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Israel, Hamas Defy UN Call For Cease-Fire in Gaza

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Israeli jets and helicopters bombarded Gaza Friday and Hamas responded with a barrage of rockets on at least two cities as both sides defied a U.N. call for an immediate cease-fire.

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New TV trends: Internet movies, 3-D, power saving

Updated: 01/09/2009 - TV makers are adding sexy new features like streaming Internet movies and 3-D capabilities this year, betting that they can keep consumers away from basic, no-frills sets, even in a weak economy.

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FDA backs Vytorin after finishing study review

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients should not stop taking Vytorin or other cholesterol-lowering drugs, based on its just-completed review of a controversial study that hammered Vytorin sales.

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Winnie-the-Pooh to return in authorized sequel

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Publishers in Britain and the United States said Friday they will publish a new book of Winnie-the-Pooh adventures on Oct. 5. "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" is the first authorized sequel to A. A. Milne's Pooh stories, which were first published in the 1920s.

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Alzheimer's drugs double death risk in elderly

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Anti-psychotic drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer's disease may double a patient's chance of dying within a few years, suggests a new study that adds to concerns already known about such medications.

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FDA scientists complain to Obama of 'corruption'

Updated: 01/09/2009 - In an unusually blunt letter, a group of federal scientists is complaining to the Obama transition team of widespread managerial misconduct in a division of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Blu-ray discs seen as bright spot in glum season

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The Blu-ray disc, the high-definition successor to the DVD, was one of the few products that did well in the just-ended holiday season, with sales tripling from the previous year.

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More species invasions feared for Great Lakes

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Dozens of foreign species could spread across the Great Lakes in coming years despite policies designed to keep them out, causing significant environmental and economic damage, a federal report says.

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KB Home narrows 4Q loss, but home sales plummet

Updated: 01/09/2009 - KB Home managed to stem its losses in the fourth quarter versus a year ago, but the homebuilder saw sales plummet by 56 percent and said Friday it expects home prices to fall further this year and there are tougher times ahead for the industry.

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Explorers say they set record in South Pole trek

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A trio of Canadian adventurers said Friday they have set a new record for fastest trek across Antarctica to the South Pole, after suffering through whiteout conditions, temperatures as low as minus 40 — and a steady diet of deep-fried bacon and butter.

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Obama mother-in-law to join family in White House

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Get ready for the in-law in chief. Transition officials said Friday that President-elect Barack Obama's mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, is moving into the White House to join Michelle Obama and their two children.

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Dell Touts Luxury Brand But Offers Few Details

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Computer maker Dell Inc., trailing Hewlett-Packard Co. in worldwide sales, could have used a home run at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Instead, it came to Vegas with a model and a mirage.

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Illinois, 41 other states in salmonella outbreak

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A nationwide salmonella outbreak that has struck 42 states has put about one in five of its victims in the hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

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US doctors pay to hear Ore. town's vaccine views

Updated: 01/09/2009 - There are so many parents in this free-spirited, unconventional small town who won't get their kids vaccinated that federal researchers are paying money just to hear their side of things. On Saturday, 80 locals will get $50 apiece to talk about their worries over the risks of childhood shots.

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Obama Says His Economic Plan Will Be Refined

Updated: 01/09/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama said Friday that he and Congress will "hone and refine" his nearly $800 billion economic recovery plan, as he seeks to patch fissures with senior Democrats over key features of the still-emerging plan.

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Madoff awaits fate: Jail or bail?

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Disgraced money manager Bernard Madoff could find out soon whether he'll be sent to jail while he awaits trial in what is alleged to be largest financial fraud in history.

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US Troops in Iraq Get to Drink Beer For Super Bowl

Updated: 01/09/2009 - American troops in Iraq will be allowed to drink beer without fear of court-martial for this year's Super Bowl — an exception to a strict military ban on drinking alcohol in combat zones.

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Panel calls for continuing probe of lost pilot

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A Navy review board says the Pentagon should continue investigating what happened to a fighter pilot who was the first American lost in the Persian Gulf War almost 20 years ago, saying it's not yet time to close the case.

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Afghan held for sister's alleged ad hoc abortion

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The mother and brother of a 14-year-old girl who was raped are facing prosecution for allegedly performing an abortion on her in a cattle shed in central Afghanistan, officials said.

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