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Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

Wed, 2014-04-16 11:24

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

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Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Wed, 2014-04-16 10:52

Narcissistic and ill-prepared for the future? Or civic-minded and entrepreneurial? Two teams tackle stereotypes and realities about young Americans in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Wed, 2014-04-16 10:27

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.

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Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

Wed, 2014-04-16 10:12

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the state's ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy "invalid and unconstitutional."

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Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says

Wed, 2014-04-16 09:38

Prosecutors said it would disturb the families of those who died to know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could view those images. The judge ruled Tsarnaev has the right to see such evidence.

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Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:31

The number of missing is still unclear, but at last count, authorities said seven people remained unaccounted for from the March 22 mudslide near the community of Oso.

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Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:00

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Wed, 2014-04-16 07:34

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp — and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.

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Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria

Wed, 2014-04-16 06:48

The Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected. It is also being blamed for Monday's bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Nigeria's capital.

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Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed

Wed, 2014-04-16 06:44

The country's Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the prison's 2,400 inmates because of fears that Sunni insurgents might overrun the complex.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

Wed, 2014-04-16 05:30

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident

Wed, 2014-04-16 05:14

The two teens disappeared in 1971. Last year, their bodies were found in the Studebaker they were last seen in. Now, authorities say it appears they mistakenly drove into a creek.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Wed, 2014-04-16 05:01

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

Wed, 2014-04-16 03:55

As the government tries to assert control in the eastern part of the nation, there's word that some Ukrainian troops may now be on the side of locals who wish to join Russia.

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Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast

Wed, 2014-04-16 02:55

Most of the passengers, according to news reports, were high school students and teachers on a school trip. Of the nearly 500 people who were on board, nearly 300 were initially unaccounted for.

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A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

Tue, 2014-04-15 23:42

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.

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How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

Tue, 2014-04-15 23:41

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

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As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

Tue, 2014-04-15 23:40

A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.

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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Tue, 2014-04-15 23:39

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

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After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels

Tue, 2014-04-15 23:37

A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.

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