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Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Scientists announced Thursday that they have built a single-celled organism that has just 473 genes — likely close to the minimum number of genes necessary to sustain its life. The development, they say, could eventually lead to new manufacturing methods.<p>Around 1995, a few top geneticists set out …

Garry Shandling, inventive TV comedian, dead at 66

<b>(CNN) —</b> Garry Shandling, the comedian whose TV shows "The Larry Sanders Show" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" parodied talk shows and sitcoms with reflexive, absurdist comedy, has died. He was 66.<p>Shandling's publicist, Alan Nierob, told CNN that Shandling died of an apparent heart attack.<p>Los …

GOP lawmakers in Kansas race to pass school funding plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican supermajorities in the Kansas Legislature raced Thursday to approve a new plan to reshuffle education spending, hoping …

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Alex Rodriguez will retire when contract expires after 2017 season

Alex Rodriguez’s record-setting and embattled major league career, launched when he was an 18-year-old shortstop in 1994, will end with his retirement after the 2017 season, the New York Yankees slugger told ESPN New York on Wednesday.<p>Rodriguez, 40, will step away from the game after the final …