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'God particle' not found despite rumor

Batavia, Ill. -- Media reports that an American particle physics lab has discovered the long-sought "God particle" have no factual basis, a lab official said.

A British newspaper reported Monday that the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., had discovered the elusive Higgs boson, the elemental particle that could explain why all matter has mass, the Batavia Sun reported Wednesday.

The United States' premier particle physics lab, Fermi has been searching for the Higgs for years, and hopes to discover it before the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland renders Fermilab's own Tevatron accelerator obsolete, the Sun said.