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Coffee Chain Cancels Ad with Slogan Nazis Used

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A German chain of coffee shops has stopped an ad campaign that featured an ancient slogan co-opted by the Nazis for use on the gate to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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China cuts Fuel Prices Amid Stimulus Efforts

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China cut fuel prices Wednesday for the second time in a month, giving another break to struggling companies and motorists as it steps up efforts to break out of a deepening economic slump.

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Clinton Navigates Confirmation Hearing Smoothly

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton smoothly took on policy questions, from the acute to the arcane, in a gentle job interview to be the nation's top diplomat, but she could not dispel tougher questions about whether her husband's charity work poses an ethical conflict.

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EU Commission: Economy is Getting Worse

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The EU Commission's president warned Wednesday that the European economy is getting worse and that EU leaders should hurry to approve a proposed stimulus program.

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Report: Swayze says he's almost over pneumonia

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving. The 56-year-old actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People magazine: "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way. ... I am almost in the clear."

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Agent: Pilot mutters 'die' as run from law ends

Updated: 01/14/2009 - An investment manager who apparently staged a plane crash to evade personal and financial ruin was barely conscious and muttered the word "die" when federal agents found him bleeding from a slashed wrist, an investigator said Wednesday.

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Blowing snow and frigid temperatures assail nation

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Arctic air extended its grip Wednesday with below-zero temperatures stretching from Montana to northern New England and frost nipping the Gulf Coast. A few ski areas in Vermont and northern Minnesota closed for the day because of the cold - 38 below zero at International Falls, with the wind chill during the night estimated at 50 below.

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Obama: Geithner will be confirmed despite mistake

Updated: 01/14/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama called disclosures about Treasury choice Timothy Geithner's tax problems an embarrassment Wednesday but said Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't keep him from confirmation as the new administration's top official in urgent efforts to revive the economy.

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Osage Co. Sheriff: Father Killed 3 Children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Osage Co. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says three children found dead in a Scranton home Monday were killed by their father, who then tried to kill himself and set their home on fire. The victims are Michael Shirley, 52, Ethan Shirley, 14, Ashten Shirley, 11, and Caleb Shirley, 9.

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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-Year-Old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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FDA Probe Finds No Link With Asthma Drugs, Suicide

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Federal health officials said Tuesday that asthma drugs, including Merck's Singulair, do not appear tied to suicide - though regulators continue to examine possible links to behavioral problems.

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China Raises '07 Economic Growth, Passing Germany

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China surpassed Germany to become the world's third-largest economy behind the United States and Japan after Beijing on Wednesday raised its estimate of economic growth in 2007.

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Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has issued a new audiotape urging Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

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Wash. Court: Sex Between Teachers, 18-Year-Olds OK

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Washington state law does not bar teachers from having consensual sex with 18-year-old students, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a case against a former high school choir teacher.

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Stock Futures Point Lower after Citi-Morgan Deal

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Wall Street headed toward a lower open Wednesday as investors questioned whether banks would need more help from the government. The market also awaited a slate of economic reports.

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Israel Again Hit By Rockets Fired From Lebanon

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Militants in Lebanon sent rockets crashing into northern Israel on Wednesday, while Israeli aircraft pounded a Gaza cemetery, Hamas weapons positions and tunnels used for smuggling, witnesses and the military said Wednesday.

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Yahoo Picks tough-talking Carol Bartz as new CEO

Updated: 01/14/2009 - It didn't take long for Carol Bartz, Yahoo Inc.'s new chief executive, to demonstrate that her style will differ dramatically from that of her predecessor — Jerry Yang, the genial, soft-spoken co-founder of the struggling Internet company.

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Death Knell for Citigroup's 'Supermarket' Model

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The original financial supermarket is dead. Citigroup signaled the end of a decade-long experiment to create one-stop shopping for financial services with Tuesday's announcement that it was merging its Smith Barney brokerage into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

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Gas-starved EU Nations Seek End to Energy Crisis

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The leaders of two gas-starved European nations traveled to Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday, pressing them to restore supplies as the EU threatened both nations with legal action for halting energy deliveries in the middle of a bitter winter.

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Asian Stocks Rise after Bernanke Talks Up Stimulus

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Asian markets rose modestly Wednesday, as exporters like Sony Corp. recovered from the previous day's sell-off after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a big stimulus package could help revive the U.S. economy.

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Oil Rises to Near $39 on Bernanke Comments

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Oil prices rose to near $39 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a stimulus package could help revitalize the ailing U.S. economy.

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