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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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Former Assembly speaker's son charged with murder

Posted: 12/03/2008 - SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego County district attorney's office says the 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a college student.

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Victim's kin file suit in Wal-Mart stampede death

Posted: 12/03/2008 - GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- The family of a New York man who was trampled to death the day after Thanksgiving by a stampede of bargain hunting Wal-Mart shoppers has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The family also filed notice that Nassau County, on Long Island, and its police department will be sued. The lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the Long Island mall where it is located was filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in the Bronx on behalf of Elsie Damour Phillipe. Phillipe is the sister of victim Jdimytai Damour (DHMEE'-tree Di-MOHR'), and is the court-appointed administrator of his estate. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, was crushed to death when some 2,000 customers stormed into the Valley Stream store. None of the defendants in the lawsuit immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Online retailers see surge on 'Cyber Monday'

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Like their counterparts at the malls, online merchants finally got some relief with the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, spurred by a bevy of deals and free shipping offers.

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