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US parents want answers after China milk scare

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Beth Flanders was on her way to China to adopt her 17-month-old daughter in September when she received a warning from her adoption agency: An industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones had been found in Chinese baby formula, and parents should not feed it to their new children.

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Senate GOP would block early try to seat Franken

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A top Senate Republican said Friday his caucus would block any attempt to seat the winner of Minnesota's close election until an anticipated court case is finished and an official election certificate is issued.

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Airline apologizes for removing Muslim passengers

Updated: 01/02/2009 - AirTran Airways is apologizing to nine Muslim passengers kicked off a New Year's Day flight to Florida after other passengers reported hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security.

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2 Major Bank Buyouts Completed

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Bank of America's $19.4B takeover of Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo's $12.7b takeover of Wachovia finished.

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China's 3G rollout sets off sales scramble

Updated: 01/02/2009 - China is starting a long-delayed introduction of third-generation mobile phone service, setting off a politically charged scramble by foreign and Chinese equipment makers for up to $41 billion in orders.

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Obama's online backers key to pushing his agenda

Updated: 01/02/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's top asset in pushing his agenda will not be his Cabinet secretaries or aides, but rather his online network. Obama's political e-mail list tops 13 million names, a digital force that the incoming White House can tap to push for his legislation, tamp down critics or bolster popular support. It's also a way for Obama to reach into every state, every city, and every neighborhood.

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FCC head drops filtering from free broadband plan

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Before he steps down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin Martin still hopes to win approval for his plan to auction off a slice of the airwaves for a free nationwide wireless broadband network.

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No shoes? No problem for this college interview

Updated: 01/02/2009 - For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her.

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Chinese software pirates get prison sentences

Updated: 01/02/2009 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft Corp. software have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 6 1/2 years, in what is believed to be the harshest penalties yet under China's tightened piracy laws.

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Shhh! Gadget racket threatens pulsar research

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Of all the threats to scientific research Wesley Sizemore has stymied over the years, satellites and cell phone towers don't stick in his memory quite like the possessive old hound and its treasured heating pad.

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Facebook nudity policy draws nursing moms' ire

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Web-savvy moms who breast-feed are irate that social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace restrict photos of nursing babies. The disputes reveal how the sites' community policing techniques sometimes struggle to keep up with the booming number and diversity of their members.

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What Will '09 Bring In Medicine?

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Expert on likely directions in treatment of obesity, cancer, infections, brain diseases, and aging skin.

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Album sales plunge, digital downloads up

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Music sales have continued to slump in 2008 as the increased number of downloads of digital tracks failed to make up for a plunge in the sale of compact discs.

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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A letter from Oprah Winfrey last week seemed like the world's best Christmas present - until teacher Ron Clark noticed an extra piece of paper flutter out of the envelope.

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Sunshine, big crowds greet New Year's Rose Parade

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Spectators who claimed their spots for the Rose Parade hours before it began were rewarded Thursday with spangled dancers paying tribute to Broadway, a lush garden wedding flanked by sari-clad models representing India's Bollywood film industry and a giant robot with a surprise under his hat.

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Bernie Hamilton, 'Starsky and Hutch' captain, dies

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Actor Bernie Hamilton, who played the no-nonsense police captain on the 1970s TV series "Starsky and Hutch," has died. He was 80. Hamilton died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his son, Raoul Hamilton.

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