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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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Seaman High School's Principal Earns Top Honors

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals named Ron Vinduska of Seaman High School as its MetLife High School Principal of the Year. He's in his seventh year as Seaman's principal.

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Pentagon defends military effort against pirates

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Pentagon offered a spirited defense Wednesday of its efforts to thwart an "alarming" spate of pirate attacks off Somalia's coast, saying the world's militaries are doing more than ever against the high-seas crime.

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`Fake Steve Jobs' stops blogging as the 'Real Dan'

Updated: 11/19/2008 - It was bad enough when Dan Lyons stopped sharing his musings about the technology scene in a hilarious satire of what Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs would be like as a blogger.

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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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Minnesota recount under way in US Senate showdown

Updated: 11/19/2008 - City and county workers across Minnesota began a laborious recount Wednesday of more than 2.9 million ballots in the tight U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

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FBI offers reward for ecoterrorism suspects

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of four alleged environmental extremists accused of sabotage attacks in five Western states - including a 1998 firebombing at a Colorado ski resort that caused $12 million in damage.

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Heartland Visioning Plan Awaits Action

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan was released Wednesday. A committee will meet Thursday to determine what actions will be taken first.

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