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Banker released from custody on euro100 million bail

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The heir of one of Austria's wealthiest and most venerable business families was released from jail Friday on euro100 million ($130 million) bail, but some of his countrymen already consider the dynasty's name stained.

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New photos of aftermath of MLK killing published

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Newly published photographs of the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. languished for decades in Life magazine's archive before being published on the magazine's Web site this week.

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Sudan opposition leader: Darfur crisis forgotten

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Sudanese opposition leader has told a visiting U.S. envoy that the African country's government and its allies have forgotten the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

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Brigade of 82nd Airborne Division get Afghan order

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A brigade of the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division that had been ordered to Iraq instead will be sent to Afghanistan as part of a mission to train that country's forces, the military said Friday.

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Jobless Rate Hits 8.5 Percent

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Despite some recent hopeful signs that the economic crisis is beginning to wane, the U.S. job market continues to get battered.

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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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