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Private company on track for launch to International Space Station

Private company preps for launch

A private U.S. company is on track to become the first commercial visitor to the International Space Station. NASA said Monday there's a good chance that Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, will make its April 30 date to launch a cargo ship from Cape Canaveral to the space station. More software testing is needed before a final "go" is given. Managers said they will meet again Monday to review everything.

Last lottery winner steps forward

The Illinois Lottery said Monday that the final winner of the record $656 million Mega Million jackpot has come forward and will be revealed Wednesday. The winner will be given a check for $218.6 million in the small town of Red Bud, where the ticket was purchased. The two other winning tickets already have been anonymously claimed in Maryland and Kansas, which allow winners to claim their prizes anonymously.

2 Nobel laureates to miss summit

Two Nobel Peace laureates scheduled to attend a summit in Chicago next week have canceled their appearances, organizers said Monday. Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who received the prize in 1976 for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, withdrew from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates after objecting to the State Department's association with it. Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist who won the prize in 2011 for her humanitarian work, said she has a scheduling conflict.

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Accidental deaths of youths 19 and younger in the United States in 2009, down 27 percent from 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Accidental poisoning deaths including prescription drug overdoses for that age group in 2009, up 80 percent from 2000

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