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America's Top Colleges 2011 on Shine. Williams CollegeBy Michael Noer, Forbes.com, 08.03.11, 12:00 PM EDT The best years of life are also among the most expensive.

America's Top Colleges 2011 on Shine

Choose with care. Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school "reputation" and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending. We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?

7,500 earthquakes shake resolve in NZealand city. CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — It's been 10 months since the first big earthquake struck New Zealand's second-largest city.

7,500 earthquakes shake resolve in NZealand city

It's been nearly five months since a far more devastating one killed 181 people and crippled the downtown. And it's been just a few hours since yet another aftershock startled Christchurch residents during the night. Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Obliterates Foreign Record. By Ray SubersJuly 19, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 outpaced even the most generous prognostications this weekend, setting a new weekend record with an incredible $314 million at the foreign box office.

Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Obliterates Foreign Record

That's 20 percent up on the previous record-holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and 32 percent up on Half-Blood Prince's series record. Including its stunning domestic take, Deathly Hallows Part 2 also eclipsed Half-Blood Prince to set the worldwide opening weekend record with an astronomical $483.2 million. That improved to $542.2 million through Monday ($18 million domestic plus $41 million overseas), and the movie set a new record by passing the half-billion dollar mark in just six days.

Weekend Report: 'Harry' Makes History. By Brandon GrayJuly 18, 2011 Working its final movie mojo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soared into the record books with the highest-grossing opening weekend ever.

Weekend Report: 'Harry' Makes History

The series finale drew $169.2 million on around 11,100 screens at 4,375 locations, dethroning The Dark Knight's $158.4 million. Deathly Hallows Part 2's first weekend flew past the previous franchise high of $125 million, posted by Deathly Hallows Part 1 last November, and it topped the franchise in terms of estimated attendance as well.

Google+ Reverses Social-Network Curse, Challenges Facebook. With technology, as in the rest of life, eternal verities have a funny way of turning out not to be so eternal after all.

Google+ Reverses Social-Network Curse, Challenges Facebook

For eons, everybody has known that Google is hopelessly inept when it comes to building social-networking services. Each one it has unveiled has seemed to confirm that truism, from Wave (shuttered 2½ months after opening to the public) to Buzz (still extant, but famous mostly for the uproar over its shoddy privacy practices). Vatican opens archives for unprecedented exhibit. VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican will display 100 select documents from its Secret Archives at an unprecedented exhibit next year that includes previously unpublished papers from its World War II papacy.

Vatican opens archives for unprecedented exhibit

"Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed" opens in February at Rome's Capitoline Museums and marks the first time such precious documents, manuscripts and parchments have been allowed out of the Vatican vaults for view by the general public. The occasion is the archive's 400th anniversary. On view will be the acts of Galileo's trial for heresy as well as the letter from members of the British Parliament asking Pope Clement XII to annul the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon — one of the key events that led to England's break with the Roman Catholic Church.

'Cars 2' keeps Pixar in driver's seat with $68M (AP) Gallery: Shocking scenes from the Vancouver Game 7 riots - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog. Inside Rogers Arena on Wednesday night, there was champagne in the Boston Bruins' dressing room and sullen faces for everyone wearing a Vancouver Canucks sweater after the home team's Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.

Gallery: Shocking scenes from the Vancouver Game 7 riots - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog

In downtown Vancouver, it was anarchy. Seventeen years after another Game 7 riot in the city, what began as a few random fires and incidents of vandalism by spectators became utter chaos, with looters stealing from local stores and police trying to clear the streets. From QMI: Between 130 and 140 people were sent to hospital, including three people with stab wounds and two suffering trauma, while a number of others were treated in the courtyard of a downtown hospital for the effects of tear gas.Most people were treated for tear gas and pepper spray effects, lacerations, facial trauma, substance abuse and head injuries, Alyssa Polinsky, spokeswoman for B.C. Mavs beat the Heat to win NBA championship. Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS.

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Apparent Immunity Gene ‘Cures’ Bay Area Man Of AIDS

150,000 in Arkansas apply for scholarship aid. WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk. Cell phone use 'possibly carcinogenic' NEW: Experts say there are ways to minimize cell phone radiation It's in the same "hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroformUntil now, WHO has said no adverse health effects have been establishedThe cell phone industry maintains that there is no conclusive evidence of danger (CNN) -- Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk

Record-setting performances highlight a bizarre week on Mt. Everest. Mexican authorities find 513 illegal immigrants in 2 tractor-trailers. By the CNN Wire Staff May 18, 2011 8:35 a.m.

Mexican authorities find 513 illegal immigrants in 2 tractor-trailers

EDT. Djokovic switched to gluten-free diet, now he's unstoppable on court. Curious about what's fuelling Novak Djokovic's rocket ride to the verge of the top ranking in men's tennis? Well, it's not pasta. At least not the standard kind. Before the current season, Djokovic switched to a gluten-free diet and suddenly most forms of processed carbohydrates became off-limits to him. Just as suddenly, he grew into an unstoppable force on the tennis court. In January he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open, and this past Sunday he dropped Nadal again to win the Italian Open. Líderes: Articles: Octavio Viramontes - $15,000 winner of the NCLR-Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship. I was raised in an underprivileged town called Jalpa, Zacatecas, México. My dad, through a related program as the Bracero program, came to the United States to arduously work in order to provide for my family.

My family consists of one older brother, one younger brother, a twin, and my dear beloved parents. My environment didn’t present social, academic or career opportunities; however my brothers and I are blessed with priceless morals and values. Delano High senior earns prestigious $100,000 scholarship - Bakersfield.com.

Troy Polamalu gets his college degree - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog. Different NFL players are dealing with the lockout in different ways. While many are taking to different fields to get workouts in, a few are taking the first real offseasons they've had in decades to get a little finishing work done on their personal lives. Pittsburgh Steelers All-World safety Troy Polamalu(notes) is one of them; Polamalu returned to his alma mater of USC and completed his degree in history in time to take part in a ceremony with over 1,000 master's and undergraduate students on Friday.

Polamalu was drafted in 2003 after his senior season, but didn't have time to complete his degree before. The 30-year-old Polamalu posted his thoughts about the event on his website, www.troy43.com: I'm thrilled to announce that on this cool, sunny Friday morning I donned a cap and gown, walked across the stage in the beautiful Alumni Park at University of Southern California, and was handed my diploma.

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Superman Renounces His U.S. Citizenship in 900th Issue of Action Comics - FoxNews.com. Superman is no longer an American. In Action Comics’ new record-breaking 900th issue, the iconic super hero renounces his U.S citizenship following a clash with the federal government. The Man of Steel, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, has always been recognized as a devoted American warrior who constantly fought evil, but as of Thursday, he is no longer the country's own to claim.

"I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship," he says in a cell in the issue. Www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf. Sony issues warning after PlayStation Network attack - Video Games Blog Plugged In. Cnbc.com Six days after a security breach of its PlayStation Network, Sony said Tuesday that the incursion was much worse than expected and hackers had obtained personal information on 70 million subscribers.

The company, in a blog entry posted Tuesday afternoon, added it is still unsure if the intruder also obtained credit card data for members who have that on file with the service, which provides online functionality for the PlayStation 3. "Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID," wrote Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America. Kate Middleton Surpasses Lady Di as the Most-Mentioned Royal in the Media.

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