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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Wed, 2015-05-20 23:40

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

Wed, 2015-05-20 23:38

In Washington state, a community coalition is bringing homeowners, businesses and government together to figure out how best to use what little money there is to protect the land from destruction.

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States Lack Accurate Statistics On Widespread Heroin Use

Wed, 2015-05-20 23:36

Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.

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Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars

Wed, 2015-05-20 23:35

The group says American professors are misinterpreting the country's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That's huge for China's Communist Party, which is deeply invested in history — and in who interprets it.

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Postman Who Gyrocoptered Onto Captiol Lawn Faces Two Felonies

Wed, 2015-05-20 16:39

Doug Hughes, who delivered letters decrying the role of big money in politics, is only accused of misdemeanors for breaching federal airspace; the felonies are lack of proper license and registration.

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Islamic State Takes Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra

Wed, 2015-05-20 15:33

The city is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites, and it gives the militant group access to gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

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Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever Found

Wed, 2015-05-20 15:13

How do you prove a rock was actively shaped and used as a tool more than 3 million years ago? Scientists found a kit of more than 140 artifacts in one spot, and say the tools' crafters were pre-human.

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For Israel, Soccer Becomes A Geopolitical Football

Wed, 2015-05-20 15:10

The head of FIFA visited Israel and the West Bank this week, where Palestinians are petitioning to expel Israel from soccer's governing body — and its biggest international tournaments.

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McMadness: Activists Pile On At McDonald's Shareholders Meeting

Wed, 2015-05-20 14:07

From workers calling for higher wages to teachers blasting McDonald's for marketing to kids in schools, a bevy of critics have descended upon the company's headquarters in Illinois this week.

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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

Wed, 2015-05-20 13:28

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily with antibiotics. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.

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Often The Butt Of Jokes, S.C.'s Giant Peach Is Ripe For Renovation

Wed, 2015-05-20 13:26

The South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned has gained national celebrity. But the peach's bright paint has soured over the years, so it's getting a makeover — to the chagrin of some.

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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:58

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.

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Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:56

Six months ago, President Obama announced executive actions that would protect millions of immigrants who are undocumented from deportation. But those actions are on hold pending a lawsuit.

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An Author Of Paper About Changing Minds On Gay Marriage Seeks Retraction

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:51

The paper, published in Science, suggested conversations could increase support for same-sex marriage. Researchers who tried to replicate the study say the data were not collected as described.

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Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:40

Stephanie Packer's debilitating illnesses have led her to consider assisted suicide. But she is opposed to a California bill that would legalize the option.

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Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:37

A coalition of more than 60 organizations says the university has adopted higher expectations for Asian applicants in order to limit enrollment of this minority group.

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Desperate Rohingya Granted Temporary Shelter. But What Next?

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:30

Malaysia and Indonesia will allow migrants stranded at sea to come ashore. But it's a one-year, one-off deal, with no signs the flow of the Muslim minority fleeing persecution in Myanmar will stop.

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David Letterman Is Set For Final Curtain Wednesday Night

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:48

"What this means now," the talk show host told a hushed audience as he announced his departure in December, "is that Paul and I can be married."

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I'd Like To Buy The Emerging World A Coke

Wed, 2015-05-20 11:16

The Mad Men finale featured the classic jingle: "I'd like to buy the world a Coke," sung by a globally diverse group. Today, the global market is more important than ever to Big Soda.

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Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win

Wed, 2015-05-20 10:22

Kentucky has one of the best-run health exchanges in the country, Kynect. It's led to the second-biggest drop in uninsured nationwide. But if a GOP primary result holds up, its days could be numbered.

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