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U.S. poll: fewer see Obama advancing racial ties
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
U.S. poll: fewer see Obama advancing racial ties

Fewer Americans believe the presidency of Barack Obama, the first African American elected to the White House, has helped advance race relations compared with a year ago, a Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests.

Obama State of Union set for Jan 27, budget Feb 1
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Obama State of Union set for Jan 27, budget Feb 1

President Barack Obama plans to deliver his annual State of the Union address on January 27 and will present his budget plan on February 1, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Some 390 tons of U.S. ground beef recalled
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Some 390 tons of U.S. ground beef recalled

Some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting, U.S. officials said on Monday.

U.S. aid groups muster help for Haitian children
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
U.S. aid groups muster help for Haitian children

Since a disastrous earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, Americans have opened their hearts and wallets to help a nation that aid officials say has half or more of its population younger than 18.

Earnings growth takes center stage
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Earnings growth takes center stage

Profits from top U.S. technology companies like IBM (IBM.N) and financial companies like Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) this week could help stocks gain as long as investors see room for more profit growth.

Some Dubai World creditors may offload loans: report
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Some Dubai World creditors may offload loans: report

Some creditors to Dubai World DBWLD.UL, which is currently restructuring $22 billion of debt, are seeking to offload loans to reduce their exposure to the conglomerate, the Financial Times reported.

Kraft, Cadbury discuss possible $19 billion deal: sources
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Kraft, Cadbury discuss possible $19 billion deal: sources

U.S.-based Kraft Foods Inc and Britain’s Cadbury Plc are holding talks about a potential friendly deal to create the world’s largest confectionery group for up to 11.7 billion pounds ($19 billion), sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Ford and Mazda say not planning to break up China JV
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Ford and Mazda say not planning to break up China JV

Ford Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp said on Monday they had no plans to dissolve their car making joint venture in China, which overtook the United States as the world’s largest auto market in 2009.

Cigarette tax increase could help influence positive teen behaviors
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Cigarette tax increase could help influence positive teen behaviors

There’s good news and bad news in the results of a recent survey about a variety of negative teen behaviors, with adolescents acting more responsibly in some important areas.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey revealed that in three important categories, South Carolina teens are doing better.

Derek Hodgin: A case for the firehouse
January 18, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Derek Hodgin: A case for the firehouse

As the Mayor of Westminster, I have read the banter by Oconee County Councilman Wayne McCall regarding what he chooses to call the Westminster Fire Station. In most instances, I read the editorial page and don’t bother responding. However, I felt it necessary to set the record straight.