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Retail shares drop sharply as market woes linger

Updated: 11/19/2008 - With Black Friday just around the corner, two new forecasts Wednesday pointed toward a tough holiday season for retailers and offered evidence that consumers simply may not be in a spending mood.

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RI woman loses appeal in Nazi-era art lawsuit

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A painting forcibly auctioned by Germany's Nazi government should remain with the estate of a late Jewish art dealer who lost it when his gallery was liquidated, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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Brazil police: 10 at fault for air crash

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A police investigation found that 10 government and airline officials were to blame for Brazil's worst air disaster, saying they failed to properly train pilots, implement rainy day procedures or fully repair the airport's drainage system, authorities said Wednesday.

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Bush reopens renovated American history museum

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush urged all Americans Wednesday to come visit the newly renovated National Museum of American History, which he called a "fantastic place of learning."

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Ballmer dismisses Yahoo buyout but open on search

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Microsoft Corp. is no longer interested in buying all of Yahoo Inc., CEO Steve Ballmer said Wednesday, though he told shareholders that the company would still be "very open" to a collaboration on Internet search. His comments sent Yahoo shares diving more than 20 percent.

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30-day age limit for Neb. safe-haven law advances

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A 30-day age limit in the Nebraska safe-haven law appears headed for final approval. The state Legislature voted 41-6 Wednesday to give second-round approval to the limit. A final vote is expected Friday and then the bill will go to Gov. Dave Heineman, who has said he would support a 30-day age limit.

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Financial crisis to be top agenda item at APEC

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush doesn't see his final Asia-Pacific summit this week as a farewell but rather a chance to enlist more nations in the battle against a financial crisis that threatens to pull the world economy into a severe economic recession.

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Animal rights video shows turkey abuse in W.Va.

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Global poultry grower Aviagen Inc. said Wednesday it has suspended a supervisor and would investigate a video released by an animal rights group that appears to show horrific abuse of turkeys at the company's West Virginia farms.

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Shift in bailout plan raises oversight questions

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The radical shift in the focus of the $700 billion economic bailout package led one senator Wednesday to question what the young prosecutor tapped to be the program's inspector general will be investigating.

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Cheney's indictment in south Texas moves forward

Updated: 11/19/2008 - RAYMONDVILLE, Texas – A Texas judge has set an arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials accused of involvement in prisoner abuse.

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Alaska Sen. Stevens concedes in re-election race

Updated: 11/19/2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens conceded defeat Wednesday in a re-election bid shadowed by his federal felony conviction, a bitter end to a four-decade career in which he held a commanding place in state politics and on some of the most influential congressional committees in Washington.

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FDA panel splits on pair of antibiotics

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Federal health advisers on Wednesday backed the benefits of an experimental antibiotic but rebuffed another, questioning whether it would be able to fight dangerous staph infections that are becoming increasingly common.

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Hillary Clinton weighing secretary of state post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to publicly disclose the names of most donors to his presidential foundation and library, a significant concession aimed at helping smooth the path for his wife to become the next secretary of state.

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US pitcher proud to inspire Japan girl

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was the inspiration for a 16-year-old girl who has been drafted to play for a Japanese pro baseball team.

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Chavez in song: Venezuela vote has live soundtrack

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Sunday's elections in Venezuela will be a key test for President Hugo Chavez a year after voters defeated his effort to change the constitution, and the socialist leader isn't missing a beat as he campaigns for his allies.

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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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