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Jackson remembered in Indiana hometown

Gary -- More than 30 of Michael Jackson's family members attended an honorary event to the late pop singer in his hometown of Gary, Ind., event organizers say.

The Gary (Ind.) Post Tribune said nearly 7,500 people were on hand Friday at Gary's U.S. Steel Yard to remember the famous music star who grew up in the Indiana city.

"Before Michael Jackson knew the Jackson 5, he knew a family. He knew Joe Jackson, knew Katherine," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said at the ceremony, referring to Jackson's father and mother.

Despite his worldwide fame, Jackson visited Gary on occasion and honored the city where he first began his musical career.

Blood thinner from Eli Lilly gets FDA nod

New York, July 11: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave a go ahead to Effient, the highly anticipated blood thinner from the Indiana based Eli Lilly &Company (NYSE: LLY) and Tokyo based Daiichi Sankyo Co. (TYO: 4568)

Home sales rise in Baltimore area

Baltimore -- Home sales in the Baltimore area rose 2 percent in June -- the first increase since January 2007, statistics released Friday showed.

Sales increased in every jurisdiction in the metro area except Baltimore City, where sales slipped 1 percent. But even city sales showed a big improvement over the month before, The Baltimore Sun reported Friday.

Housing prices continue to fall, the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems said.

A January 2007 increase of nearly 4 percent in home sales proved to be an anomaly, the report said. It came after a year of declines and was followed by even worse declines.

Tweeting from Buckingham Palace

London, July 11: The Royal family of Britain has expanded its kingdom online – they have signed on to the popular micro-blogging site Twitter.

MLB: Arizona 8, Florida 0

Phoenix -- Dan Haren cooled off Florida's bats by throwing a four-hitter Friday, and Felipe Lopez hit a three-run homer to bring Arizona an 8-0 win over the Marlins.

Haren (9-5) turned things around by recording the second shutout of his seven-year career. He retired the last nine men he faced and struck out nine.

Miguel Montero gave Arizona the only run it needed with a solo homer in the second, and Lopez delivered his three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning. Haren reached on an infield single and scored on the Lopez homer.

Ricky Nolasco (6-7) had won four straight decisions before giving up seven runs on nine hits in six innings. Florida had won its previous two games.

MLB: San Francisco 8, San Diego 0

San Francisco -- Jonathan Sanchez, pitching only because Randy Johnson could not, threw the first no-hitter of 2009 Friday in the San Francisco Giants' 8-0 win over San Diego.

Sanchez (3-8) spent the first three months of the season in the San Francisco rotation but was banished to the bullpen after losing four consecutive starts.
When Johnson went on the disabled list with shoulder problems this week, Sanchez got another chance at the starting role and took advantage of it in unexpected fashion.

Katie Price suffered miscarriage weeks before split from hubby

Chicago, July 11: Former British 'glamour model' Katie Price has revealed that she lost a baby just weeks before her marriage to singer Peter Andre broke down.

Weather could delay shuttle launch

Cape canaveral -- Bad weather in Florida could force NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour scheduled for Saturday, officials said.

Weather Officer Kathy Winters said thunderstorms were predicted for the area around the Kennedy Space Center. She said there was a 60 percent chance the launch, scheduled for 7:39 p.m., will have to be delayed.

Otherwise, NASA officials said everything was on track.

"Everybody is 'go' for launch; we have no major issues at all," said Mike Moses, chairman of the mission management team, after a final review Friday.

The STS-127 mission is scheduled to last 16 days.

Obesity may lead to severe complication in H1N1 infected patients

Atlanta, July 11: Obesity may predispose an individual infected with the H1N1 or swine flu virus to severe complications and even death, stated a report released on Friday.