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All the world's gold came from collisions of dead stars, scientists say

All that glitters is not gold, they say. But all the gold in the world may come from astronomical events that send a lot of high-energy light out in space. Researchers have new evidence that gold comes from the collision of neutron stars.

The Lernstift smartpen checks your spelling as you write

Wher woud some of us bea withoot spell check? The sometimes annoying, but frankly indispensable computer aid has spared billions of typographical blushes.

Boy Scouts ban obese kids from program

Hiking! Zip-lining! Rock climbing! About 30,000 Boy Scouts and 7,000 adults are out in the mountains of southern West Virginia for the National Scouts Jamboree -- and they all had to meet a body mass index cut-off.

Policing advocates defend use of high-tech license plate readers

David Roberts remembers his days as a Denver police cadet in 1970: It was roll call, just like in the old TV dramas, and every cop was handed a "hot sheet" of vehicles totaling 10 pages, with license plate numbers printed in six columns. It was a

Texas man accused of pulling gun near White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A man suspected of pulling a pistol out of a holster near the White House on Tuesday told police "I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me," according to court documents. U.S.

Air Force will discharge sexual assault offenders

Airmen who commit sexual assaults will be discharged, and senior commanders must review actions taken on sexual assault cases under new Air Force initiatives that took effect recently.

Hippies stranded in SLC airport spread message of peace, love

Salt Lake City (KSTU) -- A couple of colorful hippies known nationally as Grandma and Grandpa Woodstock were barred from flying out of Salt Lake City for several hours on Tuesday. The couple had tickets on a Southwest flight scheduled to depart at

Latest Bob Dylan 'Bootleg': 'Self Portrait'

So far, the Bob Dylan "Bootleg" series from Columbia Records has included the famed "Albert Hall" concert, live material from the Rolling Thunder Revue, obscure studio material and unreleased demos. Now the label is going to put out more material

Indian principal on the run after 22 students die from school lunches

BIHAR, India (CNN) -- The headmistress of the Indian school where poisoned lunches killed 22 students is on the run.

Body of missing 6-year-old found in garbage can

Louisiana authorities said Tuesday they found the body of a missing 6-year-old girl, stabbed and stuffed in a trash can down the street from her home.