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Watch: A Meteor Breaks Up in Earth's Atmosphere -- VIDEO

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center recorded a meteor breaking up in Earth's atmosphere on Sept. 30 at 8:37 p.m. EDT. Watch below. 

Also, notice the star-like object moving slowly toward the upper middle of the screen. Orbiting 500 miles above Earth, it's the booster rocket that launched the Russian Cosmos 2219 intelligence satellite in 1992. The empty rocket body can get bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:40am

Group to Recommend Against Routine PSA Test

In a decision reminiscent of its highly controversial recommendation on mammograms, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force plans to advise that most men need not routinely get a common blood test to check for prostate cancer.

The PSA test leads to anxiety, unneeded and uncomfortable biopsies, and expensive and unnecessary treatment in too many men, the group says. The task force has no binding authority but its decisions are considered well-informed.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Leno: 'It's Possible That Less Than No One Thinks Congress is Doing a Good Job' -- VIDEO

Record-low approval ratings for Congress and the Federal Reserve chairman were fodder for late-night jokes on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday.

"Ben Bernanke told a Congressional committee this week that the economic recovery is close to faltering," Jay Leno said. "On the bright side, most Americans won't be affected because we had no idea there was a recovery."

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

September Unemployment Steady at 9.1 Percent as 103,000 Jobs Added

Unemployment held steady at 9.1 percent as the economy added 103,000 jobs in September, beating economists' expectations but remaining below the level economists say is needed to dent unemployment.

Economists had expected nonfarm payrolls to show 60,000 new jobs in September and the unemployment rate to remain at 9.1 percent.

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Perry Denies Slur on Rock Was Visible After 1984

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that a racial slur on a rock outside a hunting camp his family once leased was "painted over" in 1984, The Washington Post reported Friday. The Post reported last week that the slur had been visible as recently as 2008.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

On Romney's Heels, Huntsman Announces Foreign-Policy Speech

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman will lay out his “foreign-policy vision and priorities” on Monday in New Hampshire, he announced in a Politico editorial on Friday. Huntsman said that his foreign-policy stance will offer a “stark contrast” to the positions held by the rest of the Republican presidential field—and he specifically criticized the views of rival Mitt Romney.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

September Unemployment Steady at 9.1 Percent as 103,000 Jobs Added

Unemployment held steady at 9.1 percent as the economy added 103,000 jobs in September, beating economists’ expectations but remaining below the level economists say is needed to dent unemployment.

Economists had expected nonfarm payrolls to show 60,000 new jobs in September and the unemployment rate to remain at 9.1 percent.

But it takes about 125,000 new jobs per month to keep the unemployment rate steady. To bring the rate down a percentage point over a year, it would take around 200,000 additional jobs per month.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Berkley's Big Bucks

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Berkley nearly doubles up Heller's haul in Nevada, Romney gets set to deliver a major foreign policy speech, Scott Brown is on the defense after controversial comments, and Cain is happy to be a vice presidential nominee ... unless a certain Texas governor wins the nomination. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

Sens. McCain, Graham, Kirk, Rubio Call for U.S. Help to Care for Libyan Wounded

The four Republican senators who visited Libya last week said the “most meaningful support” Washington can provide the war-torn country is medical care for its wounded citizens after their months-long battle to overthrow Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:40am

McCain, Graham, Kirk, Rubio Call for U.S. Help to Care for Libyan Wounded

The four Republican senators who visited Libya last week said the “most meaningful support” Washington can provide the war-torn country is medical are for its wounded citizens after their months-long battle to overthrow Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:40am