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Obama Seeks Common Ground With Business Leaders

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U.N. forces try to calm the crowd outside an election center in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au Prince, on Dec. 9. Supporters of Michel Martelly, who failed to qualify for an election runoff in results announced by Haitian electoral authorities, took to the streets of Haiti's capital in three days of unrest last week to contest the election results. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Haiti On Edge Amid Disputed Election Results

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39 Clues protagonist Dan Cahill (above) comes from the world's most powerful family -- but doesn't know why. Readers help Dan and his sister Amy search for the 39 clues that will reveal the mysterious source of their family's power. Scholastic hide caption

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Kids' Books Make The Leap Off The Page And Online

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Even if you have a new dishwasher, you may have found your dishes just aren't as clean and spotless as they used to be. Dish detergent makers changed their formulas because of environmental concerns, and the ingredient that had to go just happened to be the industry's chosen grime-fighter. PRNewsFoto/KitchenAid hide caption

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On May 6, 2008, about 20 FBI agents searched the work area of Scott Bloch at the Office of Special Counsel. Bloch was removed from office at the end of the Bush administration and pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress. After two years, the White House plans to nominate a replacement. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Several federal agencies are looking into the practices and policies around offshore oil drilling. In May, the Development Driller III platform (top) was surrounded by support vessels as it drilled a relief well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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At a staging area 20 miles south of Khartoum, a man carries his suitcase as he makes his way to a bus headed to Southern Sudan. A referendum in January could grant the south independence from Khartoum, but Southern Sudan is ill-equipped to provide for the tens of thousands of people are heading south ahead of the vote and promise of self-rule. Abd Raouf/AP hide caption

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The entire student body at Newcomb Central School in New York. The pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school has a total of 86 students, including international recruits. Gary Gazaille/Newcomb School hide caption

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Rural New York School Recruits Overseas Students

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Soaring Above The Rest: The Connecticut Huskies have a chance to tie UCLA's 88-game winning streak Sunday. UConn senior Maya Moore (top) averages 24 points a game for the Huskies. Jessica Hill/FR125654 AP hide caption

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