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Tobacco Companies Sue to Block Graphic Warning Labels [VIDEO]

In June, the Food and Drug Administration released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Now, four of the five largest US tobacco companies want a judge to stop the government from using them.

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President Obama to Issue New Proposals on Job Creation, Debt Reduction

Faced with stagnant unemployment rates, a lowered credit rating and the threat of a double dip recession, President Barack Obama plans to give a major speech about job creation and debt reduction in September.

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Casey Anthony’s Parents to Appear on ‘Dr. Phil’

The parents of Casey Anthony, who was recently acquitted of killing her young daughter Caylee, will break their silence on the upcoming 10th season premiere of ‘Dr. Phil.’

The embattled couple had its pick of media outlets, but felt the show hosted by psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw was the best option. “We are hoping that by doing this interview, we will be able to help other people who may be experiencing struggles of their own. We certainly don’t want anyone to experience what we have these last three years,” Cindy Anthony said.

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9/11 First Responders Not Invited to 10th Anniversary Ceremony of Terror Attacks

The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that 9/11 responders have not been invited to the upcoming 10th anniversary commemoration of the terrorist attacks — a move those workers have called a “betrayal.”

Many of the 3,000 firefighters, police officers, and other city employees who’ve been excluded feel the decision was made to try to hide the medical ailments many of them are now suffering. “It’ll bring up the fact that we’re basically walking dead and that we’re not being treated,” remarked first responder Bonnie Giebfried.

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Good Looking People Are More Selfish — Study

Attractive people are less likely to cooperate with others, and more likely to focus on their own interest, according to a new study

Spanish researchers had volunteers participate in “Prisoner’s Dilemma“-type games and found that those with the most symmetrical facial features generally took the selfish option, whereas less symmetrically-faced folks tended to cooperate for the greater good.

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Autotopsy on Florida Megachurch Pastor Zachery Tims Inconclusive

Investigations continue into the death of Zachery Tims, the Florida megachurch pastor who was found dead in a Times Square hotel room in New York on Friday night.

The 42-year-old Tims, who struggled with drug addiction as a youth, had a small envelope containing a white powder in his pocket, which has not yet been tested. Autopsy results thus far have been inconclusive.

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Police Recover $250,000 Rembrandt Drawing Stolen from California Hotel [VIDEO]

The Rembrandt drawing that was stolen over the weekend from an exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey Hotel in Southern California has been recovered from a San Fernando Valley church.

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Bomb Hoax Suspect to Face Extradition from US to Australia [VIDEO]

Australian authorities plan to seek the extradition of Paul Douglas Peters, who is accused of strapping a suspicious device around the neck of a Sydney teenager earlier this month.

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University of North Dakota to Drop Its Fighting Sioux Nickname

The “Fighting Sioux” will be all but gone by the end of the year.

That was the ultimate decision that University of North Dakota officials made, heeding the call of the NCAA which said the term is offensive to Native Americans. They will retire the nickname of its athletics program and implement a new name for the school early next year. After private meetings were held with leaders of the NCAA, and amid mounting pressure, the school opted to back down and accept a name change.

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What State Has the Most Politicians With College Degrees?

How can a state with so many smart people in charge have so many financial problems?

Nearly 90 percent of all legislators in California have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest percentage of any state legislature in the US. Of course, considering the well-known money issues plaguing the state, maybe it’s time voters elect someone who majored in economics.

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