David Tennant announces exit from Doctor Who

Thursday, October 30, 2008 Actor David Tennant made an announcement Wednesday at the National Television Awards in the United Kingdom that he will end his time portraying the Tenth Doctor on the long-running BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who in 2009. The announcement came as part of Tennant’s speech accepting the outstanding drama performance award at the program. Tennant, 37, is currently portraying the lead in a production of Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company,Continue reading

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Over 30 killed in a Baghdad restaurant bombing

Thursday, November 10, 2005 A suicide bomber detonated himself in a crowded Baghdad restaurant Thursday morning at approximately 9:30 local time (0630 GMT). 35 were reportedly killed and 25 wounded in the blast. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The restaurant was frequented by US-backed Iraqi security forces, often the target of Sunni Arab rebels and Islamist Al-Qaeda groups. A police officer said that at least four Iraqi police patrols wereContinue reading

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Controversial cancer test gains support

Sunday, August 14, 2005 Some cancer specialists have stepped up calls for smokers and ex-smokers to undergo advanced screening for lung cancer . They reacted to the recent deaths of Peter Jennings and Barbara Bel Geddes and the disclosure that Dana Reeve has lung cancer by urging people to have their lungs screened with special helical CT chest scans. Because health insurance plans do not cover such screening, anxious patients who can afford it areContinue reading

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90 days of hard labor for Abu Ghraib dog handler

Friday, June 2, 2006 Convicted on the first of June by a military jury for participating in prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, former sergeant Santos Cardona, 32, a dog handler in the United States Army, was today sentenced to ninety days of hard labour and demoted to the rank of specialist. Cardona was charged and convicted on two counts: aggravated assault, for using a Belgian shepherd dog to threaten detainees with actions “likely to produceContinue reading

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HIV vaccine trial set to begin in South Africa

Friday, February 9, 2007 The first large-scale trial of a vaccine for HIV has been launched in South Africa. About 3,000 HIV-negative people will be administered the test vaccine MRKAd5 HIV-1 created by the pharmaceutical company Merck. The study will examine if the vaccine prevents infection or lowers HIV levels in those who do get infected. A parallel study will also be conducted in the United States and South America, to compare the vaccine’s effectivenessContinue reading

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Penske Auto selected to buy General Motors’ Saturn unit

Friday, June 5, 2009 General Motors Corporation (GM), an American automaker which has filed for bankruptcy protection, announced on Friday that the Penske Automotive Group (PAG) was selected to purchase Saturn Corporation. The transaction should be completed in October. The purchase includes rights to the Saturn brand, its five current models and its dealership network. Two models would be discontinued, the Sky and Astra. GM would continue building the Aura sedan, the SUV’s, Vue andContinue reading

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Canadian government tax processing computers back online

Thursday, March 15, 2007 The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that computer systems involved with the processing of tax returns for individuals are back online. Tax processing had been halted on March 6, 2007, due to a computer glitch. The source of the problem had been traced back to software maintenance performed on March 4. In an update on the CRA website, dated March 14, Michel Dorais, Commissioner of the Agency, stated that allContinue reading

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Dottie Rambo dies in tour bus crash

Monday, May 12, 2008 74-year-old American gospel singer and writer Joyce ‘Dottie’ Rambo died Sunday morning when her tour bus crashed into a highway embankment in southwestern Missouri. The wreck occurred two miles east of Mount Vernon, Missouri, along Interstate 44. Police say six other people were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries in Springfield. Dottie was headed for a Mother’s Day concert in North Richland Hills, Texas, when the accident occurred. “I know DottieContinue reading

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Beau Biden, son of US vice president, dies at 46

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 US Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer on Saturday. He was 46. After being diagnosed less than two years ago, Beau underwent treatment and was considered recovered, but was recently admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland due to return of the cancer. Biden released a statement through the White House. Noting the family was with Beau when he died, he said, “ItContinue reading

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