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Kimiko Date is hanging up the racket. The first Japanese woman to reach the semis at Wimbledon (she lost this year to champ Steffi Graf) is retiring at the end of the year. "I think it's better to retire now because I am satisfied with what I have achieved in my tennis career," said Date, 26. Ranked seventh on the Women's Tennis Association tour, Date will play for the last time at the WTA Tour Championships in November.


Fun-loving, adventurous Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president, led a "me first" kind of life. We're not saying he was selfish -- what we mean is, he had some cool presidential firsts. He was the first to ride in a car, to ride in a submarine and to fly in a plane. He was also the first to win a Nobel Peace Prize. And he also began the construction of the Panama Canal.


A new study found it takes smoking just five cigarettes a day to affect kids' lung function, and teen-age girls are especially vulnerable. The study of more than 10,000 children was released in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that smoking slowed development of the lungs in both sexes, but the effects are worse for girls.


There's good news and bad news in 10-year-old Julie Mullins' life.

The good news? She has a small part in an upcoming movie with hot actor Steven Seagal.

The bad news? Recently, Julie lost all her toys in a house fire.

But wait! The brawny actor, who is known for coming to the rescue in his movies, has come to Julie's rescue, too. When he found out her toys were history, he bought her a basketball, Barbies and other toys.

And what did she do when she got his gifts?

"I gave him a hug. He's cute," said Julie.
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