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  Coretta Scott King, 78January 31, 2006 16:00 Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. who took up his fight for racial equality after his assassination, has died. She was 78.

King died overnight, according to a statement from her family. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young made the announcement in a telephone interview this morning on NBC's "Today'' show, the Associated Press reported. King spent a month in Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta last year after suffering a stroke and a heart attack.

  7 Myths About The Challenger Shuttle DisasterJanuary 27, 2006 19:50 An insider's view... remembering the space shuttle Challenger.
  Arabs Jubilant At Hamas VictoryJanuary 26, 2006 20:44 Hamas appears to have won approximately 60% of the Palestinian vote, leading to majority control of the Palestinian government.

Jubilant Arabs welcomed Hamas' apparent win in Palestinian parliamentary elections and analysts said it could provide a boost for other Islamic militant groups.

"This is a victory to all the region's free people," said Ayyoub Muhanna, a 29-year-old Lebanese who owns a spare parts shop in the southeastern town of Rashaya. "The Palestinians gave their vote to the party that gave of its blood."

  Earth-like Planet Found 20 Thousand LY AwayJanuary 26, 2006 16:37 Taking a tip from Albert Einstein, scientists have found the smallest, most Earth-like planet yet using stars to boost the power of their telescopes.
The new planet is a ball of rock coated in frozen oceans roughly five times the size of Earth. It is more than 20 thousand light-years away, impossibly out of reach for foreseeable human travel. But the manner of its detection suggests the universe could be full of mid-sized terrestrial planets not too different from our own.

"We think these planets are a lot more common," said David Bennett, an astrophysicist at Notre Dame. "We're opening a new window."

"It says in a sense that they are the tip of the iceberg, that it's likely that there are many more rocky planets," said Princeton planetary scientist Scott Tremaine.


 
  Canada Set to Elect Right-ist GovernmentJanuary 23, 2006 00:00 Canada looks set to elect a new Right-facing government that will be more foil than buffer to George Bush south of the border. I guess they don't get it either.
  Mission to PlutoJanuary 19, 2006 00:00 An unmanned NASA spacecraft hurtled toward Pluto on Thursday on a 3-billion-mile journey to the solar system's last unexplored planet - a voyage so long that some of the scientists who will be celebrating its arrival are just taking their first physics class.
 
  Sharon Unlikely to Resume PM Post in IsraelJanuary 09, 2006 00:00 After a crippling stroke last week, Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is unlikely to resume the mantle of leadership. Sharon's vision of redefining the borders of Israel to appease her neighbors will likely be lost in the face of his poor health.