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Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

North Dakota's oil sector is booming, but agriculture remains the state's largest industry. And while many farmers and ranchers are profiting from the oil beneath the prairie, others complain that drilling is interfering with their business — and changing rural life as they know it.

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Weather Experts: It's 'Wrong' To Call Atlanta Storm Unexpected

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:48

Meteorologists are used to people faulting their weather predictions. But when Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's crippling winter storm "unexpected," he drew responses from several forecasters. One answer came from the head of the American Meteorological Society, who lives in the state.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Scientist To W.Va. Lawmakers: 'I'm Not Drinking The Water'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:29

An environmental scientist from Marshall University said water samples taken from a downtown Charleston restaurant had traces of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. "It's frightening, it really is frightening," he said.

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On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:21

What can't Pope Francis do? First he's Time's "Person of the Year," then he's a Rolling Stone cover story. Now, graffiti art in Rome is depicting the pontiff as a comic-book caped crusader. Even the Vatican approves.

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A Boarding Pass Design That's So Much Better Than What We Have

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:16

You're in a hurry and just want to make your connection. Unfortunately, your boarding pass doesn't make it easy to quickly see the information you need. A British designer has an answer.

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A Milk Mystery: Did Gloomy Weather Make Us Love The Stuff?

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:14

The latest twist in this evolutionary whodunnit has us questioning whether the lack of vitamin D from the sun played any role in our complicated, sometimes dangerous, love affair with milk. New DNA analysis of ancient farmers from sunny Spain suggests that this theory may have gone sour.

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Fed Will Continue To Taper Its Stimulus Program

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:12

The Federal Reserve said the economy continues to improve, so it is slowing its purchase of bonds by $10 billion a month.

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Spy Chief Says Classified Leaks 'Pose Critical Threat' To U.S.

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:51

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, listed "insider threats," alongside cyber attacks and terrorism. This marks the first time unauthorized disclosures are given such prominence in a threat assessment report.

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Brazil's Slaves Are Being Freed, But Owners Go Largely Unpunished

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:37

In the past 20 years, almost 50,000 enslaved Brazilian workers have been freed from some 2,000 worksites. But an estimated 200,000 remain trapped in slavery, due to deep-seated impunity: Slaveholders can pay hefty fines and civil damages, but criminal convictions and jail time are rare.

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How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:36

For Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward, the recent chemical spill — and sometimes confusing information authorities have provided about the risks to citizens — reflects longstanding regulatory failures in the state. He says West Virginia has "basically ignored" recommendations for stricter oversight.

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A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:20

Japanese scientists say they've figured out a fast, easy way to make the most powerful cells in the world: embryonic stem cells. The magic ingredient? Something akin to lemon juice. So far it's still unknown if the method would work with human cells or could be used for medical treatments.

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Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:08

The P1 that Ferdinand Porsche helped develop was an electric vehicle that could chug along at 22 mph. It was discovered in an Austrian warehouse and is going on display at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wed, 2014-01-29 09:51

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.

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Tycoon's Lesbian Daughter Rejects Multimillion-Dollar 'Marriage Bounty'

Wed, 2014-01-29 08:41

Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao initially offered $65 million to any man who married his daughter. Gigi Chao has since been flooded with marriage requests from eager men around the world. But in an open letter, she asks her father to accept her partner.

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House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

Wed, 2014-01-29 08:12

The $100 billion-a-year measure included cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved farm subsidies. The five-year bill now heads to the Senate.

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Oil Boom: See A Modern-Day Gold Rush In Motion

Wed, 2014-01-29 08:05

One of the nation's most remote places is now awash in oil money. In the heart of the boom, once-quiet farm towns are now wedged between semitrucks and dotted with "man camps." We sent a photographer to North Dakota to capture not just what it looks like but how it feels.

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Yoga May Help Overcome Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Wed, 2014-01-29 07:33

Cancer patients and survivors are told to exercise, but the disease and treatments can leave them with overwhelming fatigue. Yoga may be a gentle way to get moving, a study reports, with breast cancer survivors who did yoga saying they had less fatigue than women who did not.

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Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveal Royals Were Extreme Foodies

Wed, 2014-01-29 07:26

A rare collection of menus detailing the meals served to King George II and his queen contain plenty to offend our modern, squeamish sensibilities. But the manuscript, which sold at auction Wednesday, also reflects bigger shifts afoot in how food was sourced and prepared. The result? Tastier British cuisine.

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