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NYC Police: Officer Kills Times Square Scammer

Posted: 12/10/2009 - A plainclothes cop chased a scam artist through sidewalks crowded with holiday shoppers and tourists Thursday in the heart of Times Square, killing the suspect near a landmark Broadway hotel after a gunfight that shattered box office and gift shop windows, police said.

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Government Auditors Say Food Traceback Program Flawed

Posted: 12/10/2009 - An independent watchdog agency has uncovered flaws in a crucial part of the nation's rapid-response plan - the ability to trace food to the company it came from during an illness outbreak or bioterrorism attack.

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Debating Wall Street Regulations Not Easy for Dems

Posted: 12/10/2009 - A bipartisan coalition in the House voted late Thursday to make it easier for corporations to engage in complex derivatives trades without government restrictions, eroding the reach of proposed regulations to govern Wall Street.

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Portable Nightlights Recalled Due to Electric Shock Hazard

Posted: 12/10/2009 - OSRAM SYLVANIA Products is recalling 26,000 of its LED Rocketship PalPODzzz™ Portable Nightlights. The bottom plastic cover on the recharging base of the portable nightlight can break, exposing internal electrical components. This poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.

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Experiment to Test Killing 1 Owl to Help Another

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Federal biologists are designing an experiment to see if killing the aggressive barred owl that has invaded old growth forests of the Northwest would help the spotted owl, which is protected.

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House Debates Bank Oversight Changes

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Legislation that would overhaul Wall Street regulations has cleared its first test vote in the House on a nearly party-line vote of 235-177.

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ACLU Loses donor, One-fourth of Yearly Donations

Posted: 12/09/2009 - The American Civil Liberties Union has lost a quarter of its yearly donations after a major donor cut off $19 million in annual donations because of economic difficulties.

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Ohio Killings Suspect Waives Right to Speedy Trial

Posted: 12/09/2009 - A registered sex offender charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his home agreed Wednesday to let police fence off the house with barbed wire to preserve evidence.

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Truckers Ask California to Delay Diesel-emission Rules

Posted: 12/09/2009 - California officials took steps Wednesday to delay the nation's toughest rules to reduce diesel emissions, saying trucking companies struggling with a poor economy should be given more time to replace fleets with cleaner trucks.

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Company: Cobalt Mining in Idaho to Start in 2011

Posted: 12/09/2009 - A Canadian mining company won initial federal approval for a plan to mine cobalt used in hybrid car batteries and jet engines from deep beneath the central Idaho mountains.

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Solar Power Coming to a Store Near You

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install.

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Foreclosure Filings Fall 8 Percent in November

Updated: 12/10/2009 - The number of homeowners on the brink of foreclosure fell in November, the fourth straight monthly decline, as mortgage companies evaluated whether borrowers were eligible for help.

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BofA Repays $45B in Government Bailout Funds

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday it has repaid the entire $45 billion it owed U.S. taxpayers as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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SC Panel Nixes Gov Impeachment, Considering Rebuke

Updated: 12/09/2009 - South Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday quashed a move to oust Gov. Mark Sanford over his summertime tryst and his use of state aircraft, saying his embarrassing conduct was not serious enough to merit impeachment.

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Only 10,000 Permanent Loan Modifications So Far

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Only about 10,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications this fall under the Obama administration's mortgage relief plan, harsh proof of the continuing woes for the government's effort to stem the foreclosure crisis, a watchdog report said Wednesday.

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Gatorade Drops Tiger Drink; Decided Before Wreck

Posted: 12/09/2009 - Gatorade is discontinuing its Tiger Woods drink but says it made the decision before the golfer's car accident led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life.

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