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Blood units are prepared for storage at the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's a grim reality for patients and families the struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders are thriving. (Associated Press)

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Dinka Ngok civilians needing medical assistance, some suffering from gunshot and machete wounds, who were internally displaced as a result of the recent Sudanese conflict, arrive in the town of Turalei after being airlifted from Abyei by U.N. helicopter. (Associated Press)

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Alexis Carter gets her hair colored at Piaf Salon. A bill to be reintroduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky would give the FDA more regulatory control over beauty products. Many salon workers favor the bill but not manufacturers. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Jared Lee Loughner will be sent back to a federal facility for up to four months to determine whether his mental health can improve. (Associated Press)

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issues a warning against slashing spending. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of a plan to overhaul government health care programs, would make a good presidential candidate. Mr. Ryan said he is not planning to run for president.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings but still dropped to 2-5 on the season after a 2-1 loss to the Orioles.

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Associated Press photographs A former Democrat, Jack Davis, is running as a tea party candidate in the race, complicating for Republicans what should be an easy seat to hold.

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Syrian army soldiers are seen reinforcing the village of Arida near Talkalakh opposite the Lebanon-Syria border, in Wadi Khaled, north Lebanon, on May 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and has never failed a drug test.

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**FILE** In this photo from October 1982, bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol are tested with a chemically treated paper that turns blue in the presence of cyanide, at the Illinois Department of Health in Chicago. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate candidate Tim Kaine, a Democrat, has been pressured by Republicans to release documents that could further explain his decision as governor of Virginia to transfer convicted murderer Jens Soering to German custody.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Newt Gingrich, as a declared Republican candidate for president, is advocating more research to find a cure for Alzeimer's disease. But his spending proposal to save taxpayer's money on medical costs in the long run apparently isn't what his conservative audience wants to hear.

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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY Matt Dolente 's .672 faceoff winning percentage for Johns Hopkins leads the country. He won 13 of 20 draws in the Blue Jays' 12-5 first-round victory over Hofstra on Saturday.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Scott P. Brown has been stung by a gaffe involving photos that he mistakenly said showed Osama bin Laden's body and rocked by a $1 million ad blitz attacking his environmental record. "There are some cracks showing now," said John Walsh, Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman.

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** FILE** In this July 11, 2009, file photo, actress Mary Tyler Moore attends Broadway Barks 11 in New York. A representative for Mary Tyler Moore says the veteran sitcom star is "recovering nicely" after surgery to remove a benign tumor on the lining of her brain. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS DIAGNOSIS: "Our plan was a state solution to a state problem," Mitt Romney said about Massachusetts' health care reform.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mitt Romney said that as president he would grant more power and flexibility to states by block-granting Medicaid payments and easing federal standards during an address Thursday at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Barbara Boxer leaves Capitol Hill on Thursday after speaking on the Senate floor about former Nevada Sen. John Ensign. Mr. Ensign made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, the panel said.