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  • How might Tucson shootings change America?

    Giffords 2It's been five days since a barrage of gunfire at a public event in Tucson, Ariz., left six people dead and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as well as 13 others.

    Since then, there has been argument over what caused the violence and how a repeat might be avoided. Do we need stricter gun control? More help for the mentally ill? Better security for lawmakers? A less heated political debate? All or none of the above?

    We've also seen plenty discussion of the political impact. Will Sarah Palin be hurt by the fallout? How, if at all, will President Obama's standing be affected?

    In short: How might the Tucson shootings change America?

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  • dv115004A Minnesota astronomer confirms what many have suspected: Your horoscope is quite possibly wrong.

    Earth's shifts on its axis over the past 3,000 years have changed the 12 zodiac signs. For example, think your sign is Aquarius? You may be a Pisces. (There's also a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, that's based on a constellation the ancient Babylonians threw out for symmetry thousands of years ago.)

    So who's to blame for this scam on zodiac devotees?

    The ancient Babylonians based the zodiac on which constellation the sun appeared to be in when a person was born. Since then, the moon's has exerted a gravitation pull on Earth, causing a "wobble" on its axis that has shifted the stars' alignment by about a month, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

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  • jfk assassinationThe assassination of President Kennedy took place nearly half a century ago. But this week, people on both sides of the debate over the causes of Saturday's deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz., have revisited the trauma of  John F. Kennedy's assassination -- and those on each side claim, not surprisingly, that it bolsters their interpretation of events.

    Some commentators -- mostly on the left -- argue that the atmosphere of Dallas in 1963, one of intense right-wing hatred toward the president, may have seeped into the mind-set of his killer. And so, they suggest, today's climate of political vitriol may indirectly have played a role in the Tucson shootings.

    But others -- mostly on the right -- draw the opposite conclusion from the Kennedy murder. They note that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn't a conservative, he was a pro-Castro leftist -- so Dallas's climate of right-wing hostility to Kennedy ultimately wasn't relevant. Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson shootings, also isn't a right-winger in any conventional sense, they say, so it's wrong to blame the attack on extreme right-wing political rhetoric.

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  • UPDATE 1-Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Phoenix Open scores

    Jan 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Phoenix Open at the par-71 course on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona 64 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 64 65 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 65 Daniel Berger (U.S.) 65 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 65 66 Robert Streb (U.S.) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 66 Martin Laird (Britain) 66 67 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 67 William McGirt (U.S.) 67 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 67 Angel Cabrera (Argentina) 67 Graham DeLaet (Canada) 67 Shawn Stefani (U.S.) 67 James Hahn (U.S.) 67 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 67 Michael Thompson (U.S.) 67 68 K.J. ...

  • Teen star Ko seizes lead in Florida
    Teen star Ko seizes lead in Florida

    Teen star Lydia Ko birdied five straight holes on the back nine to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the season-opening LPGA Tour's Coates Golf Championship. I just have to stay in that mood," Ko said. Ko, who finished 54 holes at 14-under 202, has five career LPGA Tour wins with three of those coming last year. Amy Yang equalled Ko's 65 and jumped into a share of fifth at nine-under.

  • Asian football boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report
    Asian football boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report

    Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries wanted Australia out. Australian newspapers splashed with the story, a day before the Socceroos take on South Korea in the Asian Cup final as they try to win the title for the first time. It's a false topic," the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president told the Herald Sun newspaper.

  • Open Era all-time women's Grand Slam winners
    Open Era all-time women's Grand Slam winners

    Melbourne (AFP) - The all-time Grand Slam Open-Era winners list after Serena Williams moved into clear second by beating Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday:

  • Second baby boy for Shakira and footballer Pique
    Second baby boy for Shakira and footballer Pique

    Colombian pop star Shakira has given birth to a baby boy, named Sasha, her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, the celebrity couple annnounced on Friday. "We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Pique Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Pique, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," they said in a statement. "The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior,'" they added.

  • Seahawks coach says Chancellor injury scare eased
    Seahawks coach says Chancellor injury scare eased

    Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday he expects key defender Kam Chancellor to be ready to play against New England in Sunday's Super Bowl despite a late injury scare. "He looked pretty good today," Carroll said after Chancellor took part in the team's "walk-through" practice. Chancellor and teammate Earl Thomas are perhaps the top safety duo in the league, and the versatile, hard-hitting Chancellor is coming off a regular season that saw him finish with 78 combined tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and six deflected passes. Chancellor was hurt on the penultimate play of the Seahawks' final full practice on Friday.

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