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Democrat Parker Griffith switches to GOP

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

Pets: bigger environmental threat than an SUV?

PARIS (AFP) – Man's best friend could be one of the environment's worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle

Senate health care bill filled with perks

The most intriguing mystery of the Senate's health bill was on page 328 of the final package of amendments assembled by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., under a subject heading innocuously titled "infrastructure

Rest of AL East should just give up now

With the Yanks and Red Sox stockpiling arms, the rest of the AL East should just raise the white flag now.

Bengals, hundreds more mourn Henry at funeral

The Cincinnati Bengals and hundreds of others mourned Tuesday the sudden loss of receiver Chris Henry, who was killed when he fell out of a pickup truck bed during what police described as a domestic dispute.

Yanks deal Melky to Braves for ace Vazquez

The Yankees have traded Melky Cabrera to the Braves for righty starter and former Yankee Javier Vazquez

Kentucky routs Drexel to hit 2,000-win mark

Kentucky becomes the first team in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-win plateau.

Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of Year

Playing her best at the most important events, Serena Williams re-established herself as the top player in women's tennis in 2009 and was a landslide choice as Female Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press.

McKnight stays behind while USC goes to bowl

Tailback stays in L.A. to take care of paperwork while team goes to Bay Area.