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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 2010

DUTCH CONTINUE ANTI-TERROR PROBE OF SUSPICIOUS TRAVELLERS Dutch investigators question two men arrested at Amsterdam’s airport after US authorities spot cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle and a box cutter inside a suitcase. (AP)

IRAQIS HAIL FORMAL END TO US COMBAT OPERATIONS, DOUBTS LINGER Iraq’s prime minister Maliki says country had won sovereignty, as U.S. troop numbers are cut to 50,000 in advance of Obama’s August 31 milestone. Six remaining U.S. military brigades will focus on training and advising Iraqi forces. (Reuters)

DRILLING BEGINS TO REACH CHILEAN MINERS Crews have begun boring a rescue shaft to reach the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks. (CNN article/video)

SOUTH KOREA OFFERS FLOOD AID TO NORTH IN RAPPROCHEMENT AFTER SINKING South Korea Red Cross makes first offer of aid to North Korea since South accused Pyongyang of sinking one of its warships in March. (BBC)

HERE COMES EARL: HURRICANE HEADING TOWARD NORTH CAROLINA Passing north of Puerto Rico, forecasters say season’s strongest hurricane will reach North Carolina coast by Thursday. (WeatherChannel)

BONUS: NEW ADVANCES TO KEEP PACKING MORE MEMORY IN SMALLER COMPUTERS US scientists say they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization of computer memory that has been the basis for the consumer electronics revolution. (NYT)

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