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'One Small Step,' One Historic Footprint

40 years later, Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin describes famous 'leap for mankind' | INTERACTIVE |

Giant Alaskan Blob Mystery Solved

That big, oily black blob floating in the Arctic north of Alaska? Perfectly natural, say scientists.

Report: N.C. Inmates Looking to 'Smack Madoff Around'

Bernard Madoff's fellow inmates at a North Carolina federal prison — where the Ponzi schemer arrived last week — are reportedly discussing beating him up to boost their jailhouse reputations.

Ex-NFL Star Vick Released From Federal Custody

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick's federal dogfighting sentence has ended, freeing him to lobby for a return to the football field.

Airman Loses Legs in Botched Gallbladder Surgery

A Texas Airman stationed at an Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. has lost both legs after surgeons botched a routine surgery to remove his gallbladder.

U.S. Seeks to Overhaul Afghan Prisons

Development comes in response to concern over detainee abuse, belief Taliban is recruiting militants in prisons

RNC Chief Rips Health 'Cabal'

Michael Steele accuses Obama of 'risky experimentation' with health proposals, saying they will hurt the economy

Calif. Blaze Burns 2,000 Acres, Forces Evacuation

Authorities say a lightning-sparked wildfire in the Inyo National Forest near Bishop has surged to 2,000 acres and forced the evacuation of a small community and several campgrounds.

South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine

South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first AIDS vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease