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4:55pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Science

Giant Quake Reveals Japan's Other Unstable Faults

Geologists drop an acoustic transponder into the Pacific Ocean to measure movements on the seafloor.
Courtesy of Japan Coast Guard

The March 11 earthquake just off the coast of Japan surprised many experts. Geologists say they didn't expect that big a quake in that spot.

But they do fear that more big quakes may be in the offing in or near Japan. Scientists can't tell when, but they're trying to narrow down where.

The answers lie amidst the huge plates that make up the Earth's crust. Think of them as like floating ice sheets on a lake.

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4:42pm

Thu May 19, 2011
The Two-Way

In Posthumous Tape, Bin Laden Praises The Arab Spring

In a 12-minute tape Al-Qaida says was recorded a week before his death, a man al-Qaida says is Osama bin Laden praised the Arab Spring, saying change would "blow over the entire Muslim world."

Reuters reports:

Islamists have been conspicuously absent in the uprisings in the Middle East that have largely been led by ordinary citizens angered by autocratic rule, corruption and mismanaged economies.

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4:41pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Predicts 3 To 6 Major Atlantic Hurricanes

U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above-average Atlantic storm season.

No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall in five years, but the forecasters warned U.S. coastal residents that odds are they can't expect a sixth straight year without a major landfall on either the Atlantic or Gulf coast.

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4:10pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Big Pharma's Golden Age Leads To Generics Windfall

Chances are very good that the next prescription you fill will get you a generic medicine.

Three-quarters of prescriptions these days are filled with a generic. And the proportion keeps climbing.

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4:07pm

Thu May 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Bail Set At $1 Million For Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn

A judge in New York City just set bail at $1 million and ordered home detention for former International Monetary Fund Director Dominque Strauss-Kahn, who has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in Manhattan last weekend.

The Associated Press and Reuters say Strauss-Kahn has also been placed under round-the-clock detention, in the U.S., with electronic monitoring.

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