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Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old daughter. Dallas Wiens, 25, received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person in an operation paid for by the U.S. military, which wants to use what is learned to help soldiers with severe facial wounds. Wiens will not resemble “either what he used to be or the donor,” but something in between, said plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac). “The tissues are really molded on
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Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

  Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan’s radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to reconnect critical cooling systems. In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a nuclear safety official said. With water bubbling away, there is a risk that more radioactive steam could spew out. “We cannot leave this alone and we must take care of it as quickly as possible,” said the official, Hidehiko Nishiyama. It wasn’t clear if crews
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Republican Pawlenty takes election step

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on Monday became the first high-profile Republican to show serious intent to enter the presidential election race against President Barack Obama in 2012. Read the full story.
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Defense chief: Libya must decide Gaddafi fate

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday Libyans needed to determine leader Muammar Gaddafi’s fate for themselves and added the U.S. military’s lead in operations there would soon come to an end. Read the full story.
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Obama: Latin America key to U.S. economy, safety

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Latin America is growing in importance for the security and economy of the United States, but some regional leaders are clinging to “bankrupt ideologies,” President Barack Obama said during a visit to Chile on Monday. Read the full story.
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California Republicans harden anti-tax stance

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – After approving spending cuts in California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget plan last week, state lawmakers this week will try to tackle its most nettlesome proposal — a ballot measure that would ask voters to extend some temporary tax increases. Read the full story.
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