*Germany celebrates its 20th anniversary of being a unified nation once again.
*The White House has announced the impending installation of solar panels to help with its energy consumption.
*Upon his 79th birthday, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has decided to retire from public life.
*The town of Kolontar was evacuated while clean up, rescue, and containment efforts continue around the Ajka Alumina plant accident in Hungary. There are now environmental concerns about the Danube and Raba Rivers, along with the other affected areas.
THE NOBEL PRIZES...
*Robert Geoffrey Edwards of the United Kingdom has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine (and/or physiology) because of his role in developing what we know today as in vitro fertilization. The honor has caused one Vatican official to declare this "completely out of order", according to a BBC report.
*Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester share the Physics prize for their study of graphene.
*Author Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
*Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. However news coverage of this event was blocked in China, so how many people, including the honoree, are currently aware of this is unknown. Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu called the event a "desecration of the award" and that this might hurt relations between Norway and China.
*Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi, and Akira Suzuki share the Nobel prize for chemistry.
*A winner in the field of Economics has yet to be announced.
IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS...
*The MGM Studios hope to reorganize under the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy laws in America.
*Today would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.
*Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds, the first time this has been done in post season baseball since Don Drysdale pitched a perfect game in 1956.
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