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"Witch Mountain" Races To Box Office Win

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain" finished No. 1 at the weekend box office, bypassing expectations with $25 million in ticket sales.

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Possible Therapy Takes Bite Out of Peanut Allergy

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A handful of children once severely allergic to peanuts now can munch them without worry. Scientists retrained their bodies to tolerate peanuts by feeding them tiny amounts of the very food that endangered them.

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Hearst Hopes Web-Only Seattle P-I Will Turn Profit

Updated: 03/16/2009 - When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer transforms into an Internet-only operation Wednesday, it will try to do something it failed to accomplish for years as a traditional newspaper: make money.

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Ex-Pa. senator convicted of 137 corruption counts

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted Monday of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and helped pay for his lavish lifestyle.

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Fewer Teens sniffing Inhalants to get High

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Fewer teens are sniffing glue, lighter fluid, spray paint, shoe polish and other easy-to-find substances, a government study said Monday.

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Walking, Talking Female Robot to Hit Japan Catwalk

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.

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After Dora Uproar, Nick and Mattel Soothe Moms

Updated: 03/16/2009 - When toy maker Mattel, working with Nickelodeon, announced earlier this month that a "tween" version of Nick's beloved "Dora the Explorer" cartoon character would be unveiled in the fall, the response was overwhelming ... overwhelmingly negative.

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US Military Shot Down Iranian Drone Last Month

Updated: 03/16/2009 - U.S. jets shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft last month over Iraqi territory about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday. A U.S. statement said the Ababil 3 was tracked for about 70 minutes before U.S. jets shot it down "well-inside Iraqi airspace" and that the aircraft's presence over Iraq "was not an accident."

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Sudan's President: Foreign Aid Groups Must Leave

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Sudan's president said Monday he wants all international aid groups out of the country within a year, insisting they can drop off supplies "at airports or seaports" and let Sudanese organizations take care of it.

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Liberal Media Watchdog Begins Anti-CNBC Drive

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Some critics are seizing on comedian Jon Stewart's attacks of CNBC to launch an online petition drive urging the network to be tougher on Wall Street leaders.

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More Evidence Links Diabetes to Alzheimer's Risk

Updated: 03/16/2009 - You've heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.

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Monitoring of rare whales near NY harbor ends

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Monitoring for endangered right whales off New York harbor is ending because the project has lost funding in the state's current budget crunch.

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Cheap Booze? British Tradition Under Threat

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Two-for-one specials. Alcopops to make booze tasty to teens. Supermarket prices that reward buying in bulk. And pubs on every street corner, making it easy to start your day with a liquid lunch.

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Austrian Admits Incest, Pleads Innocent to Murder

Updated: 03/16/2009 - An Austrian who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive in a squalid cellar for 24 years refused to even speak to her for years, coming only to rape her, often in front of the youngsters, a prosecutor said Monday.

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Dozens of soldiers seize a palace in Madagascar

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Soldiers broke into an unoccupied presidential palace Monday and took it over in a symbolic show of force after Madagascar's opposition leader called on the army to arrest the president.

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Marking Anniversary of Deadly NYC Crane Collapse

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Survivors of a crane crash that killed seven people gathered with neighbors and elected officials to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly construction accident.

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KU's Collins Among USBWA All Americans

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Kansas' Sherron Collins, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, is the fourth Jayhawk to earn USBWA All-America honors since 2002. He led Kansas and was fourth in the Big 12 with 18.3 points per game to go with 5.0 assists.

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Obama Plans Small-Business Lending Boost

Updated: 03/16/2009 - President Barack Obama on Monday offered a fresh package of aid to small businesses — "the heart of the American economy" — in an aggressive push to get big banks that got federal bailout money to do more lending to these struggling entrepreneurs.

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Kansas Cement Company Opens Asbestos Investigation

Updated: 03/16/2009 - An asbestos investigation is under way at an Ash Grove Cement Co. operation in Montana, and the Kansas company has told employees they should not report for work until instructed to do so.

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Monitoring of Rare Whales Near NY Harbor Ends

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Monitoring for endangered right whales off New York harbor is ending because the project has lost funding in the state's current budget crunch.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Newspaper Goes Web-Only

Updated: 03/16/2009 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska's gold fields, will print its final edition Tuesday.

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