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Injuries finally force the seven-footer to call it quits
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Yao Ming Retires After Injury-Plagued Career

Oft-injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has informed the NBA he has retired after eight seasons in the league. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

The top pick in the 2002 draft was an eight-time all-star, despite averaging just 48 games in each of the last five seasons. Yao appeared in only five games during the 2010-11 season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg Nov. 10.

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See what famous folks were born on this day.
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Celebrity Birthdays for July 9

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Tom Hanks
Age: 55
Occupation: Actor, Producer, and Director
Known For: An incredibly long and decorated Hollywood résumé, including back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for the films 'Forrest Gump' and 'Philadelphia'

Jack White
Age: 36
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Producer
Known For: Being half of the rock duo known as the White Stripes, producing Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning 2004 album 'Van Lear Rose,' and recently throwing a divorce party with his soon-to-be ex-wife

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See what notable events happened on this day.
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This Day in History for July 9

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1850 – President Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the US, dies after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

1900 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom gives royal assent to an act uniting the six Australian colonies as the Commonwealth of Australia (More info)

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The ‘American Idol’ winner confirms he won’t be getting credits on this album, but hopes to do so in the future.
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Scotty McCreery Won’t Write Any Songs on Debut Album [VIDEO]

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Now that he's your latest 'American Idol,' life is pretty hectic for Scotty McCreery, what with his duties on the 'Idol' tour and sessions for his first album.

Things are moving so fast, in fact, that Scotty won't even have time to get any of his own material on his debut.

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The country star plans to put out a new disc after reuniting with Warner Music.
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Dwight Yoakam Plans New Album for 2012

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Dwight Yoakam has a new album coming out next year -- and it'll mark a return to his longtime home, Warner Music, after a decade spent recording for other labels.

"Dwight Yoakam is country music. His voice is immediately recognizable and his artistry is iconic," said label president John Esposito while announcing the signing. "When I heard his current music, I was blown away. I think that it is some of the best music he has ever done and I’m incredibly proud to have him back at Warner Bros. Records."

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The state says it would rather schools spend time teaching kids to be better typing on keyboards.
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Indiana Is No Longer Requiring Its Public Schools to Teach Cursive Writing

According to the Indiana Department of Education, cursive is becoming obsolete.

In a memo sent to school leaders in the state, <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/06/typing-beats-scribbling-indiana-schools-can-stop-teaching-cursive/?hpt=hp_c2">it was recommended that schools stop teaching cursive,</a> and instead use that time to make its students more proficient in keyboard use.

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Take a look at who was born on this day.
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Celebrity Birthdays for July 8

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Kevin Bacon
Age: 53
Occupation: Actor, Singer, and Songwriter
Known For: His star-making turn in 1984's 'Footloose,' his musical group The Bacon Brothers, and being separated from everyone in Hollywood by no more than six degrees

Toby Keith
Age: 50
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Selling millions of country albums, his song 'Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,' and a well-publicized feud with the Dixie Chicks

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