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Suri Cruise tops Forbes.com list of `Hottest Tots'

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Suri Cruise is the most popular kid on the playground. The 2-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tops Forbes.com's second annual list of "Hollywood's 10 Hottest Tots."

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Paris Hilton and Benji Madden split after 9 months

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Paris Hilton and her boyfriend of nine months, Benji Madden, have broken up. Hilton publicist Alanna McCarthy said Wednesday that the two "remain very good friends." She wouldn't say more.

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Suspected US missile strikes deep inside Pakistan

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The U.S. military apparently struck at Islamic militants outside Pakistan's lawless tribal belt for the first time Wednesday, firing a missile that killed six suspected insurgents taking refuge away from the conflict zone along the Afghan border.

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Facebook application plan rankles some developers

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Facebook plans to start charging for verifying applications built for the social network - an optional process that has upset some developers despite the company's assurances it will bring plenty of positive benefits.

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HP shares soar after solid 4Q outlook

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Hewlett-Packard Co. surprised Wall Street on Tuesday by saying its earnings will be slightly above analysts' expectations, going against the grain as other technology bellwethers have slashed forecasts and posted weak results in the sagging economy.

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Google gives online life to Life mag's photos

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Google Inc. has opened an online photo gallery that will include millions of images from Life magazine's archives that have never been seen by the public before.

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PC Magazine goes online-only

Updated: 11/19/2008 - After 27 years as a print publication, PC Magazine is ditching its print edition and going online-only in February.

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China's Baidu.com fights to rescue reputation

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Baidu.com has been the star of China's Internet world. But now the search engine dubbed "China's Google" is scrambling to rescue its reputation after state TV accused it of letting unlicensed suppliers of medical products pay for higher rankings on its results page - without alerting users.

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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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BASF temporarily closing 80 plants

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Chemical company BASF SE said Wednesday it is temporarily closing 80 plants worldwide due to slumping demand and cutting production at 100 more, including facilities in Texas and Louisiana. Some 20,000 workers are affected.

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Oil falls; Americans cut driving by 90B miles

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Oil slipped below $54 a barrel Wednesday as stock markets across the globe fell and yet another U.S. government report illustrated the disarray in the housing market.

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GM, Chrysler scale back glitz at LA auto show

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Chrysler and General Motors are still showing off their newest vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but their displays were noticeably quiet Wednesday while Asian and European companies unveiled new models that will likely chip away at the U.S. market share.

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Fort Riley Soldier Return to Families

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Approximately 350 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade returned home from Iraq Wednesday.

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Democrats seek to lower expectations for bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Top Senate Democrats suggested Wednesday that a bill to rescue Detroit's Big Three automakers was stalled and challenged the Bush administration to take steps to save the industry if congressional efforts falter. The White House quickly rebuffed the suggestion.

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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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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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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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Dow falls below 8,000, S&P at 5-year low

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wall Street hit levels not seen since 2003 on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging below the 8,000 mark amid a dour economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and worries over the fate of Detroit's three automakers.

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Moscow court closes Politkovskaya trial to public

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Moscow court reversed itself Wednesday and barred the public and media from the trial of three men accused of murdering investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya after jurors complained press coverage could put them risk.

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IAEA: Syrian site could have been nuclear reactor

Nuclear Waste Trial

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday that a Syrian site bombed by Israel in 2007 had the characteristics of a nuclear reactor. It also admitted that its investigation into Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program is deadlocked.

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Congo rebels appear to pull back ahead of talks

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Rebels in Congo pulled hundreds of fighters back from several front-line positions as promised on Wednesday in what the U.N. said was a welcome step toward brokering peace in the volatile nation.

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