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Grand jury indicts man in slaying of Ohio mom

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A man looking to rob a young mother's home tied her up in the basement, had sexual contact with her 4-year-old son and fatally shot the woman after she broke free and stabbed him, a prosecutor said Thursday as he announced he was seeking the death penalty against the suspect.

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Boost Mobile Offering $50 Unlimited Plan

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp. announced today a $50 unlimited voice and data plan. It doesn't require an annual contract and isn't tied to a home calling area.

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'Joba-The-Not' charged with impersonating Yankee

Updated: 01/15/2009 - If New York Yankees star Joba Chamberlain really WAS at the Jersey shore, wouldn't he ask for something better than a bagel? That question apparently was never asked when a Toms River man with a strong resemblance to the Yankee pitcher allegedly implied that he was Chamberlain. Ryan Ward, 30, was charged with theft by deception and disorderly conduct, and could get more than a year in jail if convicted.

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Apple Shares Cown after Jobs' Reversal on Health

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Shares of Apple Inc. fell 4 percent Thursday as investors struggled to parse the latest disclosure from CEO Steve Jobs about his health and his need to go on leave until the end of June.

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Applications Pour in for 'Best Job in the World'

Updated: 01/15/2009 - One Greek woman promised to do all of Australia's laundry and pick up after the kangaroos. An Australian apparently had a tattoo advertising her love of the Great Barrier Reef etched onto her arm. And a few people just took off their clothes.

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NASA to fly unmanned drone for science research

Updated: 01/15/2009 - There will be a powerful new scientific eye in the sky come summer. NASA and Northrop Grumman on Thursday unveiled two unmanned drones that will be used for atmospheric research. One of the two Global Hawks, a version of the Air Force's top-of-the-line unmanned spy plane, will be outfitted with science instruments this spring and conduct its first earth science mission in June for NASA.

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IBM to Open Center in Dubuque, Create 1,300 Jobs

Updated: 01/15/2009 - International Business Machines Corp. said Thursday it plans to open a technology service delivery center in Dubuque, Iowa, creating 1,300 jobs in the northeast part of the state.

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Study: Basic checklist cut surgical deaths in half

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Scrawl on the patient with a permanent marker to show where the surgeon should cut. Ask the person's name to make sure you have the right patient. Count sponges to make sure you didn't leave any inside the body. Doctors worldwide who followed a checklist of steps like these cut the death rate from surgery almost in half and complications by more than a third in a large international study of how to avoid blatant operating room mistakes.

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Suspected Shooter of 8 on LA Street to Stand Trial

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A reputed gang member charged with shooting and wounding eight people including five children last year at a crowded South Los Angeles bus stop has been ordered to stand trial.

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Autodesk to Cut 750 Jobs, sees 4Q Loss

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Autodesk Inc., the software company that has lost its leader to Yahoo, is cutting 750 jobs, or about 10 percent of its work force to cut expenses and expects to report a loss rather than a profit for the fourth quarter.

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Sundance zooms on as recession hits host city

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The good news for the Sundance Film Festival is people still are snapping up movie tickets despite the sour economy. The bad news for the festival's ski-resort setting - and possibly for filmmakers selling movies - is that the independent-cinema gathering gets under way with the prospect of thinner crowds on the street and a penny-wise mind-set.

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Associated British Foods Reports Revenue Rise

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Associated British Foods PLC on Thursday reported a 21 percent rise in revenue in late 2008 from the same period last year, citing strong sales from retailer Primark.

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US Africom Begins 1st Peacekeeper Supply Operation

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The U.S. Air Force is airlifting heavy machinery to Rwandan troops serving in an international mission in Darfur, the first time the new U.S. Africa Command has undertaken a large-scale peacekeeper support operation.

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Apple shares down after Jobs' reversal on health

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Shares of Apple Inc. fell 4 percent Thursday as investors struggled to parse the latest disclosure from CEO Steve Jobs about his health and his need to go on leave until the end of June.

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Schwarzenegger: Deficit is 'rock upon our chest'

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday called California's massive budget deficit a "rock upon our chest" and said the state can address no other policy issues until the crisis is resolved.

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Bone-chilling temperatures settle over East

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Bone-chilling cold settled in Thursday from the Midwest to the Northeast Thursday, bringing teeth-chattering misery with temperatures that sank as low as 47 below zero. In some places, the temperature was the lowest it'd been in years, including Chicago, where it was 11 below zero at O'Hare International Airport Thursday morning. It was the coldest daytime temperature in a more than a decade.

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Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 40 years in 1982 killing

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Former FBI agent John Connolly was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for slipping information to Boston mobsters that led to the 1982 shooting death of a Miami gambling executive.

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All survive plane crash in NYC's Hudson River

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A US Airways jetliner crashed into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds disabled both its engines, sending more than 150 passengers and crew members scrambling onto rescue boats, authorities say. No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.

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Kellogg pulls crackers over salmonella concerns

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Concerns over consumer exposure to salmonella intensified Thursday, a day after Kellogg Co. asked stores to stop selling its peanut butter sandwich crackers until the food maker can figure out if the peanut paste is contaminated.

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Courts await money manager's release from hospital

Updated: 01/15/2009 - An Indiana financial manager suspected of staging his death in a plane crash and leading authorities on a chaotic three-day, multistate manhunt was recovering from a suicide attempt at a hospital Thursday as his legal troubles mounted.

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Obama's SEC choice promises aggressive action

Updated: 01/15/2009 - President elect-Barack Obama's choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission promised Thursday to revitalize the embattled agency's enforcement efforts and bring other changes to bolster investor protection.

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