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Scientists Create 'Synthetic Cell'

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A team of U.S. scientists has created what they're calling a "synthetic cell," although really it appears to be more of a Franken-cell, if you will, since the cell's genome is artificial but the "recipient cell" is not. All the same, it's still bound to freak some people out.

Can You Hear Me Now? Telecoms Paid to Give Team McCain More Bars

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It's hard to get cell reception in an out-of-the-way place like Sedona, Ariz., but it helps if you sit on the Senate committee that oversees the telecommunications industry. The Washington Post has learned that AT&T and Verizon, both of which have lobbying ties to the McCain campaign, provided cell towers for the McCains' ranch at no charge to the couple.

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The U.S. military carried out an overnight airstrike in Somalia, targeting the country's primary al-Qaida cell -- and by Thursday morning the man considered the group's leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, was confirmed dead, along with 10 others.

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It's beginning to look like there's nowhere to hide from the often-referenced "obesity epidemic." First came the news this month that friends may cause each others' waistlines to expand, and now there's a new study out that links excess weight, in certain cases, to a common cold-inducing virus, adenovirus-36.

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American and Iraqi troops raided houses and buildings in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday to arrest five suspected members of a Shiite terror cell following Tuesday's brazen kidnapping of a British computer expert and his four bodyguards from a government building in the capital city.

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Michael J Fox defends his advocacy against Rush Limbaugh's ignoble attack: "Because the thing about being symptomatic is that it's not comfortable No one wants to be symptomatic; it's like being hit with a hammer".

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Dutch authorities detained 12 passengers on a flight headed to Mumbai, India, after the plane was turned around under fighter escort. The passengers were reported to have behaved suspiciously?using and exchanging cellphones midflight. Later, authorities said the incident probably had nothing to do with terrorism and that the 12 passengers would be released today.

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