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Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Study: Swine Flu Resembles 1918 Virus

A new study finds that the way swine flu multiplies in the respiratory system is more severe than ordinary flu.

Ala. Doctor Tapped for Surgeon General

URGENT: Obama picks family physician Regina Benjamin, the first black woman to head a state medical society

Gov. Accuses Zoo of False Threats to Destroy Animals

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick accused Zoo New England of using false and inflammatory scare tactics to draw sympathy to Boston's Franklin Park Zoo after it claimed that budget cuts would force as many as 200 animals to be euthanized.

Swearing Makes You Feel Less Pain

That muttered curse word that reflexively comes out when you stub your toe could actually make it easier to bear the throbbing pain, a new study suggests.

Chinese Police Kill Two Uighurs as Unrest Flares

Police shot dead two Uighurs on Monday in renewed unrest in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang, Reuters reported state radio as saying.

Japan PM to Call Vote, Faces No-Confidence Motion

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso told ruling party leaders Monday he will dissolve parliament and hold general elections next month, following a crushing defeat for his party in Tokyo municipal polls considered a barometer of voter sentiment.

Car Bomb Kills 4 Outside Church in Iraq

A car bomb exploded near a church as worshippers left Sunday Mass, killing at least four civilians and injuring 18 in one of several attacks on Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority.

GOP: No More Stimulus Spending

Republicans oppose second stimulus, say Obama's $787B spending plan a 'flop' that hasn't fulfilled its hype

McCain Offers Palin Encouragement

Sarah Palin's former running mate says he expects her to remain on the national stage despite resignation