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- President Obama indicated that he will attend the World Cup in South Africa next year. "Obama has said, 'If I can, I will come,' FIFA chief Sepp Blatter told the Associated Press. The soccer dad in chief has been known to cheer on the sidelines for his two daughters when they play soccer on the weekend. The U.S. team is on the very of qualifying for next year's World Cup by advancing to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup where they will play Spain on Wednesday.
- A neo-Nazi group adopted a half-mile stretch of highway in Missouri and now lawmakers are spearheading a movement to have the portion of road renamed for a rabbi who managed to escape the Nazis in World War II. The Adopt-A-Highway program cannot legally reject the group because of its beliefs. But the rabbi's daughter said she objects to lawmakers' plan to name the neo-Nazi's part of the road after her father, calling it "highly inappropriate and vulgar."
- Plants communicate in sophisticated ways using complex chemical signals to "talk" to one another about nearby threats and pollinators. A new study shows they are capable of more sophisticated communication than previously thought and sent out alerts when harmful bugs attack or when bees pollinate.
- A new study shows glaciers may vanish in a "geological instant." The research shows that large glaciers like the kind found in Greenland and Antarctica can rapidly shrink or retreat. It could serve as a model for how climate change could affect the giant ice sheets.
- Studios and theaters are clashing over who should have pay for 3-D glasses that are required to view some 50 films that will come out within the next two years. The glasses cost $1 per viewer and can tack on an additional $10 million to production costs. 20th Century Fox refused to buy glasses for its "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs." One theater chain threatened to show the film only in 2-D and the studio agreed to pay for the glasses.