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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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Dow plunges nearly 430 to fall below 8,000 mark

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 as the fate of Detroit's Big Three automakers amid a slumping economy disheartened investors.

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Teen lives 4 months with no heart, leaves hospital

Updated: 11/19/2008 - D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."

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Shawnee County Health Agency Offer Quit Kits to Smokers

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Shawnee County Health Agency is marking the Great American Smokeout by offering free "Quit Kits" to smokers. They contain tips on quitting, smoking substitutes to fight cravings and information on Kan-Stop, the state's toll-free quitline.

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Peru's hot economy wracked by growing conflicts

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Peru's president is seizing every opportunity at this week's Pacific Rim economic summit to sell his country as investment-worthy growth engine to visiting Asian business leaders.

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Italy OKs euro1 billion-plus offer for Alitalia

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Italian government has approved an offer from a group of investors to buy the assets of the bankrupt Alitalia airline after getting them to raise the bid to at least euro1.052 billion ($1.33 billion).

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