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In Baghdad, a big craze for new cars

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Business, not bombs, is booming at Baghdad car dealerships, as well-heeled Iraqis are indulging in a passion long out of reach - spiffy, new cars.

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Judge orders US to pay $600K for taping defense

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A federal judge reprimanded prosecutors and ordered the U.S. government Thursday to pay a defendant more than $600,000, saying members of the man's defense team had been secretly recorded in a questionable witness-tampering investigation.

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Facing hard times, Shriners may close 6 hospitals

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Shriners Hospitals, which has provided free care to children since before the Great Depression, is considering closing a quarter of its facilities as donations stagnate, costs increase and the charity's endowment shrivels.

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Sacramento mayor to pay $73K to settle with feds

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced a settlement with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson over allegations that a nonprofit founded by the former NBA star used federal money to pay volunteers for jobs including political activities, running personal errands and washing Johnson's car.

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Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A military jury on Thursday acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq.

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FBI Joins Effort in Hostage Standoff with Pirates

Updated: 04/09/2009 - FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts Thursday to free an American cargo ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept a close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa.

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Oil Prices Rise Sharply on New Corporate Data

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Oil prices rose sharply Thursday despite recent indications that energy use is way down, with traders focusing instead on a rising stock market and upbeat earnings reports that suggest Americans may begin spending more.

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Stocks Surge as Profits at Wells Fargo Jump

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Stocks bounded higher early Thursday after banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. issued a surprise profit announcement that was far above analysts' estimates.

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Angels Pitcher Killed in Hit and Run Accident

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Several media outlets report Thursday that Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, was killed in a hit and run accident just hours after pitching against Oakland Athletics.

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