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Sri Lankan Editor's Killing Condemned

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Foreign governments and human rights groups called Friday for a full investigation into the killing of a newspaper editor who was harshly critical of the government, saying the attack posed a severe threat to independent media in Sri Lanka.

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

Updated: 01/09/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, is moving into the White House at least temporarily to join Michelle Obama and the two children, transition officials said Friday.

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Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used instead for a holiday shopping spree.

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Death toll rises to 9 from Costa Rica quake

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Helicopters plucked tourists from destroyed, mountaintop resorts as the death toll from Costa Rica's magnitude-6.1 earthquake rose to at least 9 victims, the Red Cross said Friday.

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Fla. conservatives fight transgender restroom rule

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A blond girl heads from a playground into a women's restroom. A scruffy man, lurking outside, darts in behind her. "Your City Commission Made This Legal," the words on the TV screen read. And it's true, sort of.

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Woman Allegedly Tries to Kill Hubby With Eye Drops

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A 40-year-old southwest Missouri woman is accused of trying to kill her husband by spiking his tea with a half bottle of Visine eye drops. Greene County deputies said the woman was jailed Thursday night on $100,000 bond on a first-degree assault charge.

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Masked Man Waits in Line to Rob Ohio Bank

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A man may have tipped his intentions when he stood in line at an Ohio bank wearing a ski mask before staging a holdup. Police in Stow near Akron say a 24-year-old man was arrested minutes later on Thursday following a brief car chase.

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Mosquitoes Match Wing Beats before Mating

Updated: 01/09/2009 - That annoying mosquito buzz turns out to be a love song, a discovery that Cornell University researchers say may be turned against the biting insects. Ronald R. Hoy and his colleagues found that mosquitoes that spread diseases like yellow and dengue fever alter their wing vibrations in a mating signal.

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Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow U.S.-manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product, scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said Friday.

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Patrick Swayze Checks Into Hospital With Pneumonia

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital for observation after contracting pneumonia, A&E President Abbe Raven announced Friday at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

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Obama, Democrats look to revamp financial bailout

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Eager to shift the course of the government's financial sector bailout fund, President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats want to apply greater scrutiny and a more defined mission to the beleaguered $700 billion rescue program.

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Ex-Merrill Lynch President Leaving Bank of America

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Bank of America says the former president of Merrill Lynch is leaving, following the completion of the Charlotte-based bank's takeover of the Wall Street investment firm.

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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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