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    Lance Armstrong involved in doping ring

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the cyclist was involved in one of the most "sophisticated" doping rings in sports history. (Above, Lance Armstrong signs an autographs on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012) (AP/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

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    14-year-old Taliban victim undergoes surgery

    Doctors say that 14-year-old activist Malala Yousufzai's surgery went well. Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on her way back from school yesterday, in northern Pakistan's Swat Valley.

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    Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power-window switch — the latest, massive quality woes for Japan's top automaker. (AP/David Zalubowski)

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    Pussy Riot sentenced

    Three Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced today in Russian court today. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina received two years in jail, while Samutsevich received a suspended sentence. The sentencing comes after being arrested for staging an anti-Putin "punk prayer" inside a Russian church.

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    Two Americans win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Duke University biochemist Mardee Delahunty, left, greets Nobel Prize winner Robert Lefkowitz at the parking deck near Lefkowitz's office at Duke in Durham, N.C. Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka of Stanford University School of Medicine won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals like danger or the flavor of food. Such studies are key for developing better drugs. (AP//Ted Richardson)

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    Meningitis outbreak death toll rises by four

    This photo shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. (AP/Minnesota Department of Health)

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    Marines accidentally shoot Mexican Drug leader

    This photo released by Mexico's Navy on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 allegedly shows the body of Zeta drug cartel leader and founder Heriberto Lazcano while in the possession of Mexico's Medical Forensic Service (SEMEFO) in Sabinas, Mexico. Mexico's Navy says fingerprints confirm that cartel leader Lazcano, an army special forces deserter whose brutal paramilitary tactics helped define the devastating six-year war among Mexico's drug gangs and authorities, was killed Sunday in a firefight with marines in the northern state of Coahuila. (AP/Mexico Navy)

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Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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