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Top Army recruiter weighs fat camp for recruits

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The Army has been dismissing so many overweight applicants that its top recruiter, trying to keep troop numbers up in wartime, is considering starting a fat farm to transform chubby trainees into svelte soldiers.

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GM unveils battery plan, may need more loans

Updated: 01/12/2009 - General Motors Corp., a wounded company living on cash borrowed from the government, didn't behave like one Monday as it unveiled ambitious plans to research and assemble lithium-ion batteries in Michigan and picked a Korean company to supply the cells to power the Chevrolet Volt electric car.

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Alcoa reports $1.19B loss in 4Q on low prices

Updated: 01/12/2009 - In a dismal prelude to the earnings season, Alcoa Inc. reported a quarterly loss of $1.19 billion Monday, days after the aluminum giant announced cuts due to sinking prices and demand for the metal.

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Obama Increase likely for low-income elderly

Updated: 01/12/2009 - More than 7 million poor people who are elderly, blind or disabled and receive cash benefits averaging $477 a month could get an extra monthly payment as part of President-elect Barack Obama's $800 billion economic recovery plan.

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Finger length may predict financial success

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The length of a man's ring finger may predict his success as a financial trader. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England report that men with longer ring fingers, compared to their index fingers, tended to be more successful in the frantic high-frequency trading in the London financial district.

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Ohio Teen Convicted of Killing Mom Over Video Game

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Although a teenager's obsession with a violent video game may have warped his sense of reality, the boy is guilty of murdering his mother and wounding his father after they took "Halo 3" away from him, a judge ruled Monday. "I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever," Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said.

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Gay bishop invited to pre-inauguration event in DC

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will say a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial for one of President-elect Barack Obama's first inauguration events. New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson will deliver the invocation at an event on Sunday to kick off inauguration festivities. His selection follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren had backed a recent ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in his home state of California.

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Peanut Butter Caused Salmonella Outbreak

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The salmonella bacteria that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states has been conclusively linked to peanut butter, Minnesota health officials announced Monday. Federal officials said the outbreak may have contributed to three deaths.

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Price Of Oil Drops Below $40 A Barrel

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Oil prices fell below $40 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors looked to key U.S. corporate results this week for indications of the health of the world's largest economy and demand for crude.

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Israeli Troops On The Move In Gaza City

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Israeli troops are on the move. Gaza residents say the soldiers are advancing into the city's bomb ravaged suburbs for the first time.

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Nigeria militants show photos of British hostages

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Nigeria's most potent militant group has released pictures of what it claims are two British hostages seized in the country's oil producing south over four months ago.

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"Slumdog" Wins 4 Golden Globes

Updated: 01/12/2009 - "Slumdog Millionaire" was the big winner with four prizes at Sunday's Golden Globes. It won best motion picture - drama, best screenplay, and best musical score, along with a best director award for Danny Boyle.

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Ukraine Signs Gas Monitoring Deal

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Ukraine signed a deal Monday to allow independent monitors to track natural gas shipments from Russia. It did not insist on its previous conditions, opening the way for a resumption of gas supplies to Europe.

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Lawyer: Winehouse's Husband to File for Divorce

Updated: 01/12/2009 - A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband said Monday his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity. Attorney Henri Brandman said he had been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil "to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy's adultery."

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Bush Agrees To Obama Bailout Request

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The incoming President seeks the final $350 billion in bailout funds available for his first days in office.

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Private Schools Ailing Along With Economy

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Cynthia Hogan pulled her daughter and son out of Catholic school when she started feeling the squeeze of a recession that had just begun.

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