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French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked world leaders to join a "revolution" in the measurement of economic progress by dropping their obsession with gross domestic product and accounting for factors such as health care availability and leisure time. - His country, known for leisurely meals, long vacations and labor protections, could outshine more profit-focused economies if nations act on advice of a report by two Nobel economists. - The report, presented to Sarkozy on Monday, offers a raft of factors that governments should take into account when making policy, such as environmental sustainability. But it doesn't specifically suggest a new statistical index. - Despite the lack of detail, Sarkozy said France will change the way it measures progress. But any worldwide shift would require other nations to get on board, and some economists questioned whether rethinking GDP would work. - Still, Sarkozy will try to persuade other world leaders to adopt the proposals at the G-20 summit next week in Pittsburgh. - "A great revolution is waiting for us," Sarkozy said. "The crisis doesn't only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to."

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France Telecom is mobilizing all 20,000 of its managers to be on the lookout for signs of depression and suicidal tendencies among the company's ranks. On Friday, an employee threw herself out of her fourth-floor office window, becoming the 23rd employee to commit suicide since February 2008. The suicides come amid widespread layoffs and other cutbacks. Unions say some of the suicides are linked to working conditions.

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No more memorial for Spain's Franco

The basilica where Francisco Franco is buried has canceled the politically charged tradition of holding a memorial Mass to mark the anniversary of the Spanish dictator's death. The Mass at the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid was usually held around Nov. 20, the anniversary of Franco's death in 1975. A Mass will be held Nov. 3 in memory of all those who died in the 1936-39 Civil War that Franco's fascist forces won

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NYC: No smoking outside, either?

New York City's health commissioner says the next goal in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's antitobacco crusade is to ban smoking at city parks and beaches. New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities. The Parks Department is also in charge of 14 miles of beaches. Bloomberg faced a tough political battle when he banned smoking in restaurants and bars in 2002.

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123,189 items seized by TSA agents at the three metropolitan New York airports (Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy) so far this year. Including:

- 1 baby alligator

- 1 six-foot spear

- 1 chainsaw, fueled

- 1 kitchen sink

- 122 passengers were denied boarding because they were carrying ammunition or gunpowder

- 1 set of deer antlers