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Blowing snow and frigid temperatures assail nation

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Arctic air extended its grip Wednesday with below-zero temperatures stretching from Montana to northern New England and frost nipping the Gulf Coast. A few ski areas in Vermont and northern Minnesota closed for the day because of the cold - 38 below zero at International Falls, with the wind chill during the night estimated at 50 below.

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Obama: Geithner will be confirmed despite mistake

Updated: 01/14/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama called disclosures about Treasury choice Timothy Geithner's tax problems an embarrassment Wednesday but said Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't keep him from confirmation as the new administration's top official in urgent efforts to revive the economy.

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Osage Co. Sheriff: Father Killed 3 Children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Osage Co. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says three children found dead in a Scranton home Monday were killed by their father, who then tried to kill himself and set their home on fire. The victims are Michael Shirley, 52, Ethan Shirley, 14, Ashten Shirley, 11, and Caleb Shirley, 9.

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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-Year-Old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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FDA Probe Finds No Link With Asthma Drugs, Suicide

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Federal health officials said Tuesday that asthma drugs, including Merck's Singulair, do not appear tied to suicide - though regulators continue to examine possible links to behavioral problems.

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China Raises '07 Economic Growth, Passing Germany

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China surpassed Germany to become the world's third-largest economy behind the United States and Japan after Beijing on Wednesday raised its estimate of economic growth in 2007.

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Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has issued a new audiotape urging Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

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Wash. Court: Sex Between Teachers, 18-Year-Olds OK

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Washington state law does not bar teachers from having consensual sex with 18-year-old students, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a case against a former high school choir teacher.

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Stock Futures Point Lower after Citi-Morgan Deal

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Wall Street headed toward a lower open Wednesday as investors questioned whether banks would need more help from the government. The market also awaited a slate of economic reports.

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Israel Again Hit By Rockets Fired From Lebanon

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Militants in Lebanon sent rockets crashing into northern Israel on Wednesday, while Israeli aircraft pounded a Gaza cemetery, Hamas weapons positions and tunnels used for smuggling, witnesses and the military said Wednesday.

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Yahoo Picks tough-talking Carol Bartz as new CEO

Updated: 01/14/2009 - It didn't take long for Carol Bartz, Yahoo Inc.'s new chief executive, to demonstrate that her style will differ dramatically from that of her predecessor — Jerry Yang, the genial, soft-spoken co-founder of the struggling Internet company.

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Death Knell for Citigroup's 'Supermarket' Model

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The original financial supermarket is dead. Citigroup signaled the end of a decade-long experiment to create one-stop shopping for financial services with Tuesday's announcement that it was merging its Smith Barney brokerage into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

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Gas-starved EU Nations Seek End to Energy Crisis

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The leaders of two gas-starved European nations traveled to Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday, pressing them to restore supplies as the EU threatened both nations with legal action for halting energy deliveries in the middle of a bitter winter.

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Asian Stocks Rise after Bernanke Talks Up Stimulus

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Asian markets rose modestly Wednesday, as exporters like Sony Corp. recovered from the previous day's sell-off after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a big stimulus package could help revive the U.S. economy.

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Oil Rises to Near $39 on Bernanke Comments

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Oil prices rose to near $39 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a stimulus package could help revitalize the ailing U.S. economy.

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Our Sharp Cold Waves is Heading East

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Kansas will hit the zero mark tonight. Temperatures have already plunged below zero in many Midwest areas. One death is blamed on the cold weather.

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Yahoo Names Tech Veteran Carol Bartz as New CEO

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Yahoo Inc. named technology veteran Carol Bartz as its new chief executive Tuesday, bringing in a no-nonsense leader known for developing a clear focus — something that has eluded the struggling Internet company during a three-year slump.

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Police: Calif. Dad Sold 14-year-old Into Marriage

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A California man has been arrested for arranging for his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat, police said.

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Largest Study of US Child Health Begins

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21.

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Possible Mammoth Tusk Found on SoCal Island

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A complete tusk believed to belong to a prehistoric mammoth was uncovered on Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast, researchers reported Tuesday. If the discovery is confirmed, it would mean the tusked beasts roamed 62,000-acre Santa Cruz Island more widely than previously thought.

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Citigroup, Morgan Stanley Merge Brokerages

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley agreed Tuesday to combine their brokerages in a deal that shows how much Citigroup wants to slim down and build up cash.

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