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AN AILING FLEET- Top combat commanders at the Air Force say that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wearing out the service's fleet of airplanes faster than ever because of harsh terrains, USA Today reports.

Campaign 2008 - Whose In the Lead?

CAMPAIGN 2008 - Rudy Giuliani's tax returns show that he made at least six donations totaling $900 to the abortion rights group Planned Parenthood from 1993 to 1999, politico.com reports. News of the contributions could complicate Giuliani's efforts to appeal to conservatives in the GOP primaries.

VOTE 2008 - A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that Sen. Hillary Clinton is gaining favor with Democrats, leading over Barack Obama by 15 points. The poll also showed that Rudy Giuliani is leading 14 points over John McCain among Republican voters.

Health Developments

STATINS STUDY - A new medical study found that statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs used to help protect against heart disease, can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 50 percent.

From Solar Sails to a Favored City

SAILING BY THE SUN - A solar-powered catamaran will dock at a New York harbor after traveling seven thousand miles from Spain across the Atlantic. Piloted by five Swiss sailors, it's the first trans-Atlantic trip in a boat powered solely by the sun.

THE NATION'S BEST CITY - Gainesville, Florida, home to the University of Florida, is the best place to live in the country, according to a new book that rates cities in 10 categories, from the economy to the arts.

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