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- An Australian researcher claims swine flu was created in a lab by mistake. The new strain could have evolved in eggs that are used by drug makers for vaccines. The scientist making the claim said he reached his conclusion when analyzing the genetic blueprint of the H1N1 strain. He saw evidence that the virus evolved outside of swine populations, which prompted the World Health Organization to investigate the claim.
- A new exhibit on John Lennon includes a few memorabila items -- and the paper bag with the bloody clothes from the night he was gunned down. The bag was given to widow Yoko Ono by the medical examiner in December 1980. She then decided to put the items on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City.
- A growing number of pot plants are sprouting up in the nation's parks. Six national parks on the West Coast have reported "marijuana farms" hidden from view and planted by those who camp in the woods all summer. Some of the horticulture enthusists have put down irrigation hoses that stretch for a mile. The growers are primarily poor Mexicans under the control of drug cartels.
- Soldiers in Iraq were forced to ration water to as little as two or three liters each day because there wasn't enough to go around, according to a new report. Some commands were even forced to steal water from supplies kept at the Baghdad International Airport.
- Seven workers in California were hospitalized after the smell from a fridge full of rotten food overwhelmed them. A hazmat team was called to the AT&T building in San Jose after the noxious fumes were unleashed from the fridge, which was being cleaned out by an employee at the time.