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Hurricane Irene: NASA Posts Dramatic Full-Earth View

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The good news? The U.S. National Hurricane Center has downgraded the storm from Category 3 to Category 2 with its winds slowing from 115 mph Thursday night to 105 mph on Friday morning when this picture was taken. The hurricane is moving toward the north at 14 mph. Let’s hope that weakening trend continues.

Check out this time-lapse from NASA:

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A California man is accused of taking two bites out of a python snake and has no recollection of it

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Californian accused of taking two bites out of a python snake and has no recollection of it. KOVR reports

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Tell Me What You DO Want

Tell Me What You DO WantFor many years, I've frequented a hot dog diner in Natick, MA called "Casey's Diner." I first discovered Casey's about six months after I moved into Natick (after a few unsuccessful attempts to find it). Casey's is the most non-descript, perfect place to get lunch. They serve a very limited menu -- specializing in hot dogs and hamburgers. On a given day, I'd estimate more than 50 percent of the crowd are

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Review: 'Kinect Sports Rivals' a moving experience

Review: 'Kinect Sports Rivals' a moving experienceLOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Xbox One was unveiled last year, Microsoft boasted the Xbox 360 successor would feature an updated — and mandatory — version of its camera-based Kinect sensor with more accurate movement tracking and voice detecting. Then, when the Xbox One was released last November, there were hardly any games that actually employed the new doodad.

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Fed could cut rates to combat joblessness: Kocherlakota

Fed could cut rates to combat joblessness: KocherlakotaBy Ann Saphir ROCHESTER, Minnesota (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should do more to boost both inflation and jobs, a top Fed official said on Tuesday, including possibly pushing its main interest rate even lower or cutting the rate it pays banks on excess reserves kept at the U.S. central bank. "The key is for us to be able to demonstrate in

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Senate passes jobless bill, but chances slimmer in House

Senate passes jobless bill, but chances slimmer in HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

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Are tougher sanctions against Russia to come?

Are tougher sanctions against Russia to come?WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or deter him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt.

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Kocherlakota says Fed intended no policy shift: WSJ

Kocherlakota says Fed intended no policy shift: WSJThe Federal Reserve was not trying to signal a more restrictive policy stance when earlier this week it dropped a set of guideposts it had used to help the public anticipate when it will finally start raising rates, a top Fed official said. Fed Chair Janet Yellen set off a swift drop in stocks and bonds on Wednesday when she suggested in a brief off-script moment at a press conference that an interest rate hike could come in little more than a

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