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Oil Below $40 as Investors Eye US Stimulus

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Oil prices languished below $40 a barrel Tuesday in Asia even as investors looked to a massive U.S. stimulus package as a possible tonic for flagging crude demand.

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State TV Apologizes for Beijing Fire

Updated: 02/10/2009 - China's state-run television broadcaster apologized Tuesday for an unlicensed fireworks display that sparked a blaze that destroyed a luxury hotel in the network's headquarters complex in downtown Beijing.

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Australian Official: Wildfire Deaths Will Pass 200

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Authorities searching for answers to the carnage from the worst wildfires in Australia's history said Tuesday they would rethink policies that allow residents to decide for themselves whether to evacuate their homes. An official said he expected the death toll to exceed 200.

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Mummies Found In Newly Discovered Tomb In Egypt

Updated: 02/10/2009 - A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday.

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Iranian President Says Talks With US Possible

Updated: 02/10/2009 - Iran's president said Tuesday the world was "entering an era of dialogue" and that his country would welcome talks with its longtime adversary, the United States, if they are based on mutual respect.

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Designer melds tech, fashion in crafty electronics

Updated: 02/09/2009 - With her carefully styled blond hair, expertly applied makeup and fashionable blue dress, nothing about Alison Lewis even hints at the word "nerd" at a Manhattan party for her first book. But ask her about circuits or light-emitting diodes and you'll see that she is equally familiar with switches and soldering irons as with swatches and seams.

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How to help patients make wiser health choices

Updated: 02/09/2009 - It's one of medicine's uncomfortable truths: That blood test for prostate cancer is far from perfect. Would as many men take a PSA test if they knew? Or consider treatment for early breast cancer: Is saving the breast worth all the extra doctor visits for radiation or would you prefer the whole breast removed in one trip?

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Robert Anderson, 'Tea and Sympathy' Author, Dies

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Playwright Robert Anderson, author of such Broadway hits as "Tea and Sympathy" and "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," has died at age 91.

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6 Americans Lost In Small Plane Crash

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The U.S. Coast Guard and police searched for survivors from a small plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico, but hopes dimmed Monday as authorities spotted two bodies floating in the water.

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GI's Electrocution Death In Iraq Probed

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Army criminal investigators have opened a probe into the death of an Oregon soldier who was electrocuted while swimming in Iraq at a U.S.-operated base.

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Italian woman in right-to-die debate dies

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A 38-year-old woman who ignited a fierce right-to-die debate that convulsed Italy and dragged in the Vatican died Monday just as lawmakers in Parliament rushed to pass a bill designed to keep her alive. Eluana Englaro had been in a vegetative state since she was in a car accident 17 years ago. She died Monday night at the Udine clinic where she had been for the past week, said family attorney Vittorio Angiolini.

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Death toll in Australian wildfires rises past 170

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Disaster teams found charred bodies on roadsides and in crashed cars — grim signs of the futile attempt to flee raging wildfires fed by 60 mph winds, record heat and drought that caught even fire-savvy Australians by surprise.

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Suicide attack kills 4 US soldiers in Mosul

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. patrol in northern Iraq on Monday, killing four American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter in the deadliest single attack against U.S. forces in nine months.

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Analysis: Obama seizes the stage, but no drama

Updated: 02/09/2009 - In his first prime-time news conference, Americans saw a determined, deadly serious President Barack Obama make his case for a historically huge economic recovery plan — pledging to push it through Congress in record time, even if he and fellow Democrats must steamroll Republicans to do it.

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Hard-liners hold edge in Israeli election

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Israel's election has suddenly become too close to call, though hard-liners are expected to have a clear edge in the horse trading that is sure to follow Tuesday's vote.

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Women try to have woman accused of affair deported

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Three women believed a 28-year-old woman was having an affair with one of their boyfriends and came up with a plan to get rid of her by having her deported. A Bellingham police spokesman, Lt. Steve Felmley, said two of the women shoved the victim in a car Friday and took her to a Border Patrol station.

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How to help patients make wiser health choices

Updated: 02/09/2009 - It's one of medicine's uncomfortable truths: That blood test for prostate cancer is far from perfect. Would as many men take a PSA test if they knew? Or consider treatment for early breast cancer: Is saving the breast worth all the extra doctor visits for radiation or would you prefer the whole breast removed in one trip?

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FBI Raids Ga. Plant at Center of Salmonella Scare

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Federal agents on Monday raided a Georgia peanut processing plant linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak that has prompted one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.

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Jar Peanut Butter Sales Fall Amid Salmonella Fears

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Shoppers are leaving jarred peanut butter off their grocery lists, according to sales figures, even though familiar brands have not been affected by the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds and led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.

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Public Meeting Held for Topeka Schools

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Topeka's USD's 501 school district gave community members the chance to share their visions for the future Monday night.

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Huge Study Boosts Disappointment on Multivitamins

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found the pills did nothing to prevent common cancers or heart disease. The eight-year study in 161,808 postmenopausal women echoes recent disappointing vitamin studies in men.

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Mummies Found in Newly Discovered Tomb in Egypt

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday.

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Police Find 22 Dogs in Station Wagon With Owner

Updated: 02/09/2009 - North Texas authorities seized 22 dogs found crammed inside a station wagon with their owner. The owner locked the car doors and refused to come out when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs early Monday, said SPCA spokeswoman Maura Davies.

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Grandma's Moistening Kettle May Have Held Off Flu

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Grandma may have been right about keeping a teakettle warming on the stove in winter to moisten the air. Studies of seasonal influenza have long found indications that flu spreads better in dry air.

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