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Ex-planet Gets Namesakes

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Objects that circle the sun and are too small to be planets are now plutoids. Plutoids must be farther from the sun than Neptune. There are only two plutoids: Pluto and Eris.

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'Get Smart' Gadgets Actually Exist

Posted: 06/11/2008 - New film "Get Smart" comes to the big screen next week. Co-writer says the film exaggerates many gadgets that can be bought online. The original TV show debuted in 1965, when the nation was "future-focused." TV historian says the show was a satire of America's fixation with gadgets.

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FEMA Gives Away $85 Million of Supplies for Katrina Victims

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Bureau of Prisons, Postal Service and other agencies get free Katrina goods. FEMA spokesman: Giveaway is "not news"; agency unaware people still need goods. Head of New Orleans nonprofit says, "These are the very things that we are seeking"

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Officials Warn Against Raw Milk Trend

Posted: 06/11/2008 - U.S. health officials are cracking down on unpasteurized milk. Twenty-two U.S. states prohibit sales of raw milk for human consumption. Some believe raw milk contains beneficial microbes that treat many conditions. Raw milk has sickened hundreds of people, food safety officials say.

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Bill Clinton Cancels Commencement Speech at UCLA

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Bill Clinton on Tuesday canceled a commencement speech at the University of California, Los Angeles, because of a lingering labor dispute. "Due to the ongoing labor dispute, he regrets that he will be unable to participate in commencement this year and he wishes the UCLA graduates the best of luck," Clinton's office said a statement.

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Girl, 6, Killed by Israel Tank Fire in Gaza

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Palestinian officials say a 6-year-old girl has been killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza. Medics say the girl was decapitated by a shell. Dr. Moaiya Hassanain, a Palestinian Health Ministry official, says two others are being treated for injuries sustained in the shelling.

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U.S. Life Expectancy Still Trails 30 Countries

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Life expectancy in the United States has surpassed 78 years for the first time. Mortality rates for nine of the 15 leading causes of death have fallen. White women have highest expectancy (81 years), followed by black women. The U.S. still lags behind about 30 other countries in estimated life span

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Smoltz has Surgery, Future as Pitcher Uncertain

Posted: 06/11/2008 - John Smoltz had the labrum in his right shoulder repaired on Tuesday, and the Atlanta Braves said it will be months before the pitcher knows if his career can resume.

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Red Wings, Babcock Agree To 3-Year Contract

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Mike Babcock helped bring the Stanley Cup back to Detroit. In turn, Red Wings ownership is bringing Babcock back for three more years. The team announced Wednesday that the Cup-winning coach has agreed to a three-year contract worth about $4.5 million.

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Single-Horned 'Unicorn' Deer Found In Italy

Posted: 06/11/2008 - A deer with a single horn in the center of its head — much like the fabled, mythical unicorn — has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.

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AP Exclusive: Newman Friend Says Actor Has Cancer

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Paul Newman, the legendary actor and philanthropist, is battling cancer, his longtime neighbor and business partner said Wednesday. Newman, 83, has recently appeared gaunt in photos, and dropped plans to direct a play in his Connecticut hometown.

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'New Life' for Daughter Raised in Dungeon

Posted: 06/11/2008 - The 19-year-old woman whose hospitalization exposed a shocking Austrian incest case is recovering well, and wants to see the ocean and a pop concert, her doctors and a family lawyer said Wednesday.

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Secret Al-Qaida, Iraq Files Found On British Train

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Secret government documents on al-Qaida and Iraq were left on a commuter train, prompting a major police investigation into the latest in a series of embarrassing security breaches, British officials said Wednesday.

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With Lab Delivered, Shuttle Leaves Space Station

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Space shuttle Discovery pulled away from the international space station on Wednesday and began its journey home, ending a nine-day visit highlighted by the installation of a new Japanese lab.

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US Life Expectancy Tops 78 As Top Diseases Decline

Posted: 06/11/2008 - For the first time, U.S. life expectancy has surpassed 78 years, the government reported Wednesday, although the United States continues to lag behind about 30 other countries in estimated life span.

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Bush Doesn't Rule Out Military Strike In Iran

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Germany - President Bush on Wednesday raised unprompted the possibility of a military strike to thwart Tehran's presumed nuclear weapons ambitions, speaking bullishly on Iran even as he admitted having been unwise to do so previously about Iraq.

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Oil Soars On Dollar, Energy Department Report

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Oil prices regained their stunning upward momentum Wednesday, rising as crude's biggest drivers — a weak dollar and supply concerns — brought buyers back in force. At the pump, gas prices rose to a new record over $4.05 a gallon.

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Fed: High Energy, Food Prices Keep Economy Weak

Posted: 06/11/2008 - The economy remained "generally weak" heading into summer as rising costs for energy and food pounded consumers and forced some companies to push their own prices higher.

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Martha Stewart CEO Lyne Steps Down

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Susan Lyne, who rebuilt the Martha Stewart Living business in the aftermath of the namesake founder's legal woes, has stepped down as chief executive, and the job is being split between two company executives.

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Nevada Rancher Awarded $4.2 Million for 'taken' Water Right

Posted: 06/11/2008 - A judge awarded more than $4.2 million to a late Nevada rancher's estate after finding that the U.S. Forest Service engaged in an unconstitutional "taking" of water rights out of hostility to the rancher, a property rights activist.

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Energy Dept. Says Oil, Gas Prices To Stay High

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Motorists can expect gasoline prices around $4 gallon through next year, the Energy Department said Wednesday, with oil prices staying well above $100 a barrel.

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Oil Soars On Dollar, Energy Department Report

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Oil prices regained their stunning upward momentum Wednesday, soaring as crude's biggest drivers — a weak dollar and supply concerns — brought buyers back in force. At the pump, gas prices rose to a new record over $4.05 a gallon

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Stocks Decline As Oil Prices Rebound

Posted: 06/11/2008 - Wall Street fell sharply Wednesday as oil prices rebounded, aggravating concerns that inflation may lead the world's central banks to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points.

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