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Tens of thousands feared dead in Haiti quake
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Tens of thousands of people were feared dead on Wednesday in Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, buried beneath demolished schools, hospitals and homes, and traumatized citizens milled in streets strewn with rubble and scattered bodies.

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Obama vows unwavering support for quake-hit Haiti
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed “unwavering support” to help Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake.

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Democrats meet at White House for healthcare talks
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

With President Barack Obama urging them on, congressional Democratic leaders spent most of Wednesday at the White House in search of an elusive final compromise on a sweeping healthcare overhaul.

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Obama to ask for $33 billion for Afghan troop buildup
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $33 billion in emergency war funding for a major U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan this year, defense officials said on Wednesday.

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Sales tax collections rise in U.S. states: report
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Sales tax revenues in U.S. states rose in December from their anemic state in November but are still far from returning to the levels seen in the middle of last decade, according to a report released on Wednesday.

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Shortfalls for U.S. cities could reach $56 billion
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. cities will face a collective budget shortfall of at least $56 billion over the next two years, with the current recession not seen hitting bottom until 2011, according to a report on Wednesday

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Oil falls below $80 as inventories rise
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Oil prices fell below $80 a barrel on Wednesday, pressured by a U.S. inventory report showing rises in crude and distillate fuel stocks despite severe winter weather.

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Risky assets rebound on China second thoughts
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Risky assets, including stocks and higher-yielding currencies, rebounded on Wednesday on solid earnings expectations and a view that this week’s surprise monetary tightening in China bodes well for recovery.

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Tech and financials lift Wall Street
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as investors bet on recently weakened technology and financial shares ahead of earnings from bellwethers Intel Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co, taking the Dow industrials to a fresh 15-month high.

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Genii says new bid shows long-term support for Saab
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Luxembourg-based Genii Capital said it had submitted a revised offer to GM for ailing carmaker Saab that showed it had the financial muscle to run the firm.

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Hershey still working on Cadbury bid
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

U.S. chocolate maker Hershey Co (HSY.N) is still working on a bid for Cadbury Plc (CBRY.L) that would top Kraft’s hostile $17 billion takeover offer, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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The last word in astrology: 1/14/10
January 13, 2010 – 11:00 pm

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Jason Bateman, 41; LL Cool J, 42; Emily Watson, 43; Faye Dunaway, 69

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