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First US Swine Flu Death

Updated: 04/29/2009 - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that wider school closings in the U.S. may be necessary in an escalating global health emergency that claimed the first death in the United States and swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations. Obama said local schools across America should consider temporarily shutting down if conditions worsen.

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Economy Shrinks at Worse-than-expected Pace

Updated: 04/29/2009 - The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

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Stocks Move Higher after 2 Days of Losses

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Investors aren't letting a bad gross domestic product reading get to them. Stocks surged Wednesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 100 points, even after the government said the economy as measured by the GDP contracted at at an annual rate of 6.1% during the first three months of the year.

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Wicks, Hough Booted From 'Dancing With the Stars'

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Chuck Wicks is leaving the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom. The country singer and his professional dance partner (and real-life girlfriend) Julianne Hough were eliminated from the ABC dance-off Tuesday.

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Egypt Orders Slaughter of All Pigs Over Swine Flu

Updated: 04/29/2009 - Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu even though no cases have been reported here yet, the Health Ministry said.

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First U.S. Swine Flu Death Reported

Updated: 04/29/2009 - A 23-month-old Texas toddler became the first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico as authorities around the world struggled to contain a growing global health menace that has also swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations. Officials say the death was in Houston.

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Leavenworth Man Drowns

Updated: 04/29/2009 - A Leavenworth man has drowned while attempting to clean storm debris from a spill drain in a pond.

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At Least 5 Hospitalized in US with Swine Flu

Updated: 04/28/2009 - The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the U.S. rose to 66 Tuesday. At least five of those victims are hospitalized. Health officials say they fully expect to see deaths from the infection. Kansas has 2 confirmed cases.

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GM Will Force 1,000 Dealers to Close

Updated: 04/28/2009 - The struggling auto giant plans to shutter more than 2,600 dealerships by next year as the Saturn, Hummer brands are eliminated.

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Sebelius Sworn In as HHS Secretary

Posted: 05/01/2009 - Hours after her Senate confirmation, Kathleen Sebelius took the oath to become Health and Human Services Secretary. Pres. Barack Obama watched the ceremony in the Oval Office.

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100 Days for Obama; His Cabinet Choices are Complete

Updated: 04/28/2009 - Today's the official benchmark of 100 days in office for the new President. It's also Day One for Kathleen Sebelius, leading the government against swine flu as head of HHS.

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Earnings Preview: Safeway Inc.

Updated: 04/28/2009 - Grocery-store operator Safeway Inc. reports its fourth-quarter results on Thursday. The following is a summary of key developments related to the period.

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Fabian Making Progress

Updated: 04/28/2009 - Another step forward today for a little boy who was severely burned.

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