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Consumer Prices Fall Again in December

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A record plunge in gasoline prices pushed overall consumer prices down for the third straight month in December, closing out a year in which inflation rose at the slowest rate in more than a half-century.

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Wall Street Rebounds, Moves Higher Again

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Wall Street seesawed Friday as the reality of rising losses at Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. was tempered by investors' optimism about plans to improve the banks' operations. The major indexes were narrowly mixed.

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Chrysler Financial Gets $1.5B Loan From Bailout

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Treasury Department said Friday it will provide a $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler LLC's financing arm to be used for new vehicle loans in hopes of boosting sales and ultimately returning the automaker to profitability.

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Obama: 'Dramatic Action' Needed Now to Fix Economy

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Taking his economic pitch on the road Friday, President-elect Barack Obama promoted his plans to create long-lasting, well-paying jobs in cutting-edge industries like alternative energy as part of his mammoth plan to pull the country out of recession.

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Obama's AG Pick Earns Praise, GOP Support

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday to confirm Eric Holder as the next attorney general as Barack Obama's pick won key support from another GOP senator.

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