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U.S. Unemployment Rate Hits 15-Year High

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The government says the nation's unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest since early 1993, as employers slashed 524,000 jobs.

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More Layoffs In N.C.

Posted: 01/09/2009 - A truck manufacturer says it will lay off more than 2,100 employees at three North Carolina plants because of sagging sales.

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Man Accused Of Stealing Puppy

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Lawmen say they found the man who stole a 12-week-old puppy a few days after Christmas.

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More Children's Products Will Require Lead Testing

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Next month children's products will be required to undergo lead testing before they are sold, including clothing. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has released information detailing what this means for thrift and consignment stores.

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Rifts Show As Obama Urges Quick Action On Stimulus

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Lawmakers are under orders to finish action on President-elect Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion economic recovery plan by mid-February. But already it is plain that a set of serious fissures need to be bridged if the bill is to be completed within five weeks.

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Most Asian Markets Fall Ahead Of US Jobs Report

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Most Asian stock markets fell Friday amid more corporate gloom and worries that a key U.S. jobs report could show recession in the world's largest economy is deepening.

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Child Safety Seat Recall

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Britax is recalling some of its car seats because they could fail to properly secure children in the event of a crash.

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Reports: GM, Chrysler Bailout Deals Bar Strikes

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Newspaper reports say General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC would be in default of their multi-billion dollar federal bailouts if their workers go on strike and could be forced into bankruptcy.

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Cheney Warns Against Impulsive Action In Iraq

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Vice President Dick Cheney, warning against impulsive U.S. action in Iraq, says that whether the struggling nation backslides into a cycle of violence partly depends on how President-elect Barack Obama decides to pull out American forces.

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Broadcasts To Mobile Devices To Start In 22 Cities

Updated: 01/09/2009 - TV stations in 22 U.S. cities announced Thursday that they will start broadcasting their signals this year in a format designed to be received by mobile devices like cell phones, MP3 players, GPS units and in-car entertainment systems.

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Burris Denies Senate-Seat Deals, Waits For Court

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Roland Burris raised his right hand in a committee room at the Illinois Capitol, swearing to tell a room full of lawmakers the truth about his appointment by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

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Obama To Finalize National Security Team Friday

Posted: 01/09/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama is completing his national security team by announcing his unusual choices for CIA director and a national intelligence director.

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Sri Lankan Forces Fighting For Key Rebel Base

Posted: 01/09/2009 - A senior military official says Sri Lankan troops are fighting heavy battles with the rebels over the key Elephant Pass base on the edge of the Jaffna peninsula.

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Toxic Coal Ash Piling Up In Ponds In 32 States

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a practice the federal government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has left unregulated.

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Illinois House On Verge Of Impeaching Blagojevich

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces almost certain impeachment by the Illinois House, a historic step that would trigger a trial to determine whether the Democratic governor should be tossed out of office.

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US Abstains As UN Calls For Gaza Cease-Fire

Posted: 01/09/2009 - In a surprise move, the United States abstained from a U.N. Security Council vote Thursday night urging an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, saying it wanted to see the results of Egyptian-mediated talks with Hamas and Israel before calling for a halt to military action.

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Israel Fighting Impacts People In Eastern Carolina

Updated: 01/08/2009 - As it stands more than 700 Palestinians are reported dead in this fighting between Israel and Gaza. Peace agreements to stop the war could depend on how the United States and other nations step in.

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Dry But Chilly

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The showers have gone but the chilly air has returned to eastern North Carolina

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Blagojevich Office Says Vote Was 'Not A Surprise'

Posted: 01/08/2009 - The Democratic governor's office calls Thursday's unanimous House impeachment panel vote "not a surprise." It also predicts he'll be impeached by the full House, saying the outcome will be different "when the case moves to the Senate."

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Report: Repairs To I-795 Could Cost Up To $22M

Posted: 01/08/2009 - A new federal highway report says the state of North Carolina should make extensive repairs to faulty asphalt on Interstate 795 in Wilson County, a fix that could cost as much as $22 million.

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