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Actor Patrick Swayze Dead at 57

Actor Patrick Swayze has died from cancer at the age of 57. Swayze is best known for his roles in Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Road House. The actor went public with his battle with pancreatic cancer in March of 2008, Yahoo! News.

In one of the biggest upsets in U.S. Open history, Juan Martin del Potro defeated world’s number one player Roger Federer in five sets in the men’s championship game. Federer had won the tournament five years in a row and was going for his 16th major win. Del Potro, only 20-years-old and from Argentina, beat Rafael Nadal yesterday to advance to the finals, ESPN.

Agents on a joint terrorism task force raided residences in Queens today in a terror probe. Sources say there were no arrests and no explosives found, CBS News.

Hot Topic: Is Criticism of Obama Based on His Race?

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Body Found in Wall at Yale May Be Missing Student

Police say a body found in a wall at Yale University is likely that of missing graduate student Annie Le. The remains were found in the Amistad Building, the building Le was seen entering on Tuesday night before she disappeared. Le, 24, was supposed to be getting married today, CNN.

In U.S. Open news, Kim Clijsters defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 for the women’s championship title. Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 after a tirade last night that cost her the match against Clijsters.

For men’s semifinals, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal today 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, Nadael’s worst defeat in a major tournament. The world’s number one player Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5. Federer, who is going for his sixth straight U.S. Open title, and del Potro will play for the championship tomorrow, New York Times.

Hot Topic: Norman Borlaug, the Man Who Fed the World.

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Britain Issues Long Overdue Apology to Alan Turing

Alan Turing, the brilliant scientist who designed the machines that broke Enigma, the secret Nazi code used during World War II, has received an apology from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. After World War II, instead of receiving accolades for helping to win the war, Turing was persecuted for his homosexuality. He took his own life in 1954, BBC News.

Over 600 people have been arrested in riots in Kampala, Uganda. 14 people have died. Supporters of King Ronald Mutebi II, the ruler of the Baganda tribe, have clashed with the country’s central government. The riots started when the government said it would not allow King Mutebi to travel to another part of the country that is under the control of a rival group, CNN.

The H1N1 virus is now said to have originated in a pig that was infected with two different strains of flu. A single pig was probably infected with a swine flu common in North American that is actually a combination of a swine flu, the avian flu, and the human flu. The same pig was likely also infected with a swine flu that is predominant in pigs from Europe and Asia. The strains then mutated into a flu that is deadly for humans, Chicago Tribune.

The MRSA superbug (multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has been found in the ocean and on public beaches in Puget Sound. The virus is also usually found in hospitals, spas, and healthclubs. The virus is extremely dangerous because it does not respond to typical antibiotics. It is especially deadly for people infected with the H1N1 flu, USA Today.  How to protect yourself against MRSA, LiveStrong. MRSA in schools, CDC.

In a bizarre ending, the defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams lost her semi-final match to Kim Clijsters after getting into a dispute with the line judge concerning a call. Williams had already gotten a code violation for throwing her tennis racket to the ground earlier, Boston Globe.

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