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原文:Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smashed his own world record in the 100 meters on Sunday night, running a blistering 9.58 at the World Championships in Berlin. That was .11 seconds faster than his previous record set in Beijing a year ago and in line with what some physicists had predicted Bolt could run if he kept racing for the entire 100 meters.

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原文: Just like in Aesop's fable, scientists find that crows can learn to drop pebbles in a pitcher to raise the height of water inside, in this case to bring a floating worm within reach. This suggests the tale might actually have been based on fact.

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原文: On Wednesday morning, millions of people in China witness a total solar eclipse that astronomers said would be the longest-lasting observed in that country since 1814. It will not be surpassed in duration until 2309, they said.

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原文: Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, who died Friday at the age of 92, was a nightly presence in American homes from 1962 to 1981, guiding viewers with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America.

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原文:A 17-year-old from southern California has won serious bragging rights: Late Thursday morning, Zac Sunderland can claim to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone after having completed the 45000km voyage in 13 months.

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原文:An unidentified hacker has exposed confidential corporate and personal information belonging to microblogging site Twitter and its employees after breaching electronic accounts belonging to several people close to the company.

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原文: A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed in northwestern Iran shortly after takeoff Wednesday, creating a huge smoldering crater. There were no survivors.

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原文: As "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" opens worldwide Wednesday, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, once again downplayed concerns that the film and book series promote magic and witchcraft and instead praised the new movie for promoting "friendship, altruism, loyalty and self-giving."

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原文: London Underground said more than half of its 11 tube lines were running at least a partial service Thursday, as the rail workers' strike brought chaos to travel in the British capital for a second day.

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原文: Jonathan Sanchez, an unlikely candidate, pitched the majors' first no-hitter this season last night, dominating the San Diego Padres with an array of pitches in the Giants' 8-0 victory in San Francisco.

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原文: A 27-year-old man from a town near Madrid was gored to death and several others injured on Friday during the annual running of the bulls, the centerpiece event of the San Fermin festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona. It is the event's first fatality in years.

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原文: Rapamycin, a drug known to suppress the immune system, increased the lifespan of laboratory mice by as much as 14%, according to U.S. researchers. "Rapamycin may extend lifespan by postponing death from cancer, by retarding mechanisms of aging, or both.”

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原文: Eleven members of Greenpeace pleaded not guilty to trespassing and misdemeanor charges after they were arrested for hanging a banner on Mount Rushmore Wednesday to protest global warming as the G-8 summit in Italy begins.

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原文: Michael Jackson's final appearance on stage may have been his most dramatic. His casket was solemnly presented Tuesday front and center at Staples Center as family members and celebrities celebrated the life of the King of Pop.

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原文: After winning at Wimbledon, Federer now has two missions: build on his record of Grand Slam titles to place it out of reach of any mortal man and reverse the recent course of his rivalry against Rafael Nadal, who won their past three Grand Slam meetings.

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原文: A 19-year-old man from south London became the fourth person in Britain to die of swine flu, according to health authorities in the capital. The man had been hospitalized with serious underlying health problems and succumbed after contracting the flu.

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原文: By 5:30 p.m. PT Friday, millions of fans had registered, hoping to be among the 8,750 people who will be randomly picked to attend the memorial service for singer Michael Jackson next week at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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原文: For the first time since it was closed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the observation deck in the crown of the Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on July 4. The statue itself was reopened in 2004, but until now, visitors have only been allowed into the pedestal at the base of the statue.

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原文: The High court in New Delhi has ruled for the first time that consensual gay sex is not a crime, signaling a historic breakthrough for the largely closet homosexual community in this deeply conservative country.

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原文: While still not as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's new and much improved Firefox 3.5 is off to a great start with approximately 4 million downloads within the first couple of days.

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