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Paulson says Russia urged China to dump fannie, freddie bonds

Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

Senate votes Bernanke to another term

The Senate voted 70-30 to reappoint Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Human predators stalk Haiti's vulnerable kids

Mia Pean's heart sank last week when she saw the Toyota pickup truck cruising the debris-cluttered streets of Leogagne, ground zero for the earthquake that has devastated Haiti.

Final Harry Potter movies will be 3D

LOS ANGELES - Warner Bros. will release the next two "Harry Potter" films in 3D, a move underscoring the post-"Avatar" rush for extra-dimensional box office returns.

New US home sales slide in December

Sales of new homes in the US unexpectedly dropped in December, the latest sign that government support is causing swings in the performance of the housing market.

Mid-life Crisis: An Outdated Myth?

The stereotype that many middle-aged people get depressed and must perk up their lives with sports cars and affairs may be an outdated myth, scientists say.

Former Senator Edwards and wife split

RALEIGH, N.C. - A friend says Elizabeth Edwards has separated from her husband, two-time presidential candidate John Edwards.

Iran's leader predicts Israel's destruction

TEHRAN - Iran's supreme leader predicted the destruction of Israel in comments posted on his Web site on Wednesday, in some of his strongest remarks in years about the Jewish state.

Dying news media looks to Apple tablet for hope, release today

Struggling US newspapers and magazines may seek Internet Age resurrection in a so-called "Jesus tablet" — a computer expected to grab the spotlight Wednesday at a much anticipated Apple event here.

McDonald's worker fired over slice of cheese

The dismissal was too severe a measure," the district court in Leeuwarden, in the north of the Netherlands, said in a written judgment."It is just a slice of cheese."