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Broadband funding in stimulus plan sparks debate

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Among the economic stimulus proposals moving through Congress is one that fulfills an old dream of broadband boosters. It would offer substantial funding for high-speed Internet networks in corners of the country that still rely on dial-up connections or have only one broadband option.

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Possibly tainted peanut butter sent to schools

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Agriculture Department shipped possibly contaminated peanut butter and other foods to schools in at least three states under a contract with the Georgia company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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Analysis: Few details on US North Korea policy

Updated: 02/06/2009 - President Barack Obama already has senior envoys working on crises in South Asia and the Middle East. The new administration has said little, however, about how it will handle a standoff with an increasingly hostile, nuclear-armed North Korea.

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Pa. radio station fined for fake $1M giveaway

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Federal Communications Commission has fined the CBS radio affiliate in Pittsburgh $6,000 for a talk show prank promising $1 million to a caller.

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SEC chief speeding penalty process for violations

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is ending a practice that she said had slowed the agency's enforcement efforts against corporate wrongdoing.

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Octuplets' mom says she had 6 embryos implanted

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The mother of newborn octuplets says she had six embryos implanted in her fertility procedure - far more than industry guidelines recommend under ordinary circumstances - and was well aware that multiple births could result.

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Senate panel vote delayed for Labor Dept. nominee

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Another White House Cabinet pick is dealing with questions about unpaid taxes, but White House officials insist the confirmation of Labor Secretary-nominee Hilda Solis is not in jeopardy.

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Obama says latest economic news demands action

Updated: 02/06/2009 - President Barack Obama says the latest jobless numbers demand action and it's "inexcusable and irresponsible" for Congress to delay on his economic recovery package.

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Panetta takes back remarks on detainee rendition

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The United States will continue to hand foreign detainees over to other countries for questioning, but only with assurances they will not be tortured, Leon Panetta told a Senate committee considering his confirmation as CIA director.

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Medical board revokes license of abortion doctor

Updated: 02/06/2009 - A Florida agency has revoked the license of a doctor accused of medical malpractice in a botched abortion in which authorities say a live baby was placed in the trash.

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Biden warns of `perilous road' ahead

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden warned Friday that the United States faces a tough - and dangerous - task as it shifts the military from Iraq to Afghanistan.

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Jobless rate 7.6 pct; 598K job cuts most since '74

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation's job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.

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Geithner Plans to Unveil Bailout Plan Monday

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other top officials are putting the finishing touches on a plan to overhaul the government's $700 billion financial rescue program.

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Hearst named publisher of Albany, NY paper

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Hearst Newspapers has named George R. Hearst III, a great-grandson of the Hearst Corp. founder, as publisher of the Times Union of Albany as part of a sweeping reorganization of upper management.

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Senate panel postpones vote on labor nominee

Updated: 02/05/2009 - A Senate panel has postponed a scheduled vote on the nomination of Hilda Solis as labor secretary amid complaints from some Republicans about her work for a pro-union group.

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Sources: US considers Uzbekistan as backup base

Updated: 02/05/2009 - The United States is considering resuming military cooperation with hardline Uzbekistan as a potential backup plan given the uncertain future of a nearby air base that is a main artery for troops and supplies for the widening Afghanistan war, U.S. officials said Thursday.

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Bones bring colonial times back to life

Updated: 02/05/2009 - The saga of life in 17th century America - "Written in Bone" - goes on display Saturday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

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JuicyCampus, home to nasty school gossip, dries up

Updated: 02/05/2009 - Critics hoped the better angels of human nature would kill off the popular campus gossip site JuicyCampus.com. Some prosecutors were trying to use the law to do the trick.

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House arrest for lawyer in $400M fraud case

Updated: 02/05/2009 - A federal judge says a prominent New York lawyer accused of defrauding investors of more than $400 million can be freed under house arrest.

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Congress reaches deal on aiding displaced workers

Updated: 02/05/2009 - House and Senate lawmakers have reached an agreement to expand a four-decade-old program helping American workers who lose their jobs because of trade with other countries.

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