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Scientists ask: Is technology rewiring our brains?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - What does a teenage brain on Google look like? Do all those hours spent online rewire the circuitry? Could these kids even relate better to emoticons than to real people?

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Camels found wandering in Mexican border city

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Mexico (AP) -- It may have seemed like a mirage: Two camels nibbling on a pine tree along a street in this desert metropolis on the Texas border. Police tried lassoing the animals, which lunged at the officers with snapping teeth as onlookers chuckled.

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Urn left at Helping Hands charity in Arkansas

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Usually when a charity wants a donor to return, the agency is seeking another contribution. Helping Hands in Bentonville wants the person who left what's apparently a funerary urn to come back and get it.

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RI man bags mutant, 4-clawed lady lobster

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- A lady lobster with four claws was pulled from the deep this week in the waters off Newport. With a large crusher claw and three pincher claws - instead of the usual one - the crustacean was unlike anything 39-year-old lobsterman Patrick Marks had ever seen in his 14 years catching the creatures.

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Man uses candy cane to subdue attacker with knife

Posted: 12/03/2008 - AP) -- A man using a candy cane lawn ornament fended off a knife-wielding neighbor who had been attacking holiday guests at a Sacramento home. Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong saID the man used the two-foot-tall plastic ornament to subdue the attacker until officers arrived.

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The one that didn't get away yields long-lost ring

Posted: 12/03/2008 - BUNA, Texas (AP) -- The one that didn't get away held an unlikely surprise for a Texas man. The blue-stoned class ring of Joe Richardson, engraved with his name, turned up inside an 8-pound bass 21 years after he lost it while fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn.

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Holiday Music fills the Library

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Patrons to the Topeka and Shawnee County Library was treated to some beautiful holiday music today.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Posted: 12/03/2008 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Posted: 12/03/2008 - LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) -- The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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1 in 5 young adults has personality disorder

Posted: 12/03/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported Monday in the most extensive study of its kind.

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British conjoined twin dies after surgery

Posted: 12/03/2008 - LONDON (AP) -- Faith was breathing for Hope. So when the newborn conjoined Williams twins were separated, it turned out that Hope couldn't live without her sister.

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Report: Young doctors still too tired for safety

Posted: 12/03/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors-in-training are still too exhausted, says a new report that calls on hospitals to let them have a nap. Regulations that capped the working hours of bleary-eyed young doctors came just five years ago, limiting them to about 80 hours a week.

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Study raps Web sites touting stem cell therapies

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers should be wary of Web sites from clinics that offer stem cell treatments, says a study that found a lack of firm medical evidence to back up their claims.

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Mandates driving surge to the river for hydropower

Posted: 12/03/2008 - HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- Many decades ago, cost-conscious Henry Ford turned to hydroelectric plants to power his car factories like the one by the Great Miami River, near this Cincinnati suburb. That assembly plant is long gone, but the power plant and the technology behind it isn't.

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Food crunch opens doors to bioengineered crops

Posted: 12/03/2008 - KUNMING, China (AP) -- Zeng Yawen's outdoor laboratory in the terraced hills of southern China is a trove of genetic potential - rice that thrives in unusually cool temperatures, high altitudes or in dry soil; rice rich in calcium, vitamins or iron.

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Space shuttle glides to safe landing in California

Posted: 12/03/2008 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour slipped out of a brilliant desert sky and touched down safely in California after a nearly 16-day mission to repair and upgrade the international space station.

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Dirty teeth reveal ancient diet

Posted: 12/03/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thanks to poor dental hygiene, researchers are getting a more detailed understanding of what people ate thousands of years ago in what is now Peru.

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Search for ivory-billed woodpecker to begin anew

Posted: 12/03/2008 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Last year, Allan Mueller thinks he saw the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. The wildlife biologist wants to make sure of it this winter.

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Study raps Web sites touting stem cell therapies

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers should be wary of Web sites from clinics that offer stem cell treatments, says a study that found a lack of firm medical evidence to back up their claims.

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Body-swap illusion tricks mind in new study

Posted: 12/03/2008 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Shaking hands with yourself is an amusing out-of-body experience. The illusion of having your stomach slashed with a kitchen knife, not so much. Both sensations, however, felt real to most participants in a Swedish science project exploring how people can be tricked into the false perception of owning another body.

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Study illuminates star explosion from 16th century

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 400 years after Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe challenged established wisdom about the heavens by analyzing a strange new light in the sky, scientists say they've finally nailed down just what he saw.

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Scientists ask: Is technology rewiring our brains?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- What does a teenage brain on Google look like? Do all those hours spent online rewire the circuitry? Could these kids even relate better to emoticons than to real people?

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