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To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

Mon, 2014-07-28 09:19

A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.

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With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Mon, 2014-07-28 08:41

The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.

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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Mon, 2014-07-28 08:19

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.

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Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B

Mon, 2014-07-28 06:52

The Permanent Court of Arbitration called Russia's seizure of the oil company "devious and calculated." The ruling, one of the largest such awards, adds to tensions between Moscow and the West.

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Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

Mon, 2014-07-28 06:26

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

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For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting

Mon, 2014-07-28 06:08

The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

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How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Mon, 2014-07-28 05:20

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna.

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Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

Mon, 2014-07-28 05:03

The crew — made up of Dutch and Australian experts — were headed toward the debris field when they heard explosions.

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Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

Mon, 2014-07-28 03:42

The package would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers unveiled the plan on Monday.

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Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Mon, 2014-07-28 02:55

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

Mon, 2014-07-28 01:54

Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

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Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza After Lull In Fighting

Mon, 2014-07-28 01:20

The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the conflict with Hamas at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Fierce fighting continued overnight in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border, and Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. claims that his country has been supporting pro-Russia fighters there.

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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:42

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:40

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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