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New filings for jobless benefits tumble

Posted: 09/09/2010 - The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in two months, an encouraging sign that companies aren't resorting to deeper layoffs even as the economy has lost momentum.

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Old Farmer's Almanac: Global cooling to continue

Posted: 09/08/2010 - The "Old Farmer's Almanac" is predicting that most of the country will see a colder-than-usual winter while summer and spring will be relatively cool and dry.

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Fla. minister: Quran burning still planned

Posted: 09/08/2010 - The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he's still praying about whether go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, which the White House, religious leaders and others are pressuring him to call off.

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Obama to pitch trio of economic proposals

Posted: 09/08/2010 - President Barack Obama will pitch a trio of economic proposals today in an effort to show the public he's taking action to spur economic growth.

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BP: Multiple companies, teams contributed to spill

Posted: 09/08/2010 - Oil giant BP says in an internal report that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months.

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Montana plane crash revives 'lap child' debate

Posted: 09/07/2010 - Federal transportation safety officials are using the crash of an overloaded plane in Montana to revive a debate about whether infants and toddlers should be allowed to travel on the laps of adults.

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Official: Obama to back more business tax breaks

Posted: 09/07/2010 - An administration official says President Barack Obama will call for new tax breaks to allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011.

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Castro dusts off military uniform

Posted: 09/03/2010 - Fidel Castro dusted off his military fatigues for the first time since stepping down as president four years ago, a symbolic act in a Communist country where little signals often carry enormous significance.

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Earl's effects felt into Virginia

Posted: 09/03/2010 - First light reveals some flooding on the narrow vacation islands of North Carolina's Outer Banks after Hurricane Earl passed in the night.

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Petraeus calls relationship with Karzai sound

Posted: 09/02/2010 - The top US military commander in Afghanistan says the sometimes strained relationship between the US and Afghan President Hamid Karzai is solid.

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Bernanke: Shut down banks if they threaten system

Posted: 09/02/2010 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling a panel investigating the financial crisis that regulators must be ready to shut down the largest institutions if they threaten to bring down the financial system.

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Some bunker down, some flee as Earl approaches US

Posted: 09/02/2010 - Forecasters say they're still worried that the path of Hurricane Earl will shift a little to the west, meaning a "very significant impact" on the mid-Atlantic coast and areas to the north.

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Clinton opens Mideast peace talks in Washington

Posted: 09/02/2010 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is formally opening the first direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in nearly two years, imploring the two sides to make compromises to forge an agreement.

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Captured Mexican drug lord knew top capos

Posted: 09/01/2010 - A man who allegedly rose to become one of Mexico's most savage assassins has told Mexican investigators he personally shipped cash and drugs.

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Hamas: 150 members arrested in wake of shooting

Posted: 09/01/2010 - Hamas officials in the West Bank say 150 members of the Islamic militant group have been arrested in an overnight raid by Palestinian security forces following a shooting attack that killed four Israelis.

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Obama holds Mideast talks

Posted: 09/01/2010 - President Barack Obama will hold separate meetings Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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