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World Of Warcraft loses 1.1 million loyal subscribers

Activision Blizzard has disclosed the video game had 9.1 million paying users at the end of June. That is down from a high of more than 12 million two years ago.

Apollo 13 checklist sells for $380k

Commander James Lovell's famous checklist that helped steer the failed Apollo 13 mission home was snapped up for $388,375 at an auction in Texas.

Search on for 2 missing climbers on Mount Hood

Oregon, December 13 -- Battling nasty weather conditions, the salvage teams combing Mount Hood for three missing mountaineers recovered the body of one of the climbers after a day long search, but the other two are still untraced.

Nintendo gearing for 'New Super Mario Bros. Wii' launch

New York, November 15 -- After the well received launch of Modern Warfare 2, another game title is gearing up to emerge as the biggest hit across the gaming platform this holiday season.

5 Top 3-Digit Stocks

True penny stocks are a minefield, but small-cap copper beauties can be one way to easily double your money.

Americans more social online than last year

New York, June 4: Going by the latest report from market researcher Nielsen Online, there is a phenomenal increase in the amount of time spent by Americans on social networking.

US House, Senate approve 2010 budget outline

Washington, April 3 -- US lawmakers Thursday approved a $3.5-trillion budget outline for 2010 that closely mirrors President Barack Obama's priorities for the country.

The vote in the House of Representatives was 233-196, largely along party lines, and came after weeks of polarising debate that exposed deep differences between majority Democrats and opposition Republicans over how to resuscitate the US economy.

The Senate voted 55 to 43 on a slightly different version of the 2010 budget proposal, which will require lawmakers from both chambers to forge a compromise in the coming weeks.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid said that the "responsible" budget "will start cleaning up the mistakes of the past and make critical investments in our future".

Study: Mutation causes Crohn's disease

La Jolla, Calif. -- U.S. scientists from the Scripps Research Institute say they've linked a mouse gene mutation to an increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

The researchers said the link to the illness -- represented in humans as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- might lead to new and better treatments for the disease.

The scientists said humans have a gene that is very similar to the mouse gene, called Mbtps1, and in certain rare instances, mutations of that gene may contribute to IBD in humans.

"We are just beginning to get a sense of the complexity of inflammatory bowel disease as far as humans are concerned," said Dr. Bruce Beutler, chairman of the Scripps Research Department of Genetics, who led the project.

The study appears in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.