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Study raps Web sites touting stem cell therapies

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers should be wary of Web sites from clinics that offer stem cell treatments, says a study that found a lack of firm medical evidence to back up their claims.

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Body-swap illusion tricks mind in new study

Posted: 12/03/2008 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Shaking hands with yourself is an amusing out-of-body experience. The illusion of having your stomach slashed with a kitchen knife, not so much. Both sensations, however, felt real to most participants in a Swedish science project exploring how people can be tricked into the false perception of owning another body.

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Study illuminates star explosion from 16th century

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 400 years after Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe challenged established wisdom about the heavens by analyzing a strange new light in the sky, scientists say they've finally nailed down just what he saw.

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Scientists ask: Is technology rewiring our brains?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- What does a teenage brain on Google look like? Do all those hours spent online rewire the circuitry? Could these kids even relate better to emoticons than to real people?

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Former Assembly speaker's son charged with murder

Posted: 12/03/2008 - SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego County district attorney's office says the 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a college student.

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Victim's kin file suit in Wal-Mart stampede death

Posted: 12/03/2008 - GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- The family of a New York man who was trampled to death the day after Thanksgiving by a stampede of bargain hunting Wal-Mart shoppers has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The family also filed notice that Nassau County, on Long Island, and its police department will be sued. The lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the Long Island mall where it is located was filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in the Bronx on behalf of Elsie Damour Phillipe. Phillipe is the sister of victim Jdimytai Damour (DHMEE'-tree Di-MOHR'), and is the court-appointed administrator of his estate. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, was crushed to death when some 2,000 customers stormed into the Valley Stream store. None of the defendants in the lawsuit immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Online retailers see surge on 'Cyber Monday'

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Like their counterparts at the malls, online merchants finally got some relief with the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, spurred by a bevy of deals and free shipping offers.

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Obama names Richardson to head Commerce

Posted: 12/03/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as commerce secretary on Wednesday, filling a top economic post in troubled times and placing a second former campaign rival in his new Cabinet.

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Study raps Web sites touting stem cell therapies

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers should be wary of Web sites from clinics that offer stem cell treatments, says a study that found a lack of firm medical evidence to back up their claims.

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Police arrest aunt in Calif. shackled teen case

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Police have arrested the aunt of a 17-year-old boy who showed up at a gym shackled and terrified, claiming he had just fled his captors.

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AP Source: AL MVP Pedroia gets 6-year, $40.5M deal

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with AL Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia on a six-year contract worth $40.5 million, The Associated Press has learned.

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Grammy nominations hit prime-time with TV special

Posted: 12/03/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In an era where awards shows are as commonplace as reality shows, even the top-tier events are finding it hard to stand out. So the Recording Academy is trying something different when it announces its nominees for its upcoming Grammys. Instead of its traditional morning roll call of nominee names at a staid press conference, top nominees will be revealed during a prime-time concert special to air live Wednesday on CBS.

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Productivity growth better than expected in 3Q

Posted: 12/03/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Worker productivity slowed in the summer while wage pressures increased, but both developments were better than expected and are unlikely to raise inflation alarms at the Federal Reserve.

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Cruise ship passengers surprised by pirate attack

Posted: 12/03/2008 - MUSCAT, Oman (AP) -- Passengers on a luxury cruise liner attacked by pirates in the dangerous waters between Yemen and Somalia said Wednesday they were surprised by the assailants' boldness and described hearing the "Pop! Pop! Pop!" of the pirates' rifles firing at the ship.

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Thai crisis defused but dangers ahead

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Flights in and out of Bangkok resumed Wednesday after anti-government protests that paralyzed the capital's international airport for more than a week ended with the peaceful ouster of the prime minister.

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Leftover explosives found in Mumbai train station

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police on Wednesday discovered leftover explosives hidden in a bag in Mumbai's main train station - a stunning new example of botched security after the deadly rampage that left the government open to accusations it missed warnings and bungled its response.

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Obama names Richardson to head Commerce

Posted: 12/03/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as commerce secretary on Wednesday, filling a top economic post in troubled times and placing a second former campaign rival in his new Cabinet.

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Chrysler exec: failure could spark depression

Posted: 12/03/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top executive of Chrysler LLC cautioned Wednesday that a carmaker collapse could send the economy spiraling into a depression, as the United Auto Workers union braced for contract concessions.

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Stocks Rise as Investors Absorb Bad Economic News

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Wall Street overcame an early slide and turned modestly higher Wednesday as investors, starting to focus on the economy's future rather than its current troubles, calmly absorbed the latest disappointing data.

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