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  • A view of a Wal-Mart.com store at the Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park, California, November 8, 2011

    After the holiday party comes the hangover for retailers: handling millions of returns this week. With a Christmas season that has seen record e-commerce sales coming to a close, returns should hit an all-time high on Tuesday for United Parcel Service

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    02 Jan 12
  • A new medium-range missile is fired from a naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 1, 2012

    The United States has armed itself with some of the toughest sanctions yet targeting Iran but must carefully assess how to avoid catching energy-importing allies such as Japan, South Korea and India in the crossfire.

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    02 Jan 12
  • “Occupy” makes annual list of most overused words

    Occupy this: the trash bin. At least, so say students at Michigan’s Lake Superior State University who released an annual list of words they deem so misused, overused and cliched they should be banished in the year ahead.

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    02 Jan 12
  • Venezuela’s Chavez: Did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease.

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    02 Jan 12
  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 1, 2012.

    The Republican White House hopefuls launched a two-day dash to the finish in Iowa on Sunday, with front-runner Mitt Romney poised for a strong showing that could set him on the path to the nomination.

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    02 Jan 12
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    Kevin Love went for 25 points and 17 rebounds, rookie Ricky Rubio added 14 points and seven assists off the bench, and the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up their first victory of the season with a …

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    02 Jan 12
  • Two die, 561 hurt in Italian New Year celebrations

    Two men were killed and 561 other people were wounded as Italians celebrated the New Year with massive displays of illegal and homemade fireworks, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

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    01 Jan 12
  • North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un looks on during the memorial for late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, in this still image taken from video December 29, 2011

    North Korea called on its people to rally behind new leader Kim Jong-un and protect him as “human shields” while working to solve the “burning issue” of food shortages by upholding the policies of his late father, Kim Jong-il.

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    01 Jan 12