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Stocks end short session with 5th straight gain

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Wall Street climbed again Friday, wrapping up its biggest five-day rally in more than 75 years, even as investors digested signs of a bleak holiday season for retailers and fears that a flurry of reports next week will show more economic distress.

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Ad watchdog: FiOS not 'so much more bright'

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Verizon's FiOS TV service doesn't make for a brighter picture, the advertising industry's self-regulatory body said, urging the company to drop some of the claims it makes in its advertising.

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Updated: 11/28/2008 - Since its launch in March, video-streaming site Hulu has become a popular place to catch TV shows, video clips and movies for free on the Web.

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Gift certificates for birth control? Foes say bah!

Updated: 11/28/2008 - At the Planned Parenthood of Indiana, 'tis the season of giving health care and contraception. But it's a sentiment that opponents of abortion and artificial birth control say denigrates the holiday season.

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EU: Euro-zone jobless rate hits two-year high

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Unemployment in the 15 nations that share the euro shot up to 7.7 percent in October - the highest level in two years - as growth dropped sharply, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said Friday.

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Japanese factory output slides, outlook even worse

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Production at Japan's vital manufacturers is sinking fast - and is projected to turn in its worst quarter ever - amid a plunge in global demand that is battering the core of the world's second-largest economy.

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Rebels in east Congo capture 2 border posts, town

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Rebels captured two border posts and a town in eastern Congo, increasing their stranglehold over the region as thousands of refugees flee into neighboring Uganda, officials said Friday.

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Official: Taliban kill 13 Afghan troops in ambush

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Taliban insurgents killed 13 Afghan troops in an ambush of their convoy in northwestern Afghanistan, while NATO-led troops fired on insurgents inside Pakistan, officials said Friday.

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Russia praises US shift NATO membership plan

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised a U.S. decision to change its strategy for bringing Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, expressing satisfaction Friday that the American administration abandoned a program seen as a key step toward membership.

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UK convicts to wear vests during community service

Updated: 11/28/2008 - It's a modern day scarlet letter only it's bright orange. Starting next week, convicts sentenced to community service across Britain will have to wear orange vests with the words "Community Payback" on them.

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Nazi guard case going to German federal court

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Germany's highest criminal court must decide where a former Nazi death camp guard - now a U.S. resident - can be prosecuted for alleged involvement in the deaths of 29,000 Jews, a prosecutor said Friday.

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2 French killed in Mumbai attacks identified

Updated: 11/28/2008 - France's foreign minister on Friday identified the two French people killed in the Mumbai terror attack as the founder of a French fashion company and her husband.

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Bush facing flood of pardon requests

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Historically stingy with granting pardons, President George W. Bush is facing a flood of requests for get-out-of-jail cards or wiping criminals' records clean on his way out of the White House.

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Online retailers ramp up deals to capture dollars

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Online retailers are ramping up heavy-duty deals to turn skittish shoppers into buyers during the crucial Thanksgiving weekend and "Cyber Monday" - but even so, online sales are expected to be fairly flat after years of strong growth.

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More rains feared as death toll rises in Brazil

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Forecasters warned Friday that yet more rain could fall this weekend on waterlogged southern Brazil, raising fears of renewed mudslides in a region where at least 100 people have died due to storms.

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GM looks to sell real estate in England

Updated: 11/28/2008 - General Motors Corp. said Friday it would sell and lease back some of its non-manufacturing operations in Europe as part of its efforts to raise cash quickly.

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