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February auto sales jump 27 percent, top expectations (Reuters)

Reuters – U.S. auto sales surged by 27 percent in February, exceeding the most bullish analyst forecasts as the lure of discounts from automakers led by General Motors Co outweighed concerns about higher oil prices for car shoppers. Continue reading

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US, S.Korea to discuss N.Korea nuclear programme (AFP)

AFP – Senior US and South Korean officials will hold talks Wednesday on North Korea’s newly disclosed uranium enrichment programme and possible sanctions, the foreign ministry said. Continue reading

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Massive dust storm hits quake-hit Christchurch (AFP)

AFP – Strong winds whipped up huge dust clouds in earthquake-hit Christchurch Wednesday, as officials defended the devastated city’s building standards. Continue reading

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West argues over no-fly zone in Libya (AFP)

AFP – Western powers argued over imposing a proposed no-fly zone over Libya as rebels fighting Moamer Kadhafi’s regime began organising the trappings of parallel government in many towns. Continue reading

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Gaddafi defiant as West flexes military muscle (Reuters)

Reuters – Two U.S. warships were to pass through the Suez Canal on Wednesday heading toward Libya as Western nations sought to keep up pressure on Muammar Gaddafi to end a crackdown on a popular uprising and to step down. Continue reading

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Guru’s trial over Arizona sweat lodge deaths starts (Reuters)

Reuters – An Arizona jury on Tuesday heard how participants in a sweat lodge became delirious and passed out in scorching heat at a seminar hosted by self-help guru James Arthur Ray where three people died of heat-related causes. Continue reading

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Army’s new fitness tests add taste of battlefield (AP)

AP – Sit-ups don’t make a soldier, the Army has decided. So its 30-year-old fitness requirements are getting a battlefield-inspired makeover. Continue reading

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Top Obama aide rejects CEO’s anti-business charge (Reuters)

Reuters – A top aide to President Barack Obama pushed back hard on Tuesday against an accusation that the president was “anti-business,” bluntly calling out Obama’s critic by name. Continue reading

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Wisconsin governor unveils deep spending cuts (Reuters)

Reuters – Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker unveiled a budget that makes deep cuts in spending on Tuesday, and he said the cuts could be even worse if Democrats continue to block his plan to curb the power of public sector unions. Continue reading

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Gadhafi forces retake towns near Libyan capital (AP)

AP – Moammar Gadhafi’s forces battled poorly armed rebels Tuesday for control of towns near the capital trying to create a buffer zone around his seat of power. The increasingly violent clashes threatened to transform the 15-day popular rebellion in Li… Continue reading

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