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U.N.-backed commission orders Afghan vote recounts

Posted: 09/08/2009 - The U.N.-backed commission charged with investigating Afghanistan's election says it has found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" and has ordered a recount of questionable polling stations.

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Ed Sec'y Duncan bemoans 30 percent dropout rate

Posted: 09/08/2009 - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says President Barack Obama feels that it's critically important to speak directly to America's school students because academic performance must be improved.

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Former soldier to be sentenced in rape, murders

Posted: 09/04/2009 - A former soldier is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the shooting deaths of three of her family members.

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NATO airstrike in Afghanistan kills up to 90

Posted: 09/04/2009 - Afghan President Harmid Karzai says he's creating a panel to investigate today's NATO attack on a pair of fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.

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Retailers report sales declines for August

Posted: 09/03/2009 - Retailers are reporting sales declines for August as shoppers continue to hold off on back-to-school purchases and continue to focus on necessities.

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Biden: Stimulus doing more than hoped

Posted: 09/03/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden is trumpeting the economic progress he attributes to the president's $787 billion economic stimulus.

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Pfizer to pay record $2.3 billion settlement

Posted: 09/02/2009 - People familiar with a record legal settlement to be announced Wednesday say that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, will pay $2.3 billion in connection with illegal drug promotions.

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Productivity up 6.6 percent

Posted: 09/02/2009 - Worker productivity grew at the fastest pace in nearly six years in the spring while labor costs fell by the most in nine years, as companies slashed costs to survive the recession.

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Alleged Holocaust museum shooter appears in court

Posted: 09/02/2009 - A white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has appeared in court. It's the first time he has been seen publicly since the June shooting.

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Obama reduces 2010 federal pay increases to two percent

Posted: 09/01/2009 - Following the lead of his two immediate predecessors, President Barack Obama has told Congress that he's reducing pay increases for federal workers next year from 2.4 to 2 percent. Obama says the national unemployment rate and the size of the federal payroll demand it.

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Official: Iran is ready for nuclear talks

Posted: 09/01/2009 - Iran's state TV is quoting the country's top nuclear negotiator as saying Tehran is ready to cooperate with world powers to ease fears over its nuclear program and has prepared a revised package of proposals to present to Western countries.

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Karzai keeps big lead in new Afghan vote results

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Afghanistan's election commission says President Hamid Karzai still has a big lead with ballots now counted from almost half the country's voting stations.

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