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Senate panel backs Clinton as secretary of State

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for Hillary Rodham Clinton to become the next secretary of State, endorsing President-elect Barack Obama's promise to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction.

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New Jobless Claims Increase More Than Expected

Posted: 01/15/2009 - New claims for jobless benefits increased more than expected last week, reflecting continued weakness in the labor market in the new year that is not expected to ease anytime soon.

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Peanut Butter Maker Issues Recall

Posted: 01/14/2009 - A peanut butter maker that sells bulk supplies to institutions issued a nationwide recall as officials on Wednesday reported two more deaths associated with a salmonella outbreak.

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Gannett Imposes 1-Week Unpaid Furlough as Ads Drop

Posted: 01/14/2009 - USA Today publisher Gannett Co. imposed one-week unpaid furloughs for most of its U.S. employees Wednesday, saying the move could help minimize the need for further layoffs amid a severe advertising downturn.

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Johannes Mehserle Appears in Court in Douglas County

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The BART officer who was arrested in Douglas County yesterday was scheduled to go before a judge at 9:15 a.m. today. Mehserle was seen on cell phone video shooting an unarmed man at a train station on New Year's Day.

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Noriega Fights Extradition Before Appeals Court

Posted: 01/14/2009 - A panel of appeals judges is questioning whether former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega should be taken to France to face trial on money laundering charges.

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Veterans exposed to incorrect drug doses

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Patients at Veterans Affairs health centers around the country were given incorrect doses of drugs, had needed treatments delayed and may have been exposed to other medical errors due to software glitches that showed faulty displays of their electronic health records.

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House to take up children's insurance

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Pregnant immigrants and the children of legal immigrants would get health coverage under legislation the House is considering as part of an expansion of a children's health insurance program.

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Agent: Investor mutters "die" as run from law ends

Updated: 01/14/2009 - An Indiana investment manager who was beset with legal and financial problems is in fair condition at a Florida hospital today after being found with a slashed wrist.

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Retail Sales Plunge

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Retail sales plunged far more than expected in December, a record sixth straight monthly decline as consumers were battered by a prolonged recession, a severe credit crisis and soaring job losses.

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Treasury Department Nominee Skipped Taxes

Posted: 01/13/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the nation's economic rescue failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004.

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Bernanke: Obama Stimulus Would Lift Economy

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering some encouraging words about the stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama and Congress.

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Authorities: Pilot Stashed Motorcycle In Alabama

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Federal marshals on Tuesday pressed their search for an investment manager they believe faked a distress call before parachuting from his plane over Alabama and disappeared on a motorcycle he had stashed in advance.

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Analyst: Auto Industry Facing Extended Weak Demand

Updated: 01/13/2009 - A leading auto industry analyst says the auto industry needs to brace itself for an extended period of weak demand from consumers because of tough economic conditions.

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Clinton Vows Smart Mix Of Diplomacy, Defense

Updated: 01/13/2009 - At the threshold of the world stage as America's next top diplomat, Hillary Rodham Clinton is vowing to renew U.S. leadership through a "smart power" mix of diplomacy and defense.

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Bernanke: Obama Stimulus Would Lift Economy

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama and Congress could provide a "significant boost" to the sinking economy. But he warned that such a recovery won't last unless other steps are taken to stabilize the shaky financial system.

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Senate Democrats Expect to Seat Burris

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Eager to put the scandal-tainted standoff behind them, Senate Democrats accepted Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's Senate successor on Monday and said they expect to swear in the new Illinois senator this week.

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Civil-Rights Activist Ida B. Kinney Dies At 104

Posted: 01/11/2009 - Civil-rights activist Ida B. Kinney has died at 104. Believed to be the oldest black person living in the San Fernando Valley, Kinney died Jan. 1 of complications related to old age.

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