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  • Officials Say Flu Pandemic Is Around The Corner
    The swine flu virus has spread to at least 20 countries. Experts are now worried that pigs may start to get infected by humans with the virus. Top health officials are expecting a flu pandemic.
  • Scientists Watch As Swine Flu Evolves
    If history is any indication, the new swine flu virus isn't going away anytime soon. The virus is not merely a case of gradual evolution. The big change scientists see with this strain is called a "shift."
  • An Old Scourge, Piracy, Is New Again
    The hijackers attacking shipping off the coast of Somalia are regarded as folk heroes by some of their countrymen — much like the buccaneers during colonial times in America.
  • College Mystery: Who Is The Secret Donor?
    More than a dozen colleges and universities have recently received the welcome surprise of millions of dollars in donations. But there is a small catch: The donor insists on complete anonymity, and the colleges have to promise not to try to find out his or her identity.
  • Home Alone: Is Your Tween Ready?
    There's no one-size-fits-all recommendation on the appropriate age to begin leaving adolescents home alone. But experts offer tips on how to help you and your tween make the transition.
  • Falling TVs: A Growing Threat For Young Kids
    The number of young children injured in furniture tip-overs increased significantly between 1990 and 2007. According to a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the increase is due in large part to the growing number of TVs perched on top of tables and dressers. Nearly 50 percent of the injuries involved televisions.
  • Future Uncertain For 'The Boston Globe'
    The New York Times Co. is in a standoff with workers at The Boston Globe. The Times Co. owns the Globe, and it's threatening to shut down the storied New England newspaper if it can't wrench $20 million in cuts from it.
  • Phoenix Home Sales Rising From The Recession?
    The Phoenix area has taken the housing downturn on the chin. The latest figures show that homes there have lost half of their value since the peak in 2006.
  • Foreign Buyers May Assist In Housing Recovery
    Gary Shilling, who owns an economic consulting and investment advisory firm and publishes Insight, a monthly report of economic forecasts and investment strategy, talks with Renee Montagne about possible signs of economic recovery.
  • Thieves Steal Town's Street Signs
    All the street signs in Winfield, Pa., disappeared last month. A township supervisor says thieves spent two days stealing every street sign in Winfield. It was a costly prank. The town had to spend about $400,000 replacing more than 40 signs.

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