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Brazil mudslides, floods kill 44 after heavy rain
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Brazil mudslides, floods kill 44 after heavy rain

Mudslides and flooding killed at least 44 people in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state and authorities said on Friday that the death toll could climb with more heavy rains in the forecast.

Opposition head Mousavi: Iran in “serious crisis”
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Opposition head Mousavi: Iran in “serious crisis”

Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said on Friday he was ready to die for his reformist campaign after a disputed election in June, defying hardline calls for his execution.

Pakistan volleyball blast kills 88
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Pakistan volleyball blast kills 88

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an SUV at a volleyball game in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 88 people in a village that opposes al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents, police said.

Do sugary drinks really fuel weight gain?
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Do sugary drinks really fuel weight gain?

Studies reporting a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain have garnered a lot of attention but actually research on the issue has yielded mixed results, researchers note in a new report.

Effects of diet on diabetes risk vary by ethnicity
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Effects of diet on diabetes risk vary by ethnicity

Diets heavy in meat and fat seem to raise the risk of diabetes, though the effects of this and other diet patterns may vary by ethnicity and sex, a new study finds.

U.S. business group accuses Obama of shorting Taiwan
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
U.S. business group accuses Obama of shorting Taiwan

The head of a prominent U.S. business group accused President Barack Obama of compromising Taiwan’s security to promote U.S. ties with China.

Rush Limbaugh says doctors found “nothing wrong”
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Rush Limbaugh says doctors found “nothing wrong”

Influential conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on Friday doctors had found nothing wrong with him after he was hospitalized this week in Hawaii with sharp chest pains.

NY Mayor Bloomberg to promote immigration reform
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
NY Mayor Bloomberg to promote immigration reform

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged on Friday to promote a more open U.S. immigration policy during his third term, much as he made a campaign against illegal guns a hallmark of his second term.

Pet startup needs to get more social (media)
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Pet startup needs to get more social (media)

Entrepreneurs Tina Cannon and Christi Scovel have developed a great way to connect pet owners with veterinarians, but they need to get much more involved in social media in order to get people flocking to their website (PetsMD.com), said experts.

Dollar rises vs yen on U.S. optimism, year-end buying
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Dollar rises vs yen on U.S. optimism, year-end buying

The dollar rose to its highest level in more than three months against the yen on Thursday in holiday-thinned trading after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell to their lowest since mid-2008, affirming optimism about the economy.

Oil ends 2009 78 percent above year-ago level
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Oil ends 2009 78 percent above year-ago level

Oil finished the year above $79 a barrel on Thursday, climbing a whopping 78 percent in 2009 and notching the biggest annual gain in a decade.

Trucker YRC’s debt exchange succeeds, shares fall
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Trucker YRC’s debt exchange succeeds, shares fall

U.S. trucking giant YRC Worldwide (YRCW.O) said it averted bankruptcy by finally negotiating a critical debt-for-equity exchange that wipes out $470 million in debt and gives the struggling company access to needed credit as it restructures.

Prudential closes $4.5 billion brokerage stake sale
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Prudential closes $4.5 billion brokerage stake sale

U.S. stocks closed out 2009 with the best performance in six years, but monthly employment figures in the first week of the new year will keep investors focused on what is likely to be 2010’s reality — the economy’s struggle to recover.

Wii Fit making a health splash
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Wii Fit making a health splash

Jason Lauderman was having trouble staying active after a car accident that left him with nerve damage in both of his legs.

Veterans and shelter animals meet with Pets2Vets
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Veterans and shelter animals meet with Pets2Vets

WASHINGTON— Dave Sharpe was troubled by thoughts he couldn’t share after he returned from serving in Iraq. “I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, punching holes in walls, kicking and beating the refrigerator door,” he said.

Man claims abuse by late San Angelo priest
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Man claims abuse by late San Angelo priest

A man filed a lawsuit against the San Angelo Diocese and bishop claiming he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest who hanged himself in 2003.

St. Peter’s blesses shelter with canned goods
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
St. Peter’s blesses shelter with canned goods

The St. Peter Baptist Church of Seneca presented The Daily Rest Homeless Shelter with gifts and canned food.

Christmas Dinner Program hosted by local church
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Christmas Dinner Program hosted by local church

Four churches in the Clemson-Central area held a Christmas Fellowship Dinner Program at the Seneca Family Life Center in Seneca emceed by the Rev. Sidney Davis, pastor of the Spring Street Baptist Church in Westminster.