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Private 'Police' Force Quits Effort to Take Over Mont. Jail

An obscure California company run by an ex-convict with a history of fraud convictions is dropping its effort to take over a Montana jail — days after state officials launched an investigation and several key participants backed away from the p

Hadron Collider Physicist Suspected of Al Qaeda Link

A nuclear physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to the Algerian branch of Al Qaeda, another blow to a project plagued by glitches, shut down after a massive electrical failure a year ago.

CDC: 76 Children Dead From H1N1 as Cases Rise

Health officials said Friday that 76 children have died of swine flu, including 16 new reports in the past week — more evidence the new virus is unusually dangerous in kids.

Fat City: W. Va. Town Braces for TV Show Depiction

Weary of being stuck with what they call the false label of America's unhealthiest city, Huntington residents are offering a wary welcome to a celebrity TV chef who hopes to help them shape up.

Blind Driver Hits 200 mph, Aims for 500 mph

South African speed demon earns a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records

NASA Probe Hits Moon South Pole Looking for Water

Two NASA spacecraft are barreling toward the moon at twice the speed of a bullet, about to crash into a lunar crater in a search for ice.

Pakistan to Attack Militants After Bomb Kills 49

A homicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 49 people and pushing the country closer to an offensive against militants in their main stronghold along the Afghan border.

Mystery 'Police' Force Has Small Montana City on Edge

When two brand new, shiny black Mercedes SUVs bearing a 'Hardin Police Department' logo drove through the main thoroughfare of Hardin, Montana, last week, people took notice.

Letterman's Wife Demanded Public Apology

Letterman addressed his wife directly during the taping of this Monday's "Late Show," saying she had been "horribly hurt by my behavior" and stated that his affairs "are in the past"

China's Gender Gap to Leave 30 Million Men Without Wives

Because of China's one child policy to control its ever expanding population — now numbering 1.3 billion people — there has been a lopsided explosion of young boys. It's a cavernous gender gap that is unprecedented worldwide.