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The message added: “We also want you to be smart and only use your novelty ID for buying beer in movies, we do not like criminals and do not think we are bad people, we just try to help the poor student have some fun. Again thank you for your support and understanding.”

The letter’s authors are the four senators from Illinois and Iowa, respectively: Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Richard J. Durbin, and Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin.


Flu vaccine gets green light for coming season

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the new flu vaccine for the season beginning this year.

Each year the FDA works with other federal agencies and global health experts to design a vaccine to protect against the three viral strains most likely to cause the flu. This year’s vaccine has one strain in common with last year’s vaccine, plus two new viral strains.

The vaccine will be manufactured by six companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Novartis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations. Flu-related deaths vary each year and can range from 3,000 to 49,000.

The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine.


Obama cheers ‘mind-boggling’ Curiosity mission to Mars

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — Hailing NASA’s “mind-boggling” Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Obama urged the scientists operating the craft Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extraterrestrials.

“If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away,” Mr. Obama told controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadenia, Calif. “I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, but I suspect that that will go to the top of the list. Even if they’re just microbes, it will be pretty exciting.”


Drought-stricken farmers sell goods to government

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