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NCAA punishes Penn State Football with fine and four-year bowl ban

The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60m fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Syrian regime makes chemical warfare threat

The Syrian regime has threatened to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first-ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.

Aids still a threat, conference told

The end of the Aids epidemic is in sight, with scientific developments that will allow millions to be treated and prevent the spread of infection, but delegates at the International Aids Conference opening in Washington heard that poverty, gender inequality, homophobia and prejudice and funding shortages still put millions more at risk.

Hugo Chavez tells Venezuelans to drink juice not Coke

President Hugo Chávez has urged Venezuelans to drink fruit juice produced by a state-run company rather than Coca-Cola or Pepsi.

‘Not If, But When’: Bachmann’s Muslim Hunt Boosts Her Democratic Opponent

Seemingly every cycle, a new Democratic challenger to Rep. Michele Bachmann gains just enough traction to prompt stories about whether the congresswoman will finally face a significant re-election threat. He or she inevitably falls short. But now that even Republicans are backing away from the firebrand tea party favorite in light of her recent crusade against a popular aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bachmann’s Democratic challenger says his campaign has gotten a huge surge of momentum.

Cargill Warns Of Salmonella-Tainted Ground Beef In Latest Recall

If you think you’ve been hearing more about product recalls lately, you have. But if “recall fatigue” is setting in, you need to shake it off for this one: Cargill Beef Solutions is announcing a recall of about 30,000 pounds of fresh ground beef from a Pennsylvania plant because of possible contamination withSalmonella Enteritidis.

Obama, Romney Court Veterans Ahead Of Romney’s Foreign Trip

President Obama and Mitt Romney this week will be courting military veterans and raising more money. Romney also will be taking his campaign overseas.

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