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The supercomputer doctor is in.

Watson, the sophisticated IBM Q-and-A computing system that is best-known for kicking 'Jeopardy' champion Ken Jennings' butt at the game show in February, has been assigned to help WellPoint health insurance company to treat patients beginning in 2012, IBM and WellPoint announced Monday.

Exact terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but WellPoint is paying "some up front and some over time" to use the technology, an IBM executive told The Wall Street Journal.

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During an interview with Joe Scarborough last November while promoting his book, Fed Up!, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was candid about his chances in California. Responding to a question about the success moderate GOP candidates have had in the state, Perry replied that it didn’t bother him because, after all, ‘I couldn’t get elected dog catcher in California.’

In another gem from the same interview, he also referred to ‘one of those little states up there’ after confusing Vermont and New Hampshire. Scarborough’s response? ‘What a Texan!’

Updated 2:39 p.m. ET, Monday Sept. 12

An explosion at a nuclear waste disposal site near French nuclear plant Marcoule, 18 miles northwest of Avignon, has killed at least one worker and injured four others, including one person seriously, World Nuclear News reports, citing French nuclear safety agency CSN.

The explosion happened at 11:45 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET) and was apparently caused by a fire near a furnace, the BBC reports.

It did not take place at the nuclear plant Marcoule but at a separate, closely adjacent site called Centraco, where low-level radioactive waste products are prepared for disposal, World Nuclear News notes.

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gave a former government spokesman the cabinet post responsible for the Fukushima nuclear crisis on Monday, acting to limit the damage to his new cabinet after the previous minister quit over gaffes.

The Democratic National Committee has a new TV ad up promoting President Obama's jobs bill.

The ad shows a clip from Obama's address to Congress last week: "The next election is 14 months away. And the people who sent us here -- the people who hired us to work for them -- they don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months."

On-screen text shows the address for a DNC website promoting the plan, and exhorts viewers: "Read it. Fight for it."

The ad will run in several targeted media markets in swing areas: Denver, Colorado; Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Las Vegas , Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; and Washington, DC.

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Bradlee Dean isn't just Minnesota's favorite anti-gay preacher -- he's also a concerned citizen. He's worried about the future of America, and so, he's decided to write President Obama a letter. And he apparently thinks the president might be interested in what he has to say.

In the rambling, three-page letter, Dean writes about his troubled past, his insecurities and the eventual path to his current faith. He writes about a "radical homosexual agenda" backed by the government. And while Dean didn't vote for Obama, he writes that he "rejoiced in heart" at Obama's election. But Dean's not impressed by the president's first term.

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After announcing a program aimed at cutting $5 billion from its annual expense by 2013 earlier today, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan announced that the bank was cutting 30,000 jobs, roughly 10% of its work force, ‘over the next few years.’ The statement was released after an appearance by Moynihan at a Barclays conference where the executive discussed plans for the overhaul but did not make any reference to job cuts. Instead, he focused on squeezing savings from merging legacy data centers, deposit systems and other assets the bank had acquired over the years.

While the statement did not provide specifics on where jobs may be cut, the bank did state that it ‘expects that attrition and the elimination of appropriate unfilled roles will be a significant part of the anticipated decrease in jobs.’ The news follows on the heels of similar announcements from other large banks. Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have also begun reductions in their work forces.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists and politicians accused the ruling military leaders of breaking a promise to end emergency law, after authorities said they would reintroduce special security courts following an attack on the Israeli embassy.