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House approves bill to fight wage discrimination

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Energized by the prospects of a pro-labor president, House Democrats marked the first week of the new Congress Friday by pushing through two bills to help workers, particularly women, who are victims of pay discrimination.

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Taylor's son gets 97 years in prison for torture

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Charles McArthur Emmanuel, the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and head of a savage paramilitary unit known as the "Demon Forces," was sentenced Friday to 97 years in prison for torture overseas in the first U.S. case of its kind.

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Westboro Baptist Member Sues St. Joseph

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A Westboro Baptist Church member has sued the city of St. Joseph over its ordinance banning protests at soldiers' funerals.

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Renault Vehicle sales Drop SharplyAamid Crisis

Updated: 01/09/2009 - France's Renault SA said Friday that vehicle sales fell 28.5 percent in December as the global economic crisis led to a "brutal" collapse of the market.

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US Travel Rules Change for Those Not Needing Visa

Updated: 01/09/2009 - U.S. officials say people from countries that do not need visas to enter the United States must begin registering under a new travel authorization program before making their journey.

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CVS Caremark Issues Disappointing 2009 Forecast

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Caremark Corp. on Friday forecast a smaller 2009 profit than Wall Street expected, pointing to uncertainty in the U.S. economy.

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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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