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Atlanta inner-city school gets $365K from Oprah

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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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Stores to airlines, many brands vanished in 2008

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Shoppers won't be picking up ornate lamps from the Bombay Co. in the coming year. Or investing with Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. No flying to Hawaii on Aloha Airlines or buying ultra-cheap tickets on Skybus, either.

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Gazprom: Russia to cut gas supplies to Ukraine

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Russia's state gas monopoly said it would cut off all natural gas supplies to Ukraine early Thursday after the two sides failed to agree on how much Ukraine would pay in 2009.

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Madoff set to disclose list of holdings

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Investigators may get a clue Wednesday into how much money might be available for victims in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

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Crude ends extraordinarily volatile year below $45

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Oil prices jumped 14 percent on New Year's Eve, capping a year that saw prices soar to unprecedented heights only to give up four years of gains in just five months.

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Street looks to '09 with relief after terrible '08

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The last trading day of 2008 on Wall Street provided a merciful end to an abysmal year - the worst since the Great Depression, wiping out $6.9 trillion in stock market wealth.

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Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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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China's 3G rollout sets off sales scramble

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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: 12/31/2008 - A study released Tuesday found that a quarter of Obama voters said they would continue to work online to support the new administration. The nonpartisan Pew Internet and American Life Project also found 62 percent of Obama's voters say they would ask others to support Obama's policies.

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`GoodQuests' tie online mazes to charity

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Elf Island, a virtual world created by Atlanta-based Good Egg Studios, ties online games to charity construction in the real world. The more "virtual" homes the kids build by completing mini-mazes, the more real homes that are built by Habitat for Humanity.

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FCC head drops filtering from free broadband plan

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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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Review: Ditching car OK with Net transit planners

Updated: 12/31/2008 - In the old days, I'd have to track down bus schedules and maps on paper to figure out where to go. I'd have to manually determine which transfers to take and where. Even if I did, I'd worry about catching a bus in the wrong direction.

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No shoes? No problem for this college interview

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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: 12/31/2008 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft Corp. software were sentenced Wednesday 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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No shoes? No problem for this college interview

Updated: 12/31/2008 - 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: 12/31/2008 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft Corp. software were sentenced Wednesday 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: 12/31/2008 - 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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