Jackson “Thriller” film picked for U.S. registry

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Michael Jackson’s 1983 short movie “Thriller,” the song-and-dance horror flick that helped popularize television music videos, will live on in the U.S. National Film Registry.

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Susan Boyle chases Swift in U.S. album chart nail-biter

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Scottish singer Susan Boyle narrowly failed to claim honors for the year’s best-selling album in the United States on Wednesday, but still has another sales week to wrest the title from country star Taylor Swift.

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At least 12,220 dead from H1N1 around world: WHO

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At least 12,220 deaths from H1N1 flu have been formally confirmed around the globe but the pandemic appears to be declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Canada to suspend Parliament until after Olympics

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The Canadian government will suspend Parliament until early March, a spokesman said on Wednesday, giving it political advantages but bringing an angry backlash from a sidelined opposition.

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British hostage freed in Iraq

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British computer programer Peter Moore was released on Wednesday, two and a half years after being taken hostage by militants in Baghdad, officials said.

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Hugo Chavez mocks Venezuela coup, Fidel Castro death forecast

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez scoffed on Wednesday at U.S. magazine Newsweek’s predictions that he would be toppled by a military coup and his Cuban mentor Fidel Castro would die in 2010.

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Bombs kill more than 30 in Iraq

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Twin suicide bombs killed at least 27 and wounded more than 100 in Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland on Wednesday and a roadside bomb killed seven pilgrims returning from a major Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.

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Quitting smoking after heart attack extends lives

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Confirming that it really is never too late to quit smoking, a new study finds that heart attack survivors who kick the habit live longer than those who keep puffing away.

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U.S. spy chief in spotlight after botched plane attack

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U.S. intelligence chief Admiral Dennis Blair faced tough questions about his future on Wednesday as the Obama administration fended off criticism over the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on December 25.

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U.S. airport security irks, but passengers cope

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First it was pocket knives and nail clippers. Then it was shoes. Then liquids. Now the government may want a closer look at your underwear after a botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

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