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An ingredient in curry may help stimulate immune system cells that gobble up the brain-clogging proteins that mark Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the University of California.

The Bush administration has said it "strongly opposes" key military pay and benefit gains placed in the fiscal 2008 defense bill.

Australia's prime minister announced plans to ban pornography and alcohol for Aborigines in northern areas and tighten control over their welfare benefits to fight child sex abuse among them.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Dylan is a St. Paul resident who posts on bad names for boy children, the Taste of Minnesota, and the Seven Wonders of Minnesota at A Place Called B.L.O.G.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose."

— Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, describing a recent fight between SNL alum Jon Lovitz and fellow comedian Andy Dick after Dick refused to apologize for telling Lovitz, "I put the 'Phil Hartman hex' on you—you're the next one to die."

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