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  • Michael Johnson looks for warehouse work online at the Employment Development Department of California service office in San Francisco January 6, 2012

    U.S. employment growth accelerated last month and the jobless rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.5 percent, the strongest evidence yet the economic recovery is gaining steam.

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    07 Jan 12
  • Taiwan’s Ma to win election? The stars have foreseen it

    (Reuters) – The stars are aligning for Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou to narrowly win re-election at the island’s January 14 election, but he’ll only get by with a little help from his wife, according to …

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    07 Jan 12
  • A view of humvees parked at a courtyard at Camp Liberty in Baghdad September 30, 2011

    President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that would expand the U.S. military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to slash spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war.

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    05 Jan 12
  • Cancer rates in U.S. keep falling: American Cancer Society

    Cancer death rates are continuing to fall, dropping by 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics released on Wednesday.

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    05 Jan 12
  • Women are a mystery to British physicist Hawking

    The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women.

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    05 Jan 12
  • Colorado woman accused of damaging $30 million painting

    A 36-year-old woman was accused of causing $10,000 worth of damage to a painting by the late abstract expressionist artist Clyfford Still, a work valued at more than $30 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

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    05 Jan 12
  • U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addresses a crowd at a rally at the Middlesex Fire Hall in Valencia, Pennsylvania, in this October 29, 2006 file photo

    Rick Santorum’s last-minute surge in the Iowa caucus brought him neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney in the first contest of the 2012 race to select a Republican presidential candidate. But it came too late to attract the harsh scrutiny usually visited on front-runners.

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    04 Jan 12
  • Many of the key U.S. military partners in the NATO alliance are also facing tough defense budget cuts as a result of fiscal strains gripping the European Union

    The Obama administration will unveil a “more realistic” vision for the military on Thursday, with plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops and invest more in air and sea power at a time of fiscal restraint, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.

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    04 Jan 12