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China Sends 500 Million Users On An Internet Detour

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

For up to eight hours on Wednesday, some 500 million people in China could not get web pages to load. It was an outage of epic proportions, which immediately spawned chatter and headlines wondering what exactly happened. The working theory right now? Rather than blocking websites, as intended, Chinese Internet restrictions actually redirected users to those same sites. For more information on the outage, Melissa Block talks to New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.

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New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Jailed In North Korea: Five Americans Who Got Out

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:40

As Kenneth Bae pleads for release, here's a look how five other Americans detained in North Korea won freedom from the Kim clan's wardens. They include another missionary, journalists, a tourist and a businessman who went on to found a university in Pyongyang.

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Incarceration In North Korea: 5 Americans Who Got Out

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:40

As Kenneth Bae pleads for release, here's a look how five other Americans detained in North Korea won freedom from the Kim clan's wardens. They include another missionary, journalists, a tourist and a businessman who went on to found a university in Pyongyang.

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Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:31

Dogs can catch a strange type of cancer through sex. Now scientists have decoded the DNA of the tumor and found that the cancer cells are a living fossil of an ancient dog that lived thousands of years ago. This cancer doesn't affect people, but the findings may offer insights into how tumors fool the human immune system.

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South Sudan Signs Cease-Fire With Rebels

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:21

The agreement is aimed at ending five weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It is hoped the deal is a first step toward a broader peace agreement in the world's newest country.

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The Bit Of Sportsmanship That Led To Richard Sherman's Rant

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:02

A newly released video shows Richard Sherman was rebuffed by Michael Crabtree during the NFC Championship Game.

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Va. Gay Marriage Opponents Criticize Attorney General's Reversal

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:20

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Steve Inskeep speaks with Victoria Cobb of The Family Foundation about her group's opposition to the move.

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Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:20

The Ralph Lauren-designed uniform to be worn by U.S. athletes during next week's opening ceremony at Sochi has been described as "hideously ugly."

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How Will Medicare Pull Back The Curtain On Pay For Doctors?

Thu, 2014-01-23 10:48

After successful legal challenges, Medicare will soon begin to release data about how much it pays doctors. The details remain unknown, but three recent projects offer clues. Don't expect an app or website that will be easy for consumers to use.

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Rather Than Joking About Justin Bieber, Watch This Video

Thu, 2014-01-23 10:10

On a day when the pop star is in the news for being arrested, watch what CBS-TV's Craig Ferguson said about why some celebrities need help, not ridicule. An alcoholic himself, Ferguson made the case that "we shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable people," especially those who are very young.

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Turns Out The Ancient Greeks Were Quite The Grill Masters

Thu, 2014-01-23 09:32

For a long time, archaeologists weren't sure what to make of the cookware excavated at ancient Mycenaean ruins in Greece. That is, until one researcher built replicas of the vessels to try to cook just like the Mycenaeans did.

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FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist

Thu, 2014-01-23 08:38

In a series of predawn raids, agents arrested five alleged mobsters in connection with the decades-old robbery of $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels from a Lufthansa cargo building at JFK International airport.

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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Thu, 2014-01-23 08:05

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:55

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand-new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:55

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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Pentagon Relaxes Uniform Rules To Allow Religious Headgear

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:39

The new regulations would grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis for the wearing of turbans or yarmulkes, as well as beards or tattoos with religious significance.

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Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:14

It's a picture that's been swirling around the Web: side-by-side toilets in the men's room at one of the Winter Olympics sites in Russia. Should overly sensitive sorts just calm down? Or is this a symbol of an Olympics where much of the money has been figuratively flushed?

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DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

Thu, 2014-01-23 06:31

Justice says U.S. Investigations Services, the company that cleared both the NSA leaker and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, expedited hundreds of thousands of cases that weren't properly reviewed.

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Sales Of Existing Homes Hit 7-Year High In 2013

Thu, 2014-01-23 06:00

There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.

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