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Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Wed, 2015-05-20 08:53

Emails from informal advisor Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in Libya have been subpoenaed by a House committee. He's no stranger to controversy, but Clinton says he's just an old friend.

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Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Wed, 2015-05-20 08:52

Aficionados of fine weed describe the effects as if they're talking about vintage wine. But how to know which medicinal or recreational strain to choose? This field guide cuts through the haze.

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Big Banks Pay $5.6 Billion, Plead Guilty To Felonies Over Currency And Rate-Fixing

Wed, 2015-05-20 08:46

In one exchange, a broker told a trader, "mate yur getting bloody good at this libor game ... think of me when yur on yur yacht in monaco."

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U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Wed, 2015-05-20 08:05

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling

Wed, 2015-05-20 07:57

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration pointed questions about what is being done to investigate alleged fraud, waste and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans.

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'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Wed, 2015-05-20 07:15

Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.

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Black Rhino Is Killed By U.S. Hunter Who Won Controversial Auction

Wed, 2015-05-20 07:10

Corey Knowlton of Dallas won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing around 3,000 pounds.

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Oil Spill Off California Fouls 4 Miles Of Coastline

Wed, 2015-05-20 05:14

A pipeline rupture spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude about 20 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.

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Indonesia, Malaysia Agree To Take In Stranded Rohingyas

Wed, 2015-05-20 03:54

The "boat people," as they've been called, have been stranded at sea for weeks with little food or water. Indonesia and Malaysia say they will take them in temporarily.

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In Speech, Obama Will Cast Climate Change As 'Immediate Risk' To U.S. Security

Wed, 2015-05-20 02:36

President Obama is expected to discuss the dangers of climate change when he delivers the commencement address today at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday.

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In The Classroom And On the River, Modeling Success In Science

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:31

Meet Caroline Solomon, an associate professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:30

The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:29

Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.

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An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:27

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

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Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:25

Sex is a topic not often broached in a conservative Muslim country like Pakistan. Yet a cable TV program hosted by a male doctor has proved popular, particularly among 30-something women.

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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:25

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:24

Some firms use motion sensors and wireless tags to find out how people actually work. That can yield useful data, such as which free snacks tend to draw people into break rooms where they congregate.

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Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use

Tue, 2015-05-19 23:21

Native Americans have some of the highest substance abuse rates compared to other ethnic groups. Alcohol and meth are the drugs of choice. Now, cartels are taking advantage of lax police enforcement.

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Earth's First Snake Likely Evolved On Land, Not In Water

Tue, 2015-05-19 16:03

Genetic sleuthing and comparisons of recently discovered fossils with living snakes point to a "protosnake" ancestor that likely had tiny hind legs and lived about 120 million years ago.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Hospitalized

Tue, 2015-05-19 15:26

The former Delaware attorney general is being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. In 2013, he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a brain lesion.

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