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States fail in latest prairie dog report card

Updated: 02/04/2009 - While groundhogs will get all the attention Monday, a report being issued by an environmental group says their cousins, the prairie dogs, are in dire straits across the West.

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Odd planet's extreme global warming: Highs of 2240

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Astronomers have found a planet with a galactic case of hot flashes. In just six hours, this planet four times the size of Jupiter heats up by more than 1,200 degrees, according to a study published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. "It's the first observation of changing weather" on a planet outside our solar system, said study author Gregory Laughlin, an astronomy professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to study the planet.

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Study questions usefulness of animal-human embryos

Updated: 02/04/2009 - It may be futile to try producing stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs and making hybrid cloned embryos, a strategy that triggered controversy recently in Britain, a new study says. The animal eggs don't reprogram human DNA in the right way to generate stem cells, researchers report.

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New step reported in untangling nature vs nurture

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Untangling the mystery of inherited versus acquired traits may be a step closer. Arguments have been long and contentious over how much people inherit and how much they are influenced by their environments.

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Earliest chocolate use found in what is now US

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Chocolate for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Folks may be surprised to know how far back chocolate goes - perhaps 1,000 years in what is now the United States. Evidence of chocolate was been found in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., the earliest indication of the tasty substance north of Mexico, Patricia L. Crown of the University of New Mexico and W. Jeffrey Hurst of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Valve concerns push back space shuttle launch

Updated: 02/04/2009 - NASA on Tuesday delayed next week's launch of space shuttle Discovery while it runs tests to determine whether newly installed valves would cause serious damage if they broke during liftoff.

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House Approves Children's Health Bill

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill to provide government-sponsored health coverage to 4 million more children.

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Iran claims first launch of its own satellite

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Iran sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, the president announced Tuesday, a key step for an ambitious space program that worries the U.S. and other world powers because the same rocket technology used to launch satellites can also deliver warheads.

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Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

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BBC drops Thatcher daughter after reported remark

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The BBC says it has dropped Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as a contributor to a TV show after she reportedly used an offensive term in front of colleagues.

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Blagojevich tells Letterman he's misunderstood

Updated: 02/04/2009 - David Letterman's first guest appeared to the strains of "My Way." Then, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was posed a question a lot of people wanted to ask.

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Springsteen fans cry foul after Ticketmaster snub

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A New Jersey congressman is demanding an investigation after Bruce Springsteen fans were unable to buy tickets from Ticketmaster's Web site - which then promptly offered them more expensive tickets from a subsidiary.

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Man refuses to show license, calls 911 during stop

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities said a Florida man called 911 instead of showing his license during a traffic stop. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 36-year-old man for speeding early Saturday on Interstate 4 in central Florida.

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Trooper working as referee nabs out-of-bounds fan

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities say a 64-year-old Indiana man upset over the outcome of a high school basketball game attacked a referee - who happened to be a state trooper. Patrick Rempala, of Michigan City, is charged with battery and resisting arrest.

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