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  • Even In Florida Swing County, Minds Seem Made Up
    In Hillsborough County, the way people voted in 2008 — for or against President Obama — signals their perception of everything that's happened since and, usually, the way they intend to vote. In this swing county hit hard by the financial crisis, the rarest voter is a person who's changed his mind.
  • Jamaica's Bolt Retains Title As 'World's Fastest Man'
    As he did four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt won the men's 100-meter sprint. On Sunday, Bolt ran his second fastest time ever — an Olympic record — 9.63 seconds.
  • In Warhol's Memory, Soup Cans And Coke Bottles
    While the cemetery that houses the artist's grave is conventional, the grave site itself is anything but. Fans and admirers regularly leave colorful mementos on his tombstone outside of Pittsburgh, and a local artist and Warhol historian even holds graveside birthday parties for the late pop art con.
  • Chavela Vargas, Legendary Ranchera Singer, Dies
    She was a cultural icon across the Spanish-speaking world, with a voice that redefined notions of beauty and an attitude that brashly bent gender roles. Vargas died Sunday; she was 93.
  • An Anthropologist Walks Into A Bar And Asks, 'Why Is This Joke Funny?'
    Graduate student Robert Lynch is on a quest to deconstruct our built-in instinct for humor, and find out why making people laugh could be important to the way we've adapted to survive.
  • Southwest Airlines Rectifies Ticket Billing Error
    Refunds are arriving into the bank accounts of Southwest Airlines customers who were billed multiple times for promotional fares booked on Friday. In other business news, the Financial Times reports Wall Street banks are moving to prevent "redenomination risk."
  • Myanmar's Workers Exercise Rights To Organize
    Political and economic changes in Myanmar have fueled a wave of labor unrest in the country also known as Burma. Myanmar is in the very early stages of industrial development and has some of the lowest wages in the world. Wages are unlikely to reach levels seen elsewhere in the region anytime soon.
  • A Cup Of Death Wish Coffee Will Jolt You Awake
    Death Wish is the name of a coffee roaster in upstate New York. It claims to sell the strongest coffee in the world: 200 percent more caffeine than the typical coffee shop brew, according to the company's website.
  • NASA's Curiosity Lands On Red Planet
    The rolling NASA laboratory called Curiosity has begun its two-year mission on the Red Planet. The nuclear-powered robot pulled off a tricky touchdown in a Martian crater. There is a lot riding on this mission — not the least is the $2.5 billion price tag.
  • Missourians To Vote On Prayer Amendment
    When Missourians go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a number of candidates to compete in the November general election, they'll also be asked to decide on an amendment to the state's constitution. Amendment 2 is better known as the "right to pray" ballot measure.

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