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Stocks Open Lower after Report on Jobless Claims

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Wall Street gave back some of its recent gains Wednesday as investors absorbed mixed economic readings on jobless claims, orders for big-ticket items and personal spending.

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Iraqi Parliament Delays Vote on US Pact

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Intense dealmaking among Iraq's political factions on Wednesday delayed by one day a parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American forces to stay in the country through 2011.

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New Jobless Claims Drop From 16-Year High

Updated: 11/26/2008 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week from a 16-year high, the government said Wednesday, though they remain at elevated levels due to the slowing economy.

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Thanksgiving In Space: Stiff Turkey, Bland Yams

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The smoked turkey resembles sliced deli meat but stiffer, the candied yams are bland inside, the green beans taste like they've been microwaved to death and the corn bread stuffing has a broth-heavy, institutional flavor.

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New Jobless Claims Drop from 16-year High

Updated: 11/26/2008 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week from a 16-year high, the government said Wednesday, though they remain at elevated levels due to the slowing economy.

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Thanksgiving Sky: Jupiter, Venus, Moon Together

Updated: 11/26/2008 - It's not just families that are getting together this Thanksgiving week. The three brightest objects in the night sky - Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon - will crowd around each other for an unusual group shot.

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MTV To Host Inaugural Ball In Washington For Obama

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The network announced Tuesday that it will host the "Be the Change Inaugural Ball" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington on Jan. 20.

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US Stocks Head for Lower Open after Rally

Updated: 11/26/2008 - Wall Street appeared ready to take a break Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, after a steep market rally. Stock futures pointed moderately lower as investors awaited reports on jobless claims and orders on big-ticket items.

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Encouraging Dip In Rate Of New Cancers, Deaths

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The rate of new cancer cases finally may be inching down - cautiously optimistic news but a gain that specialists worry could be derailed by economic turmoil.

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Official Says Sunken 'Pirate' Ship Was Thai Boat

Updated: 11/26/2008 - The pirate "mother ship" sunk last week by the Indian navy was actually a Thai fishing trawler seized hours earlier by pirates, a maritime agency said Wednesday.

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Obama To Name Board Of Economic Advisers

Updated: 11/26/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is naming a board of economic experts outside government to advise him on ways to create jobs and bring stability to the ailing financial system.

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Paulson Tries More Ideas To Bolster US Economy

Updated: 11/26/2008 - With the economy showing further signs that it is headed into a steep swoon, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is pulling more tricks out of his bag to try bolster the country's battered financial sector.

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Germ Alert: Steer Clear of Flatbed Chicken Trucks

Updated: 11/25/2008 - You've heard about the chicken that crossed the road. But have you heard the one about the chickens traveling down the road? It's no laughing matter. Crates of chickens being trucked along the highway in the back of an open truck can shoot a bunch of nasty bacteria into the cars behind them, researchers have found.

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Kansas 5-year-old Finds, Returns $7,000 at Goodwill

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Five-year-old kindergartner Claire Dingler of Maize stumbled across $7,000 stuffed in an envelope on the floor of a Goodwill store in Wichita, and gave it to her mother to turn into store workers.

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Thanksgiving in Space: Stiff Turkey, Bland Yams

Updated: 11/25/2008 - The smoked turkey resembles sliced deli meat but stiffer, the candied yams are bland inside, the green beans taste like they've been microwaved to death and the corn bread stuffing has a broth-heavy, institutional flavor.

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Work Pays Off, Broken Space Gear Working Again

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Astronauts aboard the orbiting shuttle-station complex got a double dose of good news Tuesday: A rotary joint that they spent days cleaning and lubing appeared to be working normally again for the first time in more than a year, and a urine-recycling machine finally was behaving.

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Thanksgiving Sky: Jupiter, Venus, Moon Together

Updated: 11/25/2008 - It's not just families that are getting together this Thanksgiving week. The three brightest objects in the night sky — Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon — will crowd around each other for an unusual group shot.

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Marine Archaeologists Find Remains of Slave Ship

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands.

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Obama, Dems Plan $500B Economic Package

Updated: 11/25/2008 - Congressional Democrats and President-elect Barack Obama are laying the groundwork for quick enactment in January of a giant, two-year economic rescue package that will total about a half-trillion dollars.

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