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Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

1 hour 31 min ago

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

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Big Shelves of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

2 hours 14 min ago

The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

2 hours 20 min ago

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

2 hours 26 min ago

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

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How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?

2 hours 46 min ago

We asked people on Facebook to share their stories about coping with the cost of cancer care. See what they told us. Also, test your knowledge of cancer costs with a quiz.

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A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

3 hours 44 min ago

One of the revolution's core promise was an egalitarian society. But as Cuba opens up, one of the unintended consequences may be more inequality.

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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

4 hours 8 min ago

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

4 hours 17 min ago

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.

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Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

4 hours 25 min ago

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.

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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

5 hours 50 sec ago

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

5 hours 18 min ago

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

5 hours 33 min ago

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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A Single Gene May Decide Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

5 hours 40 min ago

A single genetic mutation might decide who ends up in bed with the sniffles and who heads to the hospital, because it shuts down immune system molecules called interferons.

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How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

6 hours 3 min ago

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

6 hours 56 min ago

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

7 hours 19 min ago

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

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Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

7 hours 46 min ago

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

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Board Games That Bored Gamers

7 hours 58 min ago

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

8 hours 7 min ago

Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a "deliberate act" of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn't be the first time.

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

8 hours 23 min ago

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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