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  • Global health officials are closely following a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left another person in critical condition in Britain.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 2:30 AM EST
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  • ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) — The big mining companies first came knocking on Ellen Pfister's door in the 1970s, ready to tap the huge coal deposits beneath her family's eastern Montana ranch.

    Pfister and others successfully fended them off, and as the coal industry retreated domestically, it appeared their battle might be won. But now, a fast-growing market in exporting coal to Asia has Pfister and other ranchers seeing their long-held fears become reality.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
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  • Hours after a British soldier in Afghanistan told medics she was suffering from stomach pains, the Royal Artillery gunner unexpectedly gave birth to a boy — the first child ever born to a member of Britain's armed forces in combat.

     
     
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 9:00 PM EST
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  • Cats with narrow stripes, the so-called "mackerel" pattern, have a working copy of the gene. But if a mutation turns the gene off, the cat ends up with the blotchy "classic" pattern, researchers reported online Thursday in the journal Science.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 8:00 PM EST
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  • Scholars on Wednesday questioned the much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar that a 4th century fragment of papyrus provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
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