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DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means

Updated: 01/15/2009 - It wasn't until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a furrowed brow when her wheel buckled and she got stuck on a track. But after being rescued by friends, she smiled broadly - and that's when something clicked for little Jude Baines.

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Venezuela seeks investments from Big Oil

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Squeezed by slumping crude prices, Venezuela is reaching out to the multinational oil companies it once demonized as imperialist profiteers.

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BofA, Wells workers on downed US Airways flight

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. said Thursday a number of employees of the banks that dominate the city's business community were on board a US Airways plane that crashed into New York's Hudson River.

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High End Document Company Moves to Topeka

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A Dutch company has moved into Topeka boasting what it calls the world's fastest copier. Oce works mainly with high-end, high-volume equipment.

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States try to strip crooked pols of their pensions

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Frank Corrente was caught on camera taking bribes from an FBI informant as part of a corruption probe that brought him down along with his boss, then-Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci.

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Bitter cold hits hard because of economic meltdown

Updated: 01/15/2009 - William Davis has lived on the streets since the recession cost him his job as a commercial painter. Over the last eight months, he's made it through heat waves, wind storms, rain, snow and ice.

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How much clout would a Sen. Caroline Kennedy have?

Updated: 01/15/2009 - As the governor considers a replacement for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Caroline Kennedy has spoken repeatedly of her "relationships" in Washington and her desire to use them on New York's behalf.

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ACLU challenges secrecy of US whistleblower law

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a law that requires whistleblowers with allegations of war profiteering or other contract fraud to file their lawsuits in secret.

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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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