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Gov't offers new assurance census data is private

WASHINGTON — With the 2010 population count looming, the government provided new assurances Thursday that information Americans fill out on their census forms will be kept confidential and not be used for law enforcement. In a letter to Congress,

Police partner with license plate readers

A growing number of police departments are turning to mobile camera systems to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars. The cameras read license plates of parked and moving cars — hundreds per minute — and check them against vehicle

'The Vampire Diaries': Why It might be TV's most addictive show

When "The Vampire Diaries" first debuted last fall, we worried it would be nothing more than "Twilight" for TV. But we've been happily proven wrong by the show's quality storytelling and characters week after week.

Caddie says he’s angry at Tiger over scandal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Tiger Woods’ caddie said he knew nothing about the golfer’s extramarital affairs and was angry with him over the scandal.

$250 Social Security stimulus check shot down

WASHINGTON - A measure to give some 57 million elderly people, veterans and persons with disabilities a $250 check was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday, a setback for the powerful seniors' lobby. President Barack Obama has called for Congress t

Sony readies iPod rival

Sony is preparing to take another swing at Apple Computer's iPod digital music player, a top Sony executive said today. The company is developing a new music player that will go on sale in the U.S.

Google China hackers stole source code

The hackers behind the attacks on Google Inc and dozens of other companies operating in China stole valuable computer source code by breaking into the personal computers of employees with privileged access, a security firm said on Wednesday.

Palin working on book about virtues and strengths

NEW YORK – Sarah Palin is ready for the next chapter of her publishing career. Publisher HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is working on a "celebration of American virtues

Starbucks asks not to be center of gun debate

SEATTLE – Coffee chain Starbucks Corp.