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Posted at 9:41 AM ET, 01/19/2011

The day of retirement, Starbucks smartphones and the India shuffle

By Melissa Bell
Pakistan earthquake
Residents warm themselves near a fire as thet sit outside in fear of their homes being weakened following the earthquake in Pakistan. Despite it having a magnitude of 7.2, it caused little damage to the country. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

People are talking about:

National news: Retiring politicians

Tuesday night, Capitol Hill reeled from the news that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) would not seek reelection in 2012. And then an even bigger bomb dropped: Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate, would not run again in 2012.

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International news: India parliamentary reshuffle

Mired in controversy and scandal, Prime Minster Manmohan Singh took to reordering his cabinet in an attempt to restore confidence in his government, after a telecommunications scandal and a sports scandal rocked the country. The biggest move was replacing the sports minister after the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in 2010, were greeted with international disdain.

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Tech news: Starbucks gets smart

Now you can buy your Bottled Insomnia with just a swipe of your smartphone. Starbucks has introduced a payment plan that scans your smartphone and will be added to your Starbucks card account.

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Lovely news: World Air Traffic in 24 hours

Like watching some strange sort of yellow bird migrate: We fly a lot.

By Melissa Bell  | January 19, 2011; 9:41 AM ET
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