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What Will '09 Bring In Medicine?

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Expert on likely directions in treatment of obesity, cancer, infections, brain diseases, and aging skin.

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Album sales plunge, digital downloads up

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Music sales have continued to slump in 2008 as the increased number of downloads of digital tracks failed to make up for a plunge in the sale of compact discs.

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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A letter from Oprah Winfrey last week seemed like the world's best Christmas present - until teacher Ron Clark noticed an extra piece of paper flutter out of the envelope.

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Sunshine, big crowds greet New Year's Rose Parade

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Spectators who claimed their spots for the Rose Parade hours before it began were rewarded Thursday with spangled dancers paying tribute to Broadway, a lush garden wedding flanked by sari-clad models representing India's Bollywood film industry and a giant robot with a surprise under his hat.

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Bernie Hamilton, 'Starsky and Hutch' captain, dies

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Actor Bernie Hamilton, who played the no-nonsense police captain on the 1970s TV series "Starsky and Hutch," has died. He was 80. Hamilton died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his son, Raoul Hamilton.

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Obamas seek to get settled for start of school

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Weighty issues like the presidential inauguration and the economic stimulus package are pending, but the first order of business for President-elect Barack Obama's family is to get settled in Washington quickly to prepare for the start of school for his two daughters.

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Chief justice: Inflation outpacing pay for judges

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that Congress should be as generous to judges as it already has been to itself, by approving an inflation-related increase in their pay.

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Obama: Blagojevich appointee shouldn't be seated

Updated: 01/02/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama says he supports the decision by Senate Democrats to deny his vacated Senate seat to an appointee of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. On Tuesday, Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. He would be the nation's only black senator.

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An Obama inaugural ball will be only for military

Updated: 01/02/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief's Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests.

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Powerful NY lawmaker says he'll support Kennedy

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Despite early reservations, New York state's most powerful legislative leader now says he'll support Caroline Kennedy for the U.S. Senate if the governor names her to the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Obama to meet with lawmakers, former presidents

Updated: 01/02/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders to discuss his economic stimulus plan and other legislative issues soon after his arrival in Washington in the coming days.

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Rice vows hard work on arranging Gaza cease-fire

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday said the United States and key world allies were pushing hard for a "durable and sustainable" cease-fire in Gaza, but there was no end in sight to the violence. The top U.S. diplomat said she was not planning an emergency visit to the region.

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