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AP IMPACT: SWAT teams deployed in 911 fraud

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 p.m., their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby room. Suddenly they were shaken awake by the wail of police sirens and the rumble of a helicopter above their suburban Southern California home. A criminal must be on the loose, they thought.

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IAC swings to 4Q profit, misses analyst views

Updated: 02/04/2009 - IAC/InterActiveCorp said Tuesday it swung to a fourth-quarter profit, bolstered by the sale of a 30 percent stake in a Japanese TV shopping company. But the Internet services company could not escape the recession - its adjusted earnings and revenue missed analysts' expectations.

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Analyst estimates Amazon sold 500K Kindles in 2008

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Amazon.com has kept its Kindle electronic book reader shrouded in some mystery. The online retailer has said the device is out of stock, but it hasn't said how many were sold.

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Time Warner Inc.'s AOL taps new head of online ads

Updated: 02/04/2009 - AOL, struggling to remake itself as an advertising-based company, has named former Yahoo executive Gregory Coleman as head of its online advertising unit, making him the third person in that role in 17 months.

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Electronic Arts posts wider loss, hurt by charges

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Hurt by weak holiday sales and a slew of charges, video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. posted a wider net loss for its fiscal third quarter and fell short of analysts' expectations Tuesday.

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MySpace: 90,000 sex offenders removed from site

Updated: 02/04/2009 - About 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from the social networking Web site MySpace, company and law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

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Microsoft streamlines Windows 7 options

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it will heavily promote two main versions of the next Windows operating system in an attempt to avoid the problems it faced by marketing four tiers of the Windows Vista system.

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States fail in latest prairie dog report card

Updated: 02/04/2009 - While groundhogs will get all the attention Monday, a report being issued by an environmental group says their cousins, the prairie dogs, are in dire straits across the West.

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Odd planet's extreme global warming: Highs of 2240

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Astronomers have found a planet with a galactic case of hot flashes. In just six hours, this planet four times the size of Jupiter heats up by more than 1,200 degrees, according to a study published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. "It's the first observation of changing weather" on a planet outside our solar system, said study author Gregory Laughlin, an astronomy professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to study the planet.

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Study questions usefulness of animal-human embryos

Updated: 02/04/2009 - It may be futile to try producing stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs and making hybrid cloned embryos, a strategy that triggered controversy recently in Britain, a new study says. The animal eggs don't reprogram human DNA in the right way to generate stem cells, researchers report.

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New step reported in untangling nature vs nurture

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Untangling the mystery of inherited versus acquired traits may be a step closer. Arguments have been long and contentious over how much people inherit and how much they are influenced by their environments.

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Earliest chocolate use found in what is now US

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Chocolate for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Folks may be surprised to know how far back chocolate goes - perhaps 1,000 years in what is now the United States. Evidence of chocolate was been found in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., the earliest indication of the tasty substance north of Mexico, Patricia L. Crown of the University of New Mexico and W. Jeffrey Hurst of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Valve concerns push back space shuttle launch

Updated: 02/04/2009 - NASA on Tuesday delayed next week's launch of space shuttle Discovery while it runs tests to determine whether newly installed valves would cause serious damage if they broke during liftoff.

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House Approves Children's Health Bill

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill to provide government-sponsored health coverage to 4 million more children.

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Iran claims first launch of its own satellite

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Iran sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, the president announced Tuesday, a key step for an ambitious space program that worries the U.S. and other world powers because the same rocket technology used to launch satellites can also deliver warheads.

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Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

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BBC drops Thatcher daughter after reported remark

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The BBC says it has dropped Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as a contributor to a TV show after she reportedly used an offensive term in front of colleagues.

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