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Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

Mon, 2014-02-17 08:00

A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.

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Snowden's Leaks About NSA Lead To Awards For 4 Reporters

Mon, 2014-02-17 07:00

Journalists who broke the news in The Guardian and The Washington Post are among those receiving this year's George Polk Awards in Journalism. Without their work, the stories "would not have seen the light of day."

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U.N. Report Details North Korea's 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Mon, 2014-02-17 06:00

In blunt language that supports what the outside world has feared for decades, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says that "the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."

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What Honest Abe's Appetite Tells Us About His Life

Mon, 2014-02-17 05:05

Abraham Lincoln is known as one of America's greatest presidents. Turns out, he was also a cook who used to join his wife in the kitchen after work. In her new culinary biography of Lincoln, a food historian walks us through his life with stories — and recipes — of what he ate, cooked and served.

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Ethiopian Plane Hijacked To Geneva By Co-Pilot Seeking Asylum

Mon, 2014-02-17 02:00

An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Rome on Monday and flew it to Geneva, where he wanted to seek asylum, officials said.

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Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China?

Mon, 2014-02-17 02:00

Over the next two years, Hong Kong plans to burn 28 tons of ivory. Many conservationists hope destroying stockpiles will dampen demand in a country where many wealthy Chinese are buying ivory statues and carvings as investments. Others worry that it may have no effect at all.

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Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby

Mon, 2014-02-17 00:39

It's getting easier to cancel a health insurance policy if you get a new job or have other life changes. And new parents can buy coverage for the baby after he or she is born. But there are exceptions to many rules in the Affordable Care Act, so it's worth checking out how they affect you.

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A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

Mon, 2014-02-17 00:39

It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

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Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Mon, 2014-02-17 00:37

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.

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Kyrie Irving Selected AS MVP In NBA All-Star Game

Sun, 2014-02-16 23:05

The Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard was selected MVP after scoring 31 points, racking up 14 assists. He helped rally the Eastern Conference from an 18-point deficit in the second half of its 163-155 victory over the West.

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South Korean Tourists Killed In Bus Bombing In Egypt

Sun, 2014-02-16 22:54

An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people. The incident raises fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt's tourism industry.

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The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

Sun, 2014-02-16 16:00

This network of performance venues — nightclubs, bars, juke joints and theaters — formed during Jim Crow because black performers in the U.S. didn't have access to white-owned clubs. But what did chitlins have to do with it?

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Is It Really Safe? Testing West Virginia's Water

Sun, 2014-02-16 14:00

After the Jan. 9 chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River, more than 300,000 people lost access to clean, safe drinking water. Government authorities have said the water is now "usable" for all purposes including drinking, but many residents say they don't trust the water.

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Looking Back On Libya: 'We Were Naive' About The Challenges

Sun, 2014-02-16 13:26

The first fissures witnessed in 2011 have blown wide open, and the country has morphed into the Wild West. One activist who returned to Libya to support the revolution, says the dreams of a new Libya are at risk.

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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sun, 2014-02-16 12:58

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.

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Norwegian Mass Killer Demands 'Adult' Video Games In Prison

Sun, 2014-02-16 11:54

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who was convicted in the 2011 massacre of 77 people, says his prison conditions are nothing short of "torture."

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States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:37

When state legislators impose mandates on schools, educators get nervous. Sometimes, lawmakers want kids to learn legitimate skills; other times, they try to micromanage lessons down to the historical event.

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Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:17

Scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from, and they've underestimated the viruses' connection to horses. The dogma is that new viruses always incubate in wild migratory birds first, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.

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U.S. Men's Hockey Beats Slovenia, Securing Spot In Quarterfinals

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:15

The 5-1 victory at Sochi's Shayba Arena comes a day after the Americans defeated the Russians in a preliminary round.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sun, 2014-02-16 08:41

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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