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Dow rises above 12,000

Updated: 03/08/2011 - The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and half years but is trading lower at midday.

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Pentagon officials defend proposed military cuts

Posted: 01/26/2011 - Top Pentagon officials are defending Defense Secretary Robert Gates' proposed multibillion-dollar cuts in military spending amid competing congressional demands for both deeper reductions and sparing weapons programs.

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Obama calls for new era of competitiveness

Posted: 01/26/2011 - President Barack Obama is calling for Americans to show a 'single-minded focus' on making smarter and more innovative products than anyone else - or risk falling behind.

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Smoking, obesity why US lifespans lag a bit

Posted: 01/25/2011 - The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation yet has worse life expectancy than many - and a new report blames smoking and obesity.

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Obama to call for 5-year spending freeze

Posted: 01/25/2011 - A White House official says President Barack Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union address.

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Oprah finds half-sister she didn't know she had

Posted: 01/24/2011 - An emotional Oprah Winfrey says that one of the most impressive things about a Milwaukee woman's discovery that the two are half-sisters is that the woman never tried to take advantage of her or sell her story.

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Obama to tout steps to support military families

Posted: 01/24/2011 - President Barack Obama is announcing new steps by the federal government to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness.

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Giffords intern to attend Obama address

Posted: 01/24/2011 - A White House official says an intern to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who helped the congresswoman after she was shot will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday night for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

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Russian president says terror attack killed more than 30

Posted: 01/24/2011 - Russian officials say an explosion caused by an apparent terrorist attack ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow's busiest airport, killing 31 people and wounding about 130.

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House Budget Committee head Ryan to speak for GOP

Posted: 01/21/2011 - Republicans have selected House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan to deliver the party's speech after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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Democrat urges Obama to target minority hardships

Posted: 01/21/2011 - The top-ranking African-American in Congress is calling on President Barack Obama to sharpen his focus on hard-hit minority communities in his plans for bolstering the economy.

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Giffords leaves for Houston

Posted: 01/21/2011 - A plane carrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has left Tucson, taking the congresswoman to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston.

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On JFK 50th, Kennedy family gathers in Washington

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy took the oath of office and called for a fresh start with a reminder that "civility is not a sign of weakness" and his famous request to "ask what you can do for your country."

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President Hu may hear it from some critics today

Posted: 01/20/2011 - As China's leader continues a state visit to the United States, there's word that his country's economy accelerated in the last quarter of 2010 -- expanding at a blockbuster rate of 10.3 percent for the year.

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Stocks open lower

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Stocks are opening lower, a day after weak earnings gave them their worst drubbing since November.

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1 killed in Philly gas main blast, 5 injured

Posted: 01/19/2011 - Three people remain in critical condition after a gas main explosion that killed one utility worker and forced dozens from their homes in Philadelphia.

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Attacker in bomb-packed ambulance kills 7 in Iraq

Posted: 01/19/2011 - Iraqi officials say at least seven people were killed when a suicide attacker crashed an explosives-packed ambulance through the front gate of an Iraqi guard force headquarters today.

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Obama hosts Hu as world powers seek common ground

Posted: 01/19/2011 - President Barack Obama is granting a lavish welcome to Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jihn-tow) as the world's two top powers look for common ground on economic and security issues.

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