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New requirements for cribs take effect

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's one of the biggest purchases for soon-to-be parents: a crib for baby. Beginning today, a new generation of cribs, designed to be safer, will be the only ones approved for sale -- in stores, online and even at neighborhood yard sales.

Ushering in one of the most significant changes in child safety in decades, the rule taking effect this week bans the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs. Drop-sides have a side rail that can be raised and lowered to allow parents to more easily place or lift a baby, but they have been blamed in the deaths of several dozen children.

New cribs on the market won't really look different other than the obvious absence of a movable side that drops down.

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Asteroid passes Earth within 7,600 miles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An asteroid the size of a tour bus streaked harmlessly past Earth on Monday, passing within 7,600 miles.

Discovered only last week, the relatively small space rock made a hairpin turn around the planet at about 1 p.m. EDT, sailing high over the southern Atlantic Ocean.

The asteroid, dubbed 2011 MD, was initially mistaken by astronomers for a piece of space junk because it was so small, at 15 to 60 feet wide. Later observations confirmed it was an asteroid that had no chance of hitting Earth. Asteroids of this size typically brush by Earth every six years.

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