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Human-like robot smiles, scolds in Japan classroom

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Japan's robot teacher calls roll, smiles and scolds, drawing laughter from students with her eerily lifelike face. But the developer says it's not about to replace human instructors.

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Microsoft vows openness for mobile app store

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Microsoft Corp. plans a central market to sell programs for cell phones running the Windows Mobile system. It hews closely to the setup of Apple Inc.'s App Store for iPhones, with one notable exception - Microsoft promises to communicate more openly with outside software developers.

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One-eyed filmmaker conceals camera in prosthetic

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A one-eyed documentary filmmaker is preparing to work with a video camera concealed inside a prosthetic eye, hoping to secretly record people for a project commenting on the global spread of surveillance cameras.

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EBay admits more work ahead for marketplaces unit

Updated: 03/11/2009 - EBay Inc. has been struggling to improve its online marketplace, and the company acknowledged Wednesday that it still has a long way to go. But eBay also highlighted the strength of its PayPal unit, predicting its business will double in size by 2011.

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Google to target ads based on Web surfing habits

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Google Inc. will use its surveillance of Web surfing habits to figure out which ads are best suited to each individual's interests - a practice likely to illuminate just how much the Internet search leader has been learning about millions of people around the world.

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Congress mulls elections to fill Senate vacancies

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Following tumultuous turnovers in Illinois and New York, lawmakers on Wednesday asked whether it was time to change the Constitution so that voters, and not state governors, fill Senate vacancies.

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Toyota concerned about needs of parts suppliers

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A top Toyota executive said Wednesday the Japanese automaker is concerned about the fate of 20 percent of its parts suppliers who face a cash crunch because of the sluggish economy.

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Mandy Moore weds Ryan Adams in Georgia

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Mandy Moore is a married woman. Publicist Jillian Fowkes confirms the actress-singer and her fiance, rock musician Ryan Adams, quietly tied the knot Tuesday in Savannah, Ga. No further details were provided. The 24-year-old Moore confirmed her engagement to Adams last month.

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Gandolfini's vocal rest cancels B'way matinee

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Under doctors' order, James Gandolfini is giving his vocal cords a rest - so the Wednesday matinee performance of "God of Carnage" on Broadway was canceled.

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Alaska Gov. Palin's daughter's, boyfriend break up

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, have broken off their engagement, he said Wednesday, about 2 1/2 months after the couple had a baby.

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Man survives Niagara Falls plunge, resists rescue

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A man jumped into Niagara Falls on Wednesday and survived the 180-foot plunge, then resisted rescue attempts before he eventually was pulled from the icy water to safety, police said.

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Alleged Nazi camp guard charged 29,000 times

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk was charged Wednesday with 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder while working as a guard at a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. The arrest warrant could move the 30-year global legal battle over his fate closer to conclusion.

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Billionaire Stanford to take the 5th in fraud case

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford and one of his top officials have asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the federal government's fraud case against them and Stanford's companies, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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Catholics protest 'maltreatment' by Conn. leaders

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Thousands of Roman Catholics descended on the Connecticut statehouse Wednesday, as simmering resentment over bills they consider anti-Catholic reached a boiling point with a recent legislative attempt to give parishioners more say over parish financing.

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Soldier pleads guilty to 1995 NC shootings

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A sniper who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an officer in 1995 said he waited in a foxhole-like position for the morning fog to clear before firing into a crowd of 1,300 fellow soldiers, calling it "the right thing at the time."

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Man survives Niagara Falls plunge, resists rescue

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A man jumped into Niagara Falls on Wednesday and survived the 180-foot plunge, then resisted rescue attempts before he eventually was pulled from the icy water to safety, police said.

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Soldier pleads guilty to 1995 NC shootings

Updated: 03/11/2009 - A sniper who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an officer in 1995 said he waited in a foxhole-like position for the morning fog to clear before firing into a crowd of 1,300 fellow soldiers, calling it "the right thing at the time."

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Catholics protest 'maltreatment' by Conn. leaders

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Thousands of Roman Catholics descended on the Connecticut statehouse Wednesday, as simmering resentment over bills they consider anti-Catholic reached a boiling point with a recent legislative attempt to give parishioners more say over parish financing.

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Octuplets mom says she's paying for new LA 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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