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Man Who Cleaned Public Restroom Gets Plunger Award

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Steve Oswald isn't getting back the $156.94 he charged the city for cleaning a public bathroom. However, he did get the attention of city officials who promised to take better care of the bathroom - and honored his efforts Tuesday with the Golden Plunger Award.

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12 More Arrested in China's Tainted Milk Scandal

Posted: 09/18/2008 - More than a 1,000 parents anxious over tainted milk powder on Thursday rushed their infants to hospitals for health checks as the government announced that a fourth baby had died in the spreading scandal.

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FAA Head Says Chicago Could Need New Airport

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A new Chicago airport or a vast expansion of one of the city's existing airports will be necessary to keep pace with booming demand for air travel in the coming decades, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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Environmentalists Balk At Drilling Off NJ Coast

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Environmentalists and the governor reiterated their opposition to tapping reserves off the state's coast, saying it would endanger the environment and the tourism industry on which New Jersey is so dependent.

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Thousands of New Citizens Take Oath in Boston

Posted: 09/18/2008 - It was held at the home of Red Sox Nation, but the thousands gathered in the seats were there to swear allegiance to an even larger and more powerful nation.

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Entertainment, Tech Co. To Unify Digital Media

Posted: 09/18/2008 - They have formed a consortium, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, to come up with technical specifications that content distributors and manufacturers can follow to ensure compatibility. The idea is to let people know that content and devices carrying a special logo will play nicely with one another.

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120 Charges in Missouri Sex Crime Case

Posted: 09/18/2008 - An eastern Missouri man faces 120 criminal charges, including incest, kidnapping, statutory sodomy, rape, sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child porn.

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Missouri's 'Castle Doctrine' Tested

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Missouri's new self-defense law known as the ``castle doctrine'' is headed for a test after a woman fatally shot her ex-boyfriend at her home.

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Google CEO Won't Delay Yahoo Deal Any Longer

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Google Inc.'s chief executive said Wednesday the Internet search leader won't delay its proposed advertising partnership with rival Yahoo Inc. even if government regulators need more time to assess whether the alliance will diminish competition.

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US Researchers Call Off Controversial Autism Study

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment — called chelation — has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders.

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Marine Praised By Bush Won't Get Medal of Honor

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A Marine sergeant singled out by President Bush for throwing his body on a grenade to save his comrades in Iraq will receive the prestigious Navy Cross rather than the nation's highest military award, military officials said.

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12 more Arrested in China's Tainted Milk Scandal

Posted: 09/18/2008 - More than a 1,000 parents anxious over tainted milk powder on Thursday rushed their infants to hospitals for health checks as the government announced that a fourth baby had died in the spreading scandal.

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Brad Pitt Donates Money to Support Gay Marriage

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

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ConAgra 1Q Profit Rises, Lowers Outlook

Posted: 09/18/2008 - ConAgra Foods Inc. says its first-quarter profit jumped as price increases boosted its sales. But its earnings from continuing operations fell shy of analyst expectations amid rising commodity costs.

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US Soldier Pleads Guilty in Deaths of 4 Iraqis

Posted: 09/18/2008 - An American soldier pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to murder in the deaths of four Iraqis who were bound, blindfolded and shot last year, telling a judge he stood guard from a machine-gun turret as the men were killed.

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Fed, Central Banks Move to Boost Global Confidence

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Federal Reserve, working with central banks in Europe, Canada and Asia, pumped as much as $180 billion into money markets on Thursday to combat a seizing up of lending between banks that is intensifying global financial crisis.

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Judge Dismisses Libel Suit against John Grisham

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A federal judge has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against best-selling author John Grisham and two other writers over books they wrote about the wrongful conviction of two men in a 1982 murder.

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Colon X-Ray Seen As Effective At Spotting Cancer

Posted: 09/18/2008 - A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it was far from perfect.

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Russian Markets Closed Until Friday

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Russia ordered its main stock exchanges closed for another day Thursday as President Dmitry Medvedev called for pouring 500 billion rubles ($20 billion) into financial markets in an effort to stabilize them.

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Euro Stocks Up, Asia's Down As Central Banks Act

Posted: 09/18/2008 - European stocks halted three days of losses in early afternoon trading Thursday, rising slightly after a concerted effort by central banks to pump billions more U.S. dollars into troubled money markets and limit the global financial crisis. Asian markets fell.

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