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Democrats won seven of 11 gubernatorial elections Tuesday, including in North Carolina, where Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue became the state's first female governor. In Washington State, Gov. Christine Gregoire easily won reelection in a rematch with GOP challenger Dino Rossi. In 2004, she prevailed by just 133 votes on a second recount in the closest governor's race in US history.

Google Inc. said Wednesday it is pulling out of a planned online advertising partnership with Yahoo Inc. in the face of a looming antitrust challenge by the government. Beleaguered Yahoo had counted on a deal that would permit Google to sell ads alongside search results on Yahoo's site to boost company revenues.

The Supreme Court briefly wrestled Tuesday with the first major broadcast indecency case to come before the justices in 30 years but gave no indications of where it's heading. At issue is whether even fleetingly uttered expletives are considered indecent.

An advancement in solar material is capable of harnessing 96.2 percent of sunlight that strikes it, a 30 percent improvement, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., said Monday. The scientists say a new type of reflective coating they've developed allows solar cells to soak up energy from the sun at nearly any angle. Currently, solar arrays must be mechanically reoriented throughout the day.

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