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The Year 2005 to Have 'Leap Second' Added

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The Year 2005 to Have 'Leap Second' Added

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The Year 2005 to Have 'Leap Second' Added

The Year 2005 to Have 'Leap Second' Added

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The international body that keeps our clocks running on time has decreed that a leap second is needed. So 2005 will be one second longer than 2004. The second will be added just before midnight on New Year's Eve.

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