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'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.

$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.

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.

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 securi

Postal service could decrease by 1 day

The United States Postal Service is considering cutting back mail delivery from six days to five, eliminating Saturday mail. The postmaster general says more people are paying bills and sending messages online, leading to a major drop in first cla

RI school leader calls for talks, not mass firing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A superintendent who fired all the teachers in a long-troubled Rhode Island high school says she's willing to negotiate after their union promised to support reforms.

Obama Calls for 'Up or Down' Vote on Health

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, hoping to move the health-care debate to its final stages, called on lawmakers to schedule a vote in the next few weeks.

Rove admits to error on Iraq as Bush strategist

NEW YORK - Republican strategist Karl Rove says in a new memoir that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq badly damaged the Bush administration's credibility and led to dwindling public support fo

Chile steps up hunt for quake victims

CONCEPCION, Chile – Rescue crews with sniffer dogs fanned out around Chile's earthquake-ravaged cities and villages on Wednesday, searching for survivors inside the mountains of rubble.

NASCAR making change to cars

NASCAR is weeks away from making a small but significant change to its car, one that could dramatically impact how races run from here on out.