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Movie review: Cadillac Records

In 1950, as the blues, gospel and jazz cross-pollinated but before Detroit's Motown, before Memphis' Sun and Stax, there was Chicago's Chess label.

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Big 3 ask for bailout help

Their fates now in the hands of lawmakers, Detroit’s Big Three automakers are girding for congressional hearings later this week to determine if they’ll receive a $34 billion government bailout or face the prospect that at least one of them might go bankrupt.

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Obama signals swift action for economy

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama signaled Saturday that he will quickly seek a sweeping economic recovery plan likely to exceed the price tag of $175 billion plan that he unveiled during the campaign.

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MTV goes to Africa, weekend hits and John Lennon versus Jesus?

John Lennon once boasted his British band was more popular than Jesus.

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New Music: Beyoncé

Beyonce: “I Am ... Sasha Fierce” (Grade: B)

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Obama’s victory force hip-hop to change its tune?

Barack Obama was in his last year of high school in 1979 when hip-hop broke out of the ghettos of New York on its way to becoming a national phenomenon.

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Final ’08 shuttle mission

Space shuttle Endeavour blasted its crew of seven into clear tropical skies under a spectacular moon Friday evening. It is the final orbiter flight of 2008 to the international space station. Its mission: extreme interior redecoration, with a little outdoor lighting work thrown in for good measure.

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Civil liberties groups urge Guantanamo closure

Civil liberties lawyers launch a feet-to-the-fire campaign in Monday’s editions of The New York Times, a powerful ad urging President-elect Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo prison camps and war court on inauguration day.

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Obama urges passage

CHICAGO — With the world suddenly hanging on his every word, Barack Obama answered questions Friday for the first time as president-elect, speaking cautiously about a skittish economy and joking that his family’s discussion of a new puppy had become “a major issue.”

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Obama sees opportunity

“You don’t need to boo, you just need to vote,” Barack Obama told his crowds in the final days of the race when they reacted to his opponent’s name.

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BCS is wide open with eight teams in the hunt

College football’s eight-team playoff begins Saturday. Don’t bother filling in any brackets or arguing about seeding. This is a BCS-style playoff. There are few absolutes and many questions.

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Obama- très chic in Paris

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Omaba is not on any ballot in France - but he's a major figure on the national scene, practically a cultural icon.

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Huskies shopping for coach

SEATTLE - Tyrone Willingham said one reason he agreed to resign Monday is his hope that the Washington football family can now “come together.”

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Boise wins don’t instill much confidence

SAN JOSE – Boise State is still undefeated, but the Broncos are far from perfect.

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Pop culture gets higher political profile

These have been the stories shaking the political landscape this season: Tina Fey reduces Sarah Palin to chuckleheaded caricature, and the Republican vice presidential nominee responds by appearing alongside Fey on “Saturday Night Live,” dutifully accepting Alec Baldwin’s compliment that she’s “much hotter in person.”

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San Jose State hosts Boise State tonight

Here they are again, the feisty home underdog facing a ranked team. Under the Friday night lights. On national television. With Bowl Championship Series implications.

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Obama’s up, McCain’s campaign negative

WASHINGTON — They are fiery watch-words of an increasingly combative and negative presidential campaign debate, the one that rivals John McCain and Barack Obama are bankrolling with their own campaign commercials in the most competitive states:

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Bruce Springsteen rocks the vote — for Obama

Bruce Springsteen had pounded through his second song as though his acoustic guitar were a pickax, then handed it off to an assistant.

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