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3 execs, 81 cars missing from Nebraska dealership

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Some of the dozens of new cars that vanished from a Nebraska car dealership have turned up in other states and warrants have been issued for three missing executives, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Some states push back against stem cell research

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A showdown is shaping up in some of the nation's most conservative states over embryonic stem cell research, as opponents draw language and tactics from the battle over abortion to counter President Barack Obama's plan to ease research restrictions.

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Teen gunman kills self after slaying 15 in Germany

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire inside his former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday killing 15 people, 11 of them women and girls, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

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Judge: Vick must appear at hearing, pay for travel

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Fallen NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a bankruptcy hearing next month but should pay his own way from the Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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US, China agree on need to reduce sea tensions

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The United States and China agreed Wednesday on the need to reduce tensions and avoid a repeat of a confrontation between American and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

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DA says Ala. shooter had revenge list of employers

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A gunman who killed 10 people in the worst mass shooting in Alabama history had a list of employers "who had done him wrong," including the nearby sausage plant he quit days before the spree and the metal factory where he shot himself, authorities said Wednesday.

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Gas leak postpones space shuttle Discovery launch

Updated: 03/11/2009 - NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery just hours before it was to head to the international space station Wednesday because of a hydrogen gas leak that could have been catastrophic at liftoff. The leak was in the same system that has already caused a vexing one-month delay. Shuttle managers were shooting for another launch attempt Thursday night provided they could fix the problem quickly.

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Obama, Geithner: Recession requires global action

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Warning that the global recession is deepening, the Obama administration on Wednesday called on major U.S. allies to do their part and support strong stimulus programs to fight the downturn.

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Obama signs spending bill, pushes for new rules

Posted: 03/11/2009 - Calling it an "imperfect" bill, President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending package Wednesday that includes billions in earmarks like those he promised to curb in last year's campaign. He insisted the bill must signal an "end to the old way of doing business."

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Ex-Biopure exec to plead guilty to faking cancer

Posted: 03/11/2009 - A former executive of Biopure Corp. is expected to plead guilty to an obstruction of justice charge for pretending he had terminal cancer to dodge a federal lawsuit filed by securities regulators.

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DA says Ala. shooter had revenge list of employers

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A gunman who killed 10 people in the worst mass shooting in Alabama history had a list of employers "who had done him wrong," including the nearby sausage plant he quit days before the spree and the metal factory where he shot himself, authorities said Wednesday.

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AG: Possible Connection Between Lawrence, Manhattan Rapes

Updated: 03/12/2009 - Atty. Gen. Steve Six, along with the Lawrence and Riley Co. police depts., are warning Kansans to be cautious during Spring Break, citing concerns that multiple rapes in the Lawrence and Manhattan area may be connected.

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Octuplets Mom Says She's Paying For New House

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The Southern California mother of octuplets said in a video posted online Wednesday that she - not her parents - is paying for the four-bedroom, three-bath home where she plans to raise her brood.

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Staples 4Q Profit Drops on Charges, Sales Rise

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Staples Inc., the world's largest office products retailer, said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit dropped 14 percent amid a number of charges related to its acquisition last summer of a Dutch office supply chain.

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Ohio Retiree Charged For Time As Nazi Camp Guard

Updated: 03/11/2009 - German authorities say they have charged retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk with more than 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his time as a guard at the Nazi's Sobibor death camp, and will seek his extradition from the U.S.

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Tests Could Find Ovarian Cancer Early

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Doctors screening women for ovarian cancer were able to pick up the disease about two years earlier than normal, according to a British study published Wednesday.

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Wall Street Looks to Extend Big Gains

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Wall Street appeared ready Wednesday to extend its big rally into a second day. Stock index futures pointed sharply higher after markets around the world followed the lead of U.S. investors who bought stocks furiously Tuesday on news that Citigroup Inc. was operating at a profit.

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At Least 10 Killed In German School Shooting

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at his former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring others before fleeing the scene, police said.

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Obama To Sign Spending Bill, Push For New Rules

Updated: 03/11/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to sign a massive spending bill to keep the federal government running, even though it is stashed with the very kinds of pet projects that the campaigning Obama promised to resist.

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Lawyer: Madoff Will Plead Guilty To All Charges

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Bernard Madoff could be facing his final hours of freedom after acknowledging that he will plead guilty to charges that he engineered one of the largest investment scams in U.S. history and was ready to face a prison sentence of up to 150 years.

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Toyota to Cut UK Production and Wages by 10%

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Japanese carmaker Toyota said Wednesday it will cut pay and production by 10 percent at its British plants, for one year starting from April 1, to cut costs while avoiding layoffs.

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