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FAA Orders Review Of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The new, high-tech planes have suffered a series of problems in recent days — from fuel leaks to a fire. Investigators are going to focus on the 787s' electrical systems and manufacturing processes, according to news reports. The planes won't be grounded. Boeing and the FAA say they're safe.
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Senators Exert Power During Confirmation Process

President Obama's second-term Cabinet is beginning to take shape — that is, if the Senate confirms his nominees. It only takes one senator to put the brakes on a nomination, or at least to slow it down.
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Major League Baseball Enacts Anti-Doping Policies

The new policies are being hailed as unprecedented in American professional sports. Starting next year, the league will be fighting the use of human growth hormone and testosterone, two allegedly popular banned substances.
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Consumer Electronic Show Highlights Home Technology

As more devices connect to the Internet, more companies are flocking to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Dozens of them are hoping to bring all the appliances in your home online.
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Looking Back On Bank Of America's Countrywide Debacle

Five years ago Friday, Bank of America announced it was buying one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders. Bank officials thought the deal to buy Countrywide Financial would cement Band of America's place at the top of the commercial banking business. But it did not turn out that way.
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AmEx Travel Section Bears The Brunt Of Layoffs

American Express has announced plans to eliminate 5,400 jobs in the coming year. Expenses rose faster than revenue for the credit card giant and fourth quarter profits were down sharply. The company said the largest reductions would come in the global travel business.
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Ex-Ambassador Crocker Supports Hagel's Nomination

Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.
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This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
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Geithner Began With 'Smoldering' Economy; What Does He Leave?

Timothy Geithner presided over Treasury at a particularly tumultuous time. The banking system was still in a crisis, and people were soon calling for his head. Naming his replacement four years later, President Obama said Geithner will be remembered "as one of our finest secretaries of the Treasury."
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Mother To Daughter: 'That's When I Knew I Was Adopted'

Diane Tells His Name was 37 when she discovered she was adopted as a child. Rather than feeling anger or sadness, she embraced the opportunity to discover her Native American roots and eventually adopted a child of her own.

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