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How can a company announce that it's eliminating 548 jobs and not have a lot of unhappy people on its hands? Answer: Those losing their positions have never depended on a paycheck because they aren't human. Reports say Friskies, the pet food subsidiary of Swiss giant Nestle SA, is closing its evaluation center in Britain. That means putting 331 cats and 217 dogs out of work. They'd had the task of sampling a continuing array of flavors and textures to help the company determine which are best suited for the market. Alas, the project will be conducted at a similar facility in France from now on.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Maxwell Allen Greco is only a little over a week old, so it probably will be several years before he goes out to buy a birthday card for mom or dad. But when the time comes, he'll never have to worry about forgetting the date. Why? Because every member of his Hoffman Estates, Ill., household was born on a Dec. 30.

Beatles' 'Revolver' judged best rock 'n' roll album

The Beatles came up big on a list of the 100 greatest albums compiled by TV music channel VH1. The group appears four times in the top 10. It also took the No. 11 slot for 1968's "The Beatles." The top choices on the list as determined by more than 500 journalists, music executives, and fellow artists:

1. The Beatles, "Revolver" 1966

2. Nirvana, "Nevermind" 1991

3. The Beach Boys, "Pet Sounds" 1966

4. Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On" 1971

5. Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Are You Experienced?" 1967

6. The Beatles, "Rubber Soul" 1965

7. Stevie Wonder, "Songs in the Key of Life" 1974

8. The Beatles, "Abbey Road" 1969

9. Bob Dylan, "Blonde on Blonde" 1966

10. The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 1967

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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