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Americans Elect Poodle as Obama's Top Dog

Now that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has chosen hisrunning mate, it's time for him to concentrate on another important selection:family dog. The American Kennel Club has announced that the public has electeda Poodle as their breed of choice for the Obama family. The A-K-C launched itspoll to find a breed for Obama after reports that -- win or lose -- the Obamaspromised their two daughters a dog after the presidential election. More than42-thousand people cast their vote over the seven-week campaign. The Poodleclinched the nomination after the breed battled it out with the Soft CoatedWheaten Terrier in a race almost as tight as Clinton and Obama's run for theDemocratic nomination for president. The Poodle won by a (dog) hair, with justa few hundred votes separating the top two contenders.

World Rabies Day Reminder - Vaccinate Pets

World Rabies Day is just a year old -- the inaugural event was held lastSeptember -- but in just a year it has touched the lives of people in over 180countries. Its message is simple; prevent rabies in humans. This year WRD isSeptember 28. Rabies is still a major threat worldwide. It kills over 55-thousand people every year around the world and in the United States one totwo people die annually, reports the American Veterinary Medical Association.This year, U-S experts on rabies are warning that there is more reason to bevigilant than ever, because of a limited supply of rabies vaccines for humans.

Developing World 'Poorer Than We Thought,' Report Reveals

New data released by the World Bank estimates that the number of poorpeople around the world is far higher than originally estimated. The number ofpoor people in 2005 is now estimated at 1 point 4 billion, an increase of 500million from earlier estimates of 948 million. The World Bank report, "TheDeveloping World is Poorer Than We Thought, But No Less Successful in theFight against Poverty," recalculates poverty rates for the last 25 years. Itfinds that although the number of people living in poverty is higher underthis new measure, we have seen an overall, long-term decline in the number ofpeople living in poverty, from 1 point 9 billion in 1981 to 1 point 4 billion.The world has been making steady progress in reducing poverty since 1981 atabout one percent a year. At this rate, the world is on target to achieve thefirst Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people livingin poverty by 2015 from 1990 levels.

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