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- Cheap beers are helping to keep breweries afloat in difficult economic times. Brews such as Busch, Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon and other "economy brews" have seen a serious spike in sales. Sales fell 1.4 percent for "premium beers," which account for about half of the industry's sales include -- surprisingly enough -- Bud Light and Miller Lite.
- An exhibition showing dead bodies having sex has caused an uproar. The "Cycle of Life" exhibition that opens today in Berlin has drawn searing criticism from those who say the display disrespects the dead and is pornographic. Artist Gunther von Hagens said the work is meant to draw together two of the greatest taboos: sex and death.
- The Hubble Space Telescope is going to get a major overhaul so precise that it was described as "brain surgery" by one NASA astronaut. The 19-year-old telescope needs six new gyroscopes and a recharged battery. A makeover would render the telescope 90 times more powerful than when it was first launched.
- Blackwater's contract in Iraq expired today after the Iraqi government refused to renew the firm's license. The security provider came under fire because of a September 2007 shooting involving Blackwater security guards that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A new Virginia-based company will take over duties in Baghdad.