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Huckabee won't rule out 2012 run for president

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Mike Huckabee wouldn't rule out a 2012 run for president Wednesday, but he acknowledged it could be hard to take back the spotlight from fellow Republican Sarah Palin. "I'm not ruling anything out for the future, but I'm not making any specific plans," Huckabee told reporters at a briefing to promote his new book, "Do the Right Thing."

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Sen. Clinton weighing secretary of state post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - CHICAGO – Associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the former first lady is weighing whether to leave the Senate and become secretary of state in the Obama administration, a job they say she believes is hers if she wants it.

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Cleveland Museum of Art to return art to Italy

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Cleveland Museum of Art agreed Wednesday to return 14 ancient treasures ranging from Etruscan jewelry to a Medieval cross that authorities say were looted or stolen from Italy.

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Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

Updated: 11/19/2008 - SAN FRANCISCO – California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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US home construction sinks to new record low

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Construction of new homes plunged last month to the lowest level on records going back nearly 50 years as U.S. builders slashed production while Wall Street nosedived.

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eHarmony agrees to provide same-sex matches

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Online dating service eHarmony said Wednesday it will launch a new Web site which caters to same-sex singles as part of a discrimination settlement with New Jersey's Civil Rights Division.

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43 rare clocks stolen from Israel found in France

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Timepieces from a priceless collection stolen from a Jerusalem museum were discovered in French bank vaults, police said Wednesday, more than two decades after the heist.

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Dem officials: Daschle accepts HHS Cabinet post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democratic officials said Wednesday. The appointment has not been announced, but these officials said the job is Daschle's, barring an unforeseen problem as Obama's team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.

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Dow slips below 8,000 on growing fear of deflation

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – A growing fear of economic deflation helped take the air out of the stock market Wednesday, and another white-knuckle final hour on Wall Street pushed the Dow Jones industrials under 8,000 to their lowest close since the financial meltdown began.

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Comedy writer Irving Brecher dies at 94

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Irving Brecher, who wrote vaudeville one-liners for Milton Berle and scripted Marx Brothers movies, the TV and radio hit "The Life of Riley" and the Oscar-nominated musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," has died. He was 94.

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Senate cancels vote on doomed auto bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – The Senate's top Democrat has called off a planned vote this week on a $25 billion auto industry bailout. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he wanted to figure out some way to help Detroit's struggling Big Three but that efforts to do so had stalled.

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Fed sharply lowers forecasts, hints of rate cut

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sharply lowered its projections for economic activity this year and next, and signaled that additional interest rate reductions may be needed to help combat the worst financial crisis to jolt the country in more than a half-century.

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Huckabee won't rule out 2012 run for president

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Mike Huckabee wouldn't rule out a 2012 run for president Wednesday, but he acknowledged it could be hard to take back the spotlight from fellow Republican Sarah Palin.

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Gas and food boost 3Q profit at BJ's Wholesale

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Shoppers hunting for bargains on food, gasoline and other staples helped warehouse club operator BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. report a 24 percent increase in third-quarter profit Wednesday. The company also raised its outlook for the year.

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Surgeon who did first US heart transplant dies

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, a cardiac surgeon who performed the nation's first human heart transplant and who also developed lifesaving medical implants, has died. He was 90. Kantrowitz died Friday in Ann Arbor of complications from heart failure, said his wife, Jean Kantrowitz.

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Obama White House could be green, high-tech

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Associated Press asked several interior designers to suggest Obama-style changes for the White House. Some of what they had to say about their designs via e-mail:

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Treasury bonds higher after economic reports

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Treasury bonds continued their rally on Wednesday, with another dose of negative economic reports ushering investors into safer positions.

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Colombia seeks arrests in pyramid scheme

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Colombia asked Panama on Wednesday to arrest the leader of a company that allegedly ran a money laundering and pyramid scheme that caused a national panic over hundreds of millions of dollars in lost investments.

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