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Bernanke-Rate hikes not best to burst bubbles
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Sunday that vigorous financial regulation would have been the best way to restrain the housing bubble that helped cause the deep recession, but said policy makers can no longer rule out monetary policy to curb the buildup of risk.

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NAB gearing up for Northern Rock takeover: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

National Australia Bank (NAB.AX) is gearing up for a takeover of nationalized British lender Northern Rock (NRKx.L) and has held a “beauty parade” of potential advisors on the deal, reported The Observer.

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Brazil’s Itau may buy stakes in RBS, Lloyds: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Brazilian lender Itau Unibanco (ITUB4.SA)(ITUB.N) is considering buying stakes in one of the United Kingdom banks rescued by the government during the height of the global credit crisis of 2008, the U.K. Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

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Kraft to raise Cadbury bid in next 2 weeks: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Kraft Foods is preparing to sweeten its hostile 10 billion pound ($15.9 billion) takeover bid for British confectionery maker Cadbury, reported the Sunday Times.

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The last word in astrology: 1/4/10
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Michael Stipe, 50; Matt Frewer, 52; Patty Loveless, 53; Dyan Cannon, 73

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The last word in astrology: 1/3/10
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Alex D. Linz, 21; Danica McKellar, 35; Mel Gibson, 54; Stephen Stills, 65

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Got a pet tarantula? Better protect your eyes
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Here’s some advice stemming from the unusual case of a man who had spider hairs stuck in his cornea: Be sure to cover your eyes when hanging around with your pet tarantula.

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Petrova picks herself as opponent for Henin’s return
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Nadia Petrova did herself no favors in conducting the draw for the Brisbane International on Saturday after the Russian picked former world number one Justine Henin as her first round opponent.

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Commissioner Bettman delighted with Winter Classic success
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The NHL soaked up rave reviews on Saturday after another successful Winter Classic as commissioner Gary Bettman expressed delight at the event’s phenomenal appeal.

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Blues fire Murray, name Payne interim coach
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The St Louis Blues have fired coach Andy Murray and named minor leaguer Davis Payne as his successor on an interim basis, the team said on Saturday.

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Fox, Time Warner Cable reach deal to avoid blackout
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Time Warner Cable and Fox have reached a deal to keep carrying Fox Networks programing after the companies negotiated through New Year’s Day to avoid a blackout of TV shows like “The Simpsons” and college and NFL football games in 13 million U.S. homes.

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A Minute With: Bryce Dallas Howard in “Teardrop”
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

After starring opposite giant robots in the action movie “Terminator: Salvation,” Bryce Dallas Howard plays a debutante in 1920s Memphis in the film drama “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.”

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