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Police: VaTech grad student knew suspected killer

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Alone and in a new country, graduate student Xin Yang reached out to other Chinese students at Virginia Tech when she arrived two weeks ago, trying to establish her life on campus.

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Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 - setting the stage for a vote early next week.

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Wall Street extends slide on economic worries

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Stocks slid Friday for a second day as corporate earnings reports continue to fall in short of estimates and stir fears about the extent of the recession.

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Officials: Obama to reverse abortion policy

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Officials say President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Friday ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortion.

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Guns silent as Gaza Edges Back to Normalcy

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Gaza residents headed for Friday communal prayers and Israeli naval guns were largely silent as grief and shock began to mix with a palpable sense of relief in the coastal strip pounded by weeks of Israeli airstrikes and ground assaults.

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Aide: Successor Chosen for Clinton's Senate Seat

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Gov. David Paterson has picked Democratic U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant U.S. Senate seat, an aide to the governor said early Friday, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly withdrew from consideration.

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Obama Says Stimulus Bill 'On Target'

Updated: 01/23/2009 - President Barack Obama says it appears Congress is "on target" to approve a massive new stimulus package by Feb. 16.

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Guns Silent As Gaza Edges Back To Normalcy

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Gaza residents headed for Friday communal prayers and Israeli naval guns were largely silent as grief and shock began to mix with a palpable sense of relief in the coastal strip pounded by weeks of Israeli airstrikes and ground assaults.

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3 Dead, 10 Wounded In Belgium Day Care Stabbings

Updated: 01/23/2009 - An unidentified man entered a day care center in Belgium and went on a stabbing spree Friday, killing two young children and a female worker and sending 10 others to the hospital, officials said.

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Aide: Paterson Picks Gillibrand as Next NY Senator

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Gov. David Paterson has picked Democratic U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant U.S. Senate seat, an aide to the governor said early Friday, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly withdrew from consideration.

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Xerox 4Q Profit Plunges, Misses Wall Street View

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Xerox Corp.'s fourth-quarter earnings plunged as the printer and copier maker booked hefty charges for layoffs and other restructuring costs, and the company on Friday forecast first-quarter profit below Wall Street expectations.

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China: Parents Of Milk Victims Demand Better Deal

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Chinese parents whose children were sickened after drinking contaminated milk pushed the government for greater accountability and compensation Friday, a day after a court handed down two death penalties and long prison terms for 19 other defendants.

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Rwanda Arrests Congo Rebel Leader Laurent Nkunda

Updated: 01/23/2009 - In a startling turn against its former ally, Rwanda has arrested Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda after he fled a joint operation launched by the armies of the two nations, military officials said Friday.

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Harley to Cut 1,100 Jobs as 4Q Profit Falls

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Harley-Davidson Inc. says it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years and scale back its operations as its fourth-quarter profit slid amid the weak motorcycle market.

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GE 4Q Profit Falls 46%, Adjusted Net Meets View

Updated: 01/23/2009 - General Electric said Friday its fourth-quarter earnings dropped 46 percent as it restructured its troubled lending arm. The news comes as the conglomerate says it expects 2009 to be "extremely difficult" amid the financial crisis.

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Wall Street Headed for Sharply Lower Opening

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Investors are set for a big sell-off on Wall Street Friday as many corporate earnings reports are falling short of estimates and the British economy has been officially declared in recession. Stock futures pointed to a sharply lower opening.

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US Approves 1st Stem Cell Study For Spinal Injury

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A U.S. biotech company says it plans to start this summer the world's first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells - a long-awaited project aimed at spinal cord injury.

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World Markets Retreat Amid Growing Corporate Woes

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Asian stocks fell Friday, with Japan's benchmark tumbling almost 4 percent, as grim news about major companies like Microsoft and Sony underscored the depth of the worst global slowdown in decades.

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Obama, Lawmakers to Meet on Economic Stimulus

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are having a hard time finding common ground on an economic recovery plan as Republican resistance to the stimulus package emerges in the House.

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Former Merrill Chief Thain Out at Bank of America

Updated: 01/22/2009 - John Thain resigned under pressure from Bank of America on Thursday after reports he rushed out billions of dollars in bonuses to Merrill Lynch employees in his final days as CEO there, while the brokerage was suffering huge losses and just before Bank of America took it over.

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Samsung Electronics Reports First Quarterly Loss

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest manufacturer of flat screen televisions, memory chips and liquid crystal displays, posted its first ever quarterly loss Friday as the global economic slump hit prices and demand for mainstay products.

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