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Hordes of Caterpillars Swarm Liberia, Guinea

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Liberia's worst caterpillar plague in three decades has spread to neighboring Guinea after swarms of the crop-eating insects devastated more than 45 towns in the West African nation, officials said Friday.

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Unreturned Library Book Leads to Woman's Arrest

Updated: 01/23/2009 - An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book. Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping "The Freedom Writers Diary," which she checked out from the public library in nearby Jesup in April.

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Scots Hope to Lure Tourists on Poet's Anniversary

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Scottish poet Robert Burns gave the English-speaking world some of its most famous sayings and sentiments, including the New Year's favorite "Auld Lang Syne" and the rhapsody, "my love is like a red, red rose."

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Timberlake, Pitt Spoofed in Upcoming Wii Game

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Justin Timberlake and David Beckham don't have any real-life beef with each other, but cartoony characters resembling the famous crooner and soccer player will face off - along with 16 other A-list impersonators - in the upcoming Wii boxing game "Ready 2 Rumble Revolution" from publisher Atari and developer AKI.

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No Sale? No Problem For Goods Prized By Consumers

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The 60 percent off sign at Elan Fur isn't much different from the others filling the storefronts on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. But good luck finding a similar deal next door at Apple Inc.

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Texas Girls Hoops Team Seeks Forfeit of 100-0 Win

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse. Now officials from The Covenant School say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

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Ahead of the Bell: Google Shares up After Earnings

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Google Inc. shares edged higher in premarket trading Friday as analysts praised Google's ability to still beat profit estimates and grow revenue amid the dismal economy.

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Newspaper Claims Suspect Transformed Into a Goat

Updated: 01/23/2009 - One of Nigeria's biggest daily newspapers reported that police implicated a goat in an attempted automobile theft. In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.

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Upstart Challenges Chinese State TV New Year Show

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A Beijing-based wedding videographer will debut his homespun Lunar New Year gala Sunday in a Webcast featuring rappers and stuntmen that poses a small but unprecedented challenge to Chinese state television's hugely popular variety show.

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Congolese rebel General Calls Himself Man of Peace

Updated: 01/23/2009 - General Laurent Nkunda is a career soldier who describes himself as a man of peace and Christ. But his force's reputation for killing civilians and forcing children to fight tell a different story.

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2 Shot Outside Kindergarten in Norway

Updated: 01/23/2009 - An off-duty police officer in northern Norway shot and killed his ex-girlfriend with another officer's service pistol, then critically wounded himself Friday outside the elementary school where she was a student teacher, police said. No children were injured.

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Thierry Mugler shows a Costume Party

Updated: 01/23/2009 - With models pounding up the runway dressed as 19th-century English lords, WWII fighter pilots and even a yeti, French label Thierry Mugler's show Friday looked more like a costume party than a proper menswear collection.

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Rights Group: Thais Abandoned Migrants at Sea

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Two migrants told a refugees' advocacy group that were among hundreds detained and beaten by Thai authorities on a remote island and then abandoned in the Indian Ocean in boats with no engines and only a few bags of rice.

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China: Parents of Milk Victims Demand Better Deal

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Chinese parents whose children were sickened after drinking contaminated milk pushed the government for greater accountability and compensation Friday, a day after a court handed down two death penalties and long prison terms for 19 other defendants.

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Sienna Miller Set For Her Broadway Debut This Fall

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The Roundabout Theatre Company says Sienna Miller will make her Broadway debut this fall in its production of "After Miss Julie," playwright Patrick Marber's riff on a 19th-century Strindberg classic about class, sex and power.

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Samsung Electronics Reports First Quarterly Loss

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest manufacturer of flat screen televisions, memory chips and liquid crystal displays, posted its first ever quarterly loss Friday as the global economic slump hit prices and demand for mainstay products.

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Obama Tackles Afghanistan and Mideast Conflict

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Taking on two of his toughest foreign policy challenges, President Barack Obama pledged to find a new course in Afghanistan and to help Israel achieve a broad peace with the Arab world.

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US Approves 1st Stem Cell Study for Spinal Injury

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A U.S. biotech company says it plans to start this summer the world's first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells - a long-awaited project aimed at spinal cord injury.

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GE Profit Drops 46 pct as Finance Unit Struggles

Updated: 01/23/2009 - In a discouraging report for the American economy, General Electric Co. posted a 46 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings on Friday and warned of a "tough environment" this year as it struggles with its ailing finance business.

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GE profit drops 46 pct as finance unit struggles

Updated: 01/23/2009 - In a discouraging report for the American economy, General Electric Co. posted a 46 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings on Friday and warned of a "tough environment" this year as it struggles with its ailing finance business.

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House GOP sees stimulus in tax cuts, not spending

Updated: 01/23/2009 - House Republican leaders presented President Barack Obama on Friday with proposals to stimulate the economy that rely exclusively on tax cuts and envision none of the federal spending backed by Democrats and the administration.

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