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12:15pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Asia

China Fears U.S. Debt Default, But Has Few Options

As the U.S. teeters closer to the brink of debt default, the political stalemate is being watched closely by its biggest foreign creditor, China. At last count, Beijing owned almost $1.2 trillion of U.S. Treasury debt.

Chinese officials have been quietly expressing their concern, but Beijing's options are limited.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met senior Chinese official Dai Bingguo in Shenzhen on Monday, the mood was friendly. But behind the scenes, anxiety in China is rising as the minutes tick closer toward that Aug. 2 deadline.

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12:06pm

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Goldfish Survive New Zealand Earthquake And 134 Days Without Food

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Here's an incredible story of survival from New Zealand: Two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from Scoby Doo, survived the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand in February and then after authorities declared the area off limits, they were trapped in their office tank for 134 days without food or a working tank filter.

The AP reports:

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11:24am

Wed July 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

McDonald's Courts Mom Bloggers When Changing The Menu

McDonald's Facebook page on July 27.
Courtesy of McDonald's via Facebook

When McDonald's announced plans Tuesday to overhaul the Happy Meal — downsizing French fries and adding apples to to every kids' meal — the company's top brass used every communication trick they know to get the message out: Twitter, Facebook, and more. And they didn't just invite journalists to their webcast announcing the overhaul; they also invited select bloggers — namely, mom bloggers.

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11:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Connecticut Mountain Lion Likely Came From The Black Hills

A mountain lion hit and killed by a car in Milford, Conn., last month was a long way from home, most likely the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Biologists used DNA sampling and other physical evidence to link the 140-pound male cat to a journey of nearly 2,000 miles. The AP reports:

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11:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Africa

Famine Affects Millions In Horn Of Africa

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 am

A Somali refugee mother and child sit in their makeshift hut on the edge of the Hagadera refugee camp on July 24. The camp makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

The famine in Somalia is the first official famine declared by the United Nations since 1984, when nearly a million people died in Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan. Now, more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are desperately short on food, and the international community has pledged to respond.

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