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Chatter: What we're hearing

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Need to know: U.S. officials have suggested a Saudi bombmaker is the key suspect in last week's attempt to send two parcel bombs from Yemen to the U.S. on cargo planes.

Want to know: A South African pastor has sparked a fury with a sermon that Jesus had HIV. The pastor said Jesus repeatedly put himself in the position of the destitute, the sick and the marginalized, and he is quick to emphasize that he is using the metaphor to highlight the danger of HIV/AIDS.

Dull but important: Brazil elected its first female president. Dilma Rousseff, 62, served as energy minister and then chief of staff under Lula. She was born to a middle-class family, spent three years in prison for subversion and studied economics.

Just because: The great waves of plague that twice devastated Europe and changed the course of history had their origins in China, a team of medical geneticists reported, as did a third plague outbreak that struck less harmfully in the 19th century.

Wacky: They've previously tackled alien invasions, gang violence and how to raise a happy family, but now computer games are wrestling with a new issue: climate change. "Fate of the World" gives players the task of saving the world by cutting carbon emissions or damning it by letting soaring temperatures wreak havoc through floods, droughts and fires.

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