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Space: The final frontier for cell phones?

Updated: 04/10/2009 - The vast, thinly populated expanses of the country that still lack cell phone coverage could be getting an interesting option next year: ordinary-looking cell phones that connect to a satellite when there's no cell tower around.

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China's birth limits create dangerous gender gap

Updated: 04/10/2009 - China has 32 million more young men than young women - a gender gap that could lead to increasing crime - because parents facing strict birth limits abort female fetuses to have a son, a study released Friday said.

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I, robot _ and gardener: MIT droids tend plants

Updated: 04/10/2009 - These gardeners would have green thumbs - if they had thumbs. A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants.

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Toyota's jobless pin hopes on motor city recovery

Updated: 04/10/2009 - The optimistically named "hello work" unemployment office here is jam-packed with anxious faces these days as the city named after Japan's top automaker bids goodbye to the boom times.

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Student shoots 3 in Greek College, Kills Himself

Updated: 04/10/2009 - A teenage student armed with two handguns, dozens of bullets and a knife opened fire in a vocational training college in Athens Friday, wounding three people before shooting himself in the head, Greek authorities said.

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Past cases open after Ala. murder charge dropped

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Alabama authorities plan to review as many as 100 past forensic cases by a medical examiner whose botched autopsy of a baby led a judge to throw out a murder charge against the mother.

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Killing of black man by police shakes La. town

Updated: 04/10/2009 - For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe's life in this little town was as quiet as they come - five kids with his wife of five decades, all raised in the same house, supported by the same job.

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Boston Hospital Performs Face Transplant

Updated: 04/10/2009 - A Boston hospital has performed the nation's second face transplant on a man who suffered traumatic facial injuries from a fall.

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Cycling Chief Attacks French Over Armstrong Test

Updated: 04/10/2009 - The head of world cycling on Friday accused France's anti-doping agency of unprofessional and "disturbing" behavior after it released a report saying Lance Armstrong did not fully cooperate with a drug tester.

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NYC church tweeting the Passion of Christ

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Experience the Passion of Christ - in 140-character bursts. In a marriage of Christian tradition and digital technology, Wall Street's Trinity Church is using the micro-blogging service Twitter to perform the story of Jesus Christ.

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Christians Mark Good Friday in Jerusalem

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Thousands of Christian clergymen, worshippers and pilgrims thronged the alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City, chanting hymns and bearing crosses as they marked Good Friday by retracing Jesus' final footsteps.

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Italy marks day of mourning for quake victims

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Sobbing mourners gazed at coffins adorned with mementos of the dead - a boy's toy motorcycle, a baby's blue T-shirt - as they bade farewell Friday to some 200 of Italy's quake victims at an open-air funeral Mass.

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Wildfires kill Texas couple, hurt dozens in Okla.

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Firefighters mopped up hot spots Friday from wind-driven wildfires that injured at least 34 people in western and central Oklahoma and destroyed more than 100 homes.

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Captain Tried to Escape Pirates, U.S. Official Says

Updated: 04/10/2009 - Richard Phillips, the captain of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, tried to escape from his captors Thursday night by jumping out of the lifeboat where he's being held, a U.S. official said Friday.

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Water Monitor Eyes Farm Runoff In Gulf of Mexico

Updated: 04/10/2009 - A clean water expert at Auburn University hopes a new project that enlists middle and high school students will help reduce farm runoff that is a growing pollution threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

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