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Earl is now Category 2 hurricane: Larger than the state of California, Hurricane Earl prepared to take a swipe at the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday as residents scrambled to ready themselves.
She drops 100 pounds, gains new world: I come from a small-ish town in Oklahoma where we've never met a vegetable we couldn't fry and the only things more super-sized than our portions are the huge church complexes that alternate with fast-food restaurants along our roads.
The universe, according to Stephen Hawking: God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.
All accounted for after Gulf platform: A fire on a well connected to an oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is out and there is no indication of an oil sheen, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Rapper T.I., wife arrested on drug charges: Lab tests on suspected illegal drugs taken from rapper T.I.'s car Wednesday night should be completed by Friday, police in Los Angeles, California said.