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GMAC Needs to Clear Final Hurdle for Bailout Funds

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The financing arm of General Motors Corp. has until midnight Friday to clear a final hurdle in its quest to become a bank holding company, even though it already received the Federal Reserve's stamp of approval earlier this week.

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Calif. teen's family sues Cigna over transplant

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant.

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Stores Cut Prices to Entice Post-holiday Shoppers

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A line of shoppers extends out of the store into the mall hallway at the Game Stop store in Berlin, Vt., … Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars — and possibility.

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Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

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Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter dies at 78

Updated: 12/26/2008 - British Nobel laureate Harold Pinter - who produced some of his generation's most influential dramas and later became a staunch critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq - has died, his widow said Thursday. He was 78.

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Mexico: 7 cops, drug gang arrested at cock fight

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Soldiers arrested the deputy police chief of a Mexican resort town and six other officers who were allegedly protecting drug cartel members at a cock fight, the Defense Department said Thursday.

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Subway fare hackers to partner with transit agency

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A trio of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who found a way to hack into the Boston subway system's payment cards have agreed to partner with transit officials there to make the system more secure.

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3-state Route 66 Marathon to End in Joplin

Updated: 12/26/2008 - The first-ever Route 66 Mother Road Marathon is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2009, from Miami, Okla., through the southeast corner of Kansas to Joplin.

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E-shopping site to open in China for Japan goods

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A new Internet shopping mall is opening in China next month that will take payments in the widely used China UnionPay Co. cards for Japanese products, company officials said Friday.

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Mexican beauty queen jailed held in drug probe

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A Mexican beauty queen arrested in a truck filled with weapons was ordered jailed pending an investigation into possible drug trafficking and gun charges, authorities said Friday.

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Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

Updated: 12/26/2008 - A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries.

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Amazon says 2008 holiday season was 'best ever'

Updated: 12/26/2008 - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. called this holiday season its "best ever," saying Friday that it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on its busiest day - a rare piece of good news in a season that has been far from merry for most retailers, including online businesses.

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