Archive For January 2010

Edgar Degas artwork stolen from French museum

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An artwork by French impressionist artist Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum on Wednesday night in Marseille in southern France, the city’s prosecutor said.

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“Hangover” tops “District 9″ on DVD sales chart

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The year is ending with quite a “hangover.” The biggest R-rated comedy in Hollywood history, “The Hangover,” hung on to the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales chart for the second consecutive week.

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Ke$ha sets female download record in U.S.

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In what is traditionally a high-volume download week thanks to shiny new MP3 players under the tree and download cards stuffed in stockings, a digital sales mark has fallen by the wayside.

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Theater owners name Sandra Bullock 2009’s top star

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In the eyes of U.S. movie theater owners, Sandra Bullock shined as 2009’s top Hollywood star at the box office, as the actress nicknamed “America’s Sweetheart” scored with audiences after a two-year absence from screens.

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Time Warner Cable, Fox at impasse; blackout looms

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About 13 million Time Warner Cable Inc subscribers were to lose most Fox programing at midnight on Thursday unless the cable service provider reached a last-minute deal to pay fees to News Corp to broadcast the shows.

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RUSAL goes public in pursuit of $2.6 billion

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UC RUSAL plans to raise up to $2.6 billion in a landmark Hong Kong IPO next month and is betting on aluminum price growth to repay nearly $15 billion in debt and restore profits after a miserable first half of 2009.

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New year, old worries for U.S. stocks

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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.

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Gold ends at $1,096.20, up 24.8 percent in 2009

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Gold prices sealed their biggest yearly gain in three decades with a small advance on Thursday, rising for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year as dollar-hedging traders and central banks joined the rally even as safe-haven buying subsided.

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Dollar gains, stocks slip as year ends with bang

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The dollar gained on Thursday but world stocks edged lower as a number of equity markets posted their best annual performance in years in anticipation of recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s.

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Wall St closes out ‘09 with best gains since 2003

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U.S. stocks ended 2009 on Thursday with their best gains since 2003, driven by optimism about the economy’s recovery and a brighter outlook for profits.

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