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Professor, Cheerleaders Unite to Teach Science

A physics professor who says he'll do "anything" to get people interested in science is teaming up with the Philadelphia 76ers cheerleaders to offer online lessons on magnetics, mass and matter — all through the magic of mini-skirts.

Mini Helicopter Allows Solo Air Travel

New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft unveils a strap-on mini helicopter designed to travel at a speed of 62 mph for about 31 miles.

GOP Holds Key to 'Clunkers' Future

Democrats are struggling to win over enough Republicans to pass a $2B extension to keep auto rebate program alive

Iran Says Americans Arrested for Illegal Entry

Iranian state television says that issue of the Americans who strayed into Iran is being used as propaganda against the Islamic republic.

Sotomayor Debate Begins

GOP lines up against Obama's Supreme Court pick, who's on track to be confirmed this week | FULL COVERAGE

Minn. Mom Accused of Starving Disabled Daughter

A Minnesota woman has been charged with starving to death her developmentally disabled 10-year-old daughter, who used a feeding tube to gain nourishment.

Australia Foils Terrorist Plot to Attack Army Base

Police in Australia foiled terrorist plans for commando-style suicide attacks on at least one army base, arresting four men Tuesday with suspected links to a Somali Islamist group, senior officers said.

'Clunkers' Could Continue

Significant hurdle to extending 'cash for clunkers' program falls as Sens. Feinstein, Collins, Schumer endorse move to pump extra $2B into auto trade-in policy

Shiite Group Agrees to Renounce Violence in Iraq

An extremist Shiite group believed responsible for the killing of five American soldiers in a bold raid south of Baghdad and the kidnapping of five British men has agreed to renounce violence.

Report: Strong Earthquake Hits Mexico's Gulf of California

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's Gulf of California Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.