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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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Shoplifter tries to escape in mall security SUV

Updated: 02/04/2009 - State police said a man stole more than $300 in merchandise from stores at Christiana Mall and fled in a mall security SUV as guards closed in on him. Police said the man took $250 in clothes from Macy's and a $50 bottle of cologne from Abercrombie & Fitch on Friday afternoon. When mall security chased him, the man drove away in a Ford Escape used by mall security.

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Man celebrates birthday with 24-hour treadmill run

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A Twin Cities man was looking for a challenge, so he decided to celebrate his 30th birthday by running on a treadmill for 24 hours straight. B.J. Van Beusekom covered about 80 miles before he stopped running at noon Tuesday. He promptly went to the nearest chair and rested his obviously stiff legs.

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Man wearing sleeping bag as cape attempts robbery

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities said a man wearing a sleeping bag as a cape and carrying a screwdriver as a weapon tried to rob someone in the parking lot of a Gainesville business. Police said a 46-year-old man approached the intended victim early Sunday morning and asked for money.

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Obama Caps Executive Pay Tied to Bailout Money

Updated: 02/04/2009 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure."

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Officials nab traveler with pigeons in his pants

Updated: 02/04/2009 - An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said Tuesday. The 23-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service

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