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Blaze Injures 7 at Venezuela Refinery

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Authorities say an oil refinery fire in western Venezuela has injured seven people before being brought under control.

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Pfizer to buy Wyeth for $68B; cut 8,000 jobs

Updated: 01/26/2009 - No. 1 drugmaker Pfizer Inc. said Monday it is buying No. 12 Wyeth for $68 billion in a deal that will quickly boost Pfizer's revenue and profit and transform it overnight into a more diversified company less reliant on its dwindling drug pipeline.

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Corus to Axe 3,500 Jobs to Deal with Recession

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Steel giant Corus said Monday that it will cut 3,500 jobs around the world, with 2,500 jobs going in Britain alone, in an attempt to shore up its finances which have been battered by the sharp fall in global demand.

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Norway Hikes Government Spending

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Oil-rich Norway's coalition government announced a 20 billion kroner ($2.9 billion) stimulus package on Monday intended to dampen the impact of the global financial crisis with tax cuts and increased spending.

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Belgian day care suspect linked to 4th slaying

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The thin, young suspect with the enigmatic smile who is charged with three killings at a Belgian day center was linked Monday to a fourth death - the fatal slashing of a 73-year-old grandmother on a remote farm.

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District One Topeka Council Race to Feature Primary

Updated: 01/27/2009 - Tim Lloyd's filing to run for the 1st District Topeka City Council seat means there will be a primary in the race. He is the fourth candidate to declare his candidacy.

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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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Philadelphia Suburb Stunned by a Series of Arsons

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Authorities are urging residents in this Philadelphia suburb to remove flammable materials from their porches and to keep porch lights on at night following a string of suspicious fires.

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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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Gay leaders mull taking fight to 2010 vote

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Gay rights activists are weighing the wisdom of rushing in front of voters a repeal of the state ballot measure that banned gay marriage.

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Iraq Agrees to Pay Kuwait Airways $300 Million

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The Iraqi government says it will pay $300 million in compensation to Kuwait Airways Corp. for claims related to Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the neighboring emirate.

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3rd trial looms for alleged Sears Tower plotters

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Federal prosecutors will try for a third time to persuade jurors that six men from an impoverished Miami neighborhood were a blossoming al-Qaida cell bent on destroying Chicago's Sears Tower to help ignite a war against the United States.

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Accident kills promoter at Wis. monster truck show

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A monster truck show promoter fatally injured during a show was a close friend of the veteran driver whose huge truck accidentally ran him down, officials said Monday.

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Airports testing radar that could spot birds

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Some of the nation's busiest airports will soon begin testing experimental radar systems designed to track flocks of birds and help pilots avoid the type of collision believed to have crippled a US Airways jet nearly two weeks ago.

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Calif. governor wants to tax golf, auto repairs

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Golf course owners and some of their customers are teed off at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So are veterinarians, auto mechanics and amusement park operators.

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Court hears 9/11 conspirator's appeal in Va.

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Zacarias Moussaoui's guilty plea in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was invalid because the government failed to turn over evidence that could have helped his defense, his attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.

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Ky. coach pleads not guilty in player's death

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A Kentucky high school football coach has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a player who collapsed at a hot August practice.

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Kan. Court Hears BTK Killer Defamation Lawsuit

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A Wichita television station that lost a defamation lawsuit for naming a possible suspect in the BTK serial killings tells the Kansas Supreme Court it did nothing wrong.

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Tasmanian devils threatened by contagious cancer

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The Tasmanian devil, a ferocious, snarling fox-sized marsupial, is in danger of going extinct because of a contagious facial cancer. In the meantime, its biggest rival - the European fox - is thriving, and may become so dominant that the devil never comes back.

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Seattle shows little love for Lucy fossil exhibit

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Who loves Lucy? Far fewer people than a Seattle science center hoped when officials paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors.

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