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Miami -- The Miami-Dade Health Department told swimmers to stay out of the water at 12 Miami-area beaches this week because of high levels of bacteria.
Health officials said water samples are analyzed weekly for fecal coliform and enterococci that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and may cause human disease, infections or illness.
Fecal pollution may come from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage, the agency said Wednesday in a release.
Two consecutive samples taken at each of the 12 beaches exceeded the state's recommended standard for fecal coliform of 400 colony-forming units per 100 ml of marine water.
The no-swim advisories were issued at Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach Pier Park, Oleta Park-Swimming Area, Haulover Beach Park, 93rd Street in Surfside, 74th Street Beach, 53rd Street Beach, 21st Street Beach, South Pointe Park, Hobie/Dog Beach, Crandon Park Beach and Matheson Hammock.
You've probably heard of the "January Effect," the phenomenon that seemingly causes stocks, particularly small caps, to surge in the first month of the year. In theory, investors and institutions sell securities in December for tax-harvesting reasons, then buy them back the following month, causing them to jump in price.
Cleveland -- Cliff Lee turned in a much-needed outstanding start Thursday in lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 victory over San Francisco.
The Indians had lost three in a row and six out of eight, but Lee (11-1) remained unbeaten in his last seven starts. He allowed a run on four hits over eight innings, striking out 11 in a game that was delayed by rain at the start for 90 minutes.
Lee has gone at least five innings in every start this year.
Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Cleveland scored three times in the third, with Jamey Carroll driving in one run with a triple and Jhonny Peralta's double bringing in two more. Carroll singled in the Indians' final run in the fourth.
The loss went to Matt Cain (4-6), who allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings. He had won two of his previous three starts.
Los Angeles -- Hollywood actor Verne Troyer, currently appearing in "The Love Guru," is suing TMZ for $20 million for airing clips of what he claims was a stolen sex tape.
TMZ said Troyer, who also played Mini Me in the "Austin Powers" flicks, has accused the company of violating his rights by publishing and airing on its Web site and television program portions of a sex tape Troyer made with a 22-year-old aspiring model.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and alleges TMZ violated the actor's rights to privacy and publicity, infringed upon his copyright and trademark and misappropriated his name and likeness.
Troyer is asking for damages and also requested an injunction prohibiting further dissemination of the video, TMZ said.
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We've all heard of the "death rattle," the last gasp from a lost soul's lungs. Sometimes, we seem to hear it from the companies in which we invest. Revenue dries up. Margins contract. Profits evaporate. All these signs suggest that their condition is worsening -- a financial death rattle, if you will.
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