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Ask.com Acquires Dictionary.com, Other References

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Ask.com has bought a stable of Internet reference sites that includes Dictionary.com in its latest effort to distinguish itself from online search leader Google Inc. and other much larger rivals.

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Reversing Trend, Cable Modems Win Over DSL

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Cable companies attracted more Internet subscribers than phone companies did in the first quarter, reversing a 3 1/2-year trend, according to a research report Thursday.

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Study: Cox, Comcast Internet Subscribers Blocked

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Cox Communications appears to be interfering with file-sharing by its Internet subscribers in the same manner that has landed Comcast Corp. in hot water with regulators, according to research obtained by The Associated Press.

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Robotic Suit Could Usher In Super Soldier Era

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Rex Jameson bikes and swims regularly, and plays tennis and skis when time allows. But the 5-foot-11, 180-pound software engineer is lucky if he presses 200 pounds - that is, until he steps into an "exoskeleton" of aluminum and electronics that multiplies his strength and endurance as many as 20 times.

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Canadian Auto Union Agrees To GM, Chrysler Deals

Posted: 05/15/2008 - The Canadian Auto Workers union tentatively agreed Thursday to labor deals with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC that would replace contracts expiring in September.

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Maverick Oilman Pickens Puts $2B Bt O Wnd Power

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Maverick oilman T. Boone Pickens has placed a $2 billion bet on wind power in just the first of a four-phase project to build the world's largest wind farm in Texas.

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Blockbuster Swings To 1Q Profit On US Sales Growth

Posted: 05/15/2008 - The movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc., which wants to buy the electronics chain Circuit City Stores, said Thursday it swung to a first-quarter profit on lower expenses and improved results from its subscription service and domestic sales growth.

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CBS In $1.8B Deal For Online News, Info Site CNet

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Media and entertainment company CBS Corp. is buying CNet Networks Inc., an online news and information provider, for $1.8 billion in cash in its latest bid to expand its reach on the Internet, the companies announced Thursday.

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Iraqi Forces Hunt Door-To-Door For Mosul Militants

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Government troops began house-to-house searches for al-Qaida in Iraq militants in Mosul on Thursday, part of a major security operation to cleanse Iraq's third largest city from cells of the terror network.

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UN Official Says Foreign Agents Are Killing Afghans

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Foreign intelligence agents are leading secret, deadly raids on suspected insurgents in Afghanistan and shirking responsibility when innocent civilians are killed, a U.N. official alleged Thursday.

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Incoming President Of Taiwan Doubts China Unification

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Taiwan's president-elect said Thursday that unification with China is unlikely "in our lifetimes," but pledged to reach out to the longtime rival while maintaining good relations with the United States.

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Local Heroes Step In To Help Cyclone Victims

Posted: 05/15/2008 - From shopkeepers handing out free rice porridge to medical students caring for the sick, ordinary people in Myanmar are stepping in to help cyclone victims as the military regime severely restricts international aid.

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Polygamist Sect's Finances Are Murky

Posted: 05/15/2008 - In just five years, the West Texas polygamist sect transformed 1,700 acres of scrubland purchased for $700,000 into a bustling ranch with a blazing-white limestone temple, sprawling three-story log cabins, woodworking shops and a dairy.

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Woman Indicted In Missouri MySpace Suicide Case

Posted: 05/15/2008 - A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbor girl who then committed suicide.

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People Over 60 Urged To Get One-Time Shingles Shot

Posted: 05/15/2008 - People 60 and older should get a one-time shingles shot that can help prevent the painful rash, U.S. health officials are recommending. There's a 50-50 chance the shot will prevent shingles for those 60 and up, though the odds get worse the older you get. But shingles can be severe for some people, and the government believes it's worth the $160-per-dose cost.

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DoD: Chinook Helicopters At Pa. Plant Vandalized

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Investigators have concluded that two military helicopters were vandalized on the production line at a Boeing factory near Philadelphia, the Defense Department said Thursday as it offered a reward.

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Red Cross: 100 Killed In Nigeria Pipeline Fire

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Flames from a ruptured fuel pipeline swept through homes and a school in a Nigerian village Thursday, killing about 100 people and injuring some 20 others, a Red Cross official said.

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Study Likely Spells End For Anti-Bleeding Drug

Posted: 05/15/2008 - An anti-bleeding drug probably will stay off the market, experts say, after a rigorous study found patients getting the medication during heart surgery were much more likely to die than patients given other drugs.

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US Lists Polar Bear As Threatened Species

Posted: 05/15/2008 - Put at risk by global warming, the polar bear is getting a life line as the government officially has declared it a threatened species in need of increased protection. But another round of legal battles surrounding the majestic animal may be just beginning.

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