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A Peat Bog As Big As England, And A Rare Glimpse At Earth's History

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds has discovered a vast peatland in a remote part of the Republic of Congo. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tons of peat. Scientists say that investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.

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Finding The Fine Line Between Isolation And The 'Allure Of Normalcy'

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Robert Siegel speaks to Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense, about President Obama's commencement speech to West Point graduates.

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Force And Fear In The Air, As Syrian Refugees Go To Polls In Lebanon

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are already voting in an election that's seen as Bashar Assad's rigged bid for legitimacy. Many refugees believe that if they don't vote, they'll never be allowed back home.

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Report Finds Systemic Problems With VA Wait Lists

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

In a new report released Wednesday, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs says that the department has frequently manipulated records to hide medical care delays. Investigators focused their probe on a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

President Obama visited the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday, delivering a commencement speech to West Point cadets. He used the occasion to lay out a foreign policy vision based in pragmatism.

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Church Group Announces Boycott Of NPR Over 'Tell Me More' Cancellation

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:03

The National Black Church Initiative is calling for its members not to give money to NPR, telling the network it "has abandoned the African American community, and we must turn a deaf ear to you."

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Newtown Dad Posts Open Letter To Father Of UCSB Victim

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:48

Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, said he and Richard Martinez are now "part of a family born from horrible circumstance."

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SnapChat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:34

The CEO of the self-destructing messaging platform Snapchat says he's "mortified" his misogynistic fraternity emails were made public.

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55 Convicted In Public Trial In China's Northwest

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:09

The "sentencing rally," which occurred in a sports stadium before a crowd of 7,000, is reminiscent of the open-air trials of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and '70s.

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Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital

Wed, 2014-05-28 10:27

The inspector general's interim report said some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.

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Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:18

For a few hours Tuesday, cosmic storm chasers thought they'd detected a huge explosion in the Andromeda galaxy.

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American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:13

Children tend to become less physically active as they move into their teenage years. But less than half of those ages 12 to 15 are meeting even minimal standards for aerobic fitness, the CDC reports.

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Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:06

With 18 craft breweries, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer. Now the city is getting an infusion of new suds and cash as large, out-of-state breweries build facilities nearby.

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Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:55

The media blitz underway for Hillary Clinton's upcoming book is "as subtle as a bugle call," says NPR's Ron Elving.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:29

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:12

Soccer fan Stephen Hawking turns sports pundit and applies general logistic regression to England's odds in the World Cup. On penalty kicks: "England couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo."

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Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:33

Speaking at West Point, Obama suggested the nation's "long season of war" was drawing to a close. Although the U.S. will continue to lead, it will seek partners when not under direct military threat.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:06

The retailer has been in a spat with the publisher Hachette. Also: Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is writing an adaptation of Hamlet; Hillary Clinton released the "author's note" to her memoir.

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:41

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.

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Son Of Late Snake-Handling Pastor Is Bitten By Rattlesnake

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:37

Months after taking over for his father as the leader of a Pentecostal church, Cody Coots was bitten this week. His father, Jamie, died of a poisonous snake bite in February.

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