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Obama Orders Push to Cleaner, More Efficient Cars

Updated: 01/26/2009 - President Barack Obama opened an ambitious, double-barreled assault on global warming and U.S. energy woes Monday, moving quickly toward rules requiring cleaner-running cars that guzzle less gas — a must, he said, for "our security, our economy and our planet."

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David Beckham Sued Over Bodyguard's Pap Smack

Updated: 01/26/2009 - David Beckham has been sued by a disgruntled photographer who was roughed up last month by one of the soccer star's bodyguards after Beckham confronted the shutterbug in an attempt to get him off his famous back.

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Gene Roddenberry, Wife to Spend Eternity in Space

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

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Jury to Visit Spector's Home in 2nd Murder Trial

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The jury in Phil Spector's second murder trial will visit the music producer's home where actress Lana Clarkson died, but the judge set strict rules Monday on the presence of Spector's wife and the operation of an outdoor fountain.

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Report: Some Climate Samage Already Irreversible

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Many damaging effects of climate change are already basically irreversible, researchers declared Monday, warning that even if carbon emissions can somehow be halted temperatures around the globe will remain high until at least the year 3000.

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World's Highest Drug Levels Entering India Stream

Updated: 01/26/2009 - When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000.

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FDA Reviews Benefits of Plavix in Certain Patients

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Federal health officials are investigating whether the blood thinner Plavix — the world's second-best-selling drug and used by millions to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke — may be less effective in some patients.

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Study Adds to Evidence of Vaccine Safety

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn't hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.

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How to Help When Smoking, Alcohol Complicate PTSD

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Reaching for a cigarette to cope with a flashback is all too common among sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nicotine hit may feel good but scientists say its brain action probably makes their PTSD worse in the long run.

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Court Rules for Worker Over Retaliation

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Workers who cooperate with their employers' internal investigations of discrimination may not be fired in retaliation for implicating colleagues or superiors, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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Oscar 3453 is 'Born' in Chicago Factory

Updated: 01/26/2009 - One of the biggest stars of this year's Academy Awards was born on Chicago's northwest side, brought into the world by Martin Vega and prepped for his big close-up by Eladio Gonzalez.

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UN's role in Gaza rises among the rubble

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Crouching against piled mattresses in a room crammed with refugees, Bissan Abu al-Eish focused on her homework, blocking out the relentless shrieks of dozens of toddlers and the stench of overflowing latrines.

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Job-killing recession racks up more layoff victims

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The recession is killing jobs at an alarming pace, with tens of thousands of new layoffs announced Monday by some of the biggest names in American business — Pfizer, Caterpillar and Home Depot.

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Iraqi prime minister expects faster US pullout

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Iraq's prime minister said Monday he believes the U.S. will withdraw its troops more quickly than the three-year timeline set down in a U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The U.S., meanwhile, suffered its biggest single loss of life in months when two helicopters crashed, killing four service members.

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USD 434 Battles Budget

Updated: 01/26/2009 - USD 434 is facing declining enrollment at the same time as the legislature is looking at cutting the education budget. During their Board Meeting several parents listened in as they discussed their options.

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Verizon Offers $250 In-Home Cell Phone Booster

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Verizon Wireless has started selling a book-sized device that boosts cell phone signals within a home for $250, making it easier for people to drop a home phone line and rely solely on wireless.

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Carter: If no Palestine, Israel sees 'catastrophe'

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that Israel will face a "catastrophe" unless it revives the Mideast peace process and establishes an independent Palestinian state.

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Gene Roddenberry, wife to spend eternity in space

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

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Iceland's Government Topples Amid Financial Mess

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Iceland's coalition government collapsed on Monday after an unprecedented wave of public dissent, plunging the island nation into political turmoil as it seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by the global financial crisis.

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Kansas Bill Would Ban Lighter Sales to Minors

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Wichita Democrat, wants to ban sales of cigarette lighters to minors and require retailers to keep lighters behind their counters, just as they do with cigarettes.

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House Dems May Drop Contraceptive Spending

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Democratic officials say House leaders are seriously considering deleting family planning funds for the low-income from an economic stimulus bill headed for a vote later in the week.

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Green Car Rules Give Auto Industry a New Challenge

Updated: 01/26/2009 - President Barack Obama wants automakers to make greener cars at a time when General Motors and Chrysler are hanging by the thread of a massive government loan and auto sales have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than two decades.

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