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Transportation Dept. Opens Probe Into Prius Brake Problems

Transportation Department has opened an investigation into brake problems in the 2010 model year Toyota Prius after the Japanese automaker acknowledged design problems with the brakes in its prized hybrid.

Toyota Faces U.S., Japan Probe on Prius Brakes

Toyota faced fresh doubts about braking problems in its prized Prius, with complaints swelling to about 180 in the U.S.

Giacometti Sculpture Fetches Record $104M

A life-size bronze sculpture of a man by Alberto Giacometti was sold Wednesday at a London auction for $104.3 million — a world record for the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction, Sotheby's auction house said.

N.C. Schools May Cut Chunk Out of U.S. History

He may be the president who governed during the Civil War and freed slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal in North Carolina high school U.S. history would begin years after with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.

Iran Launches New Research Rocket Into Space

Iran successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday carrying a mouse, turtle and worms into space for research purposes, the country's defense minister said.

Tiger Woods set to make return in upcoming tournament

UNDATED - Tiger Woods could be out of sex rehab and back on the links in two weeks, an Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.

Brown demands to be sworn in earlier than planned

BOSTON – Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown changed course and demanded he be sworn in to replace the late Sen. Edward M.

Pakistani Scientist Convicted of Trying to Kill Americans

A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist was convicted Wednesday of charges that she tried to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan in 2008, shouting with raised arm as jurors left the courtroom: "This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America."

Scott Brown to be sworn in Feb. 11

BOSTON - Massachusetts officials are planning to formally certify the US Senate election results Wednesday, allowing Senator-elect Scott Brown to be sworn in at any point afterward.

LaHood Says Stop Driving Recalled Toyotas, Then Retracts

Transportation secretary wants to meet face to face with Toyota CEO