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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

Thu, 2015-03-26 14:40

An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thu, 2015-03-26 14:15

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

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Big Shelves of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Thu, 2015-03-26 13:32

The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Thu, 2015-03-26 13:26

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thu, 2015-03-26 13:20

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

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How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?

Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00

We asked people on Facebook to share their stories about coping with the cost of cancer care. See what they told us. Also, test your knowledge of cancer costs with a quiz.

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A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

Thu, 2015-03-26 12:02

One of the revolution's core promise was an egalitarian society. But as Cuba opens up, one of the unintended consequences may be more inequality.

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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Thu, 2015-03-26 11:38

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thu, 2015-03-26 11:29

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.

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Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

Thu, 2015-03-26 11:21

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.

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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:46

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:28

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:13

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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A Single Gene May Decide Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:06

A single genetic mutation might decide who ends up in bed with the sniffles and who heads to the hospital, because it shuts down immune system molecules called interferons.

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How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

Thu, 2015-03-26 09:43

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thu, 2015-03-26 08:50

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

Thu, 2015-03-26 08:27

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

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Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

Thu, 2015-03-26 08:00

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

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Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thu, 2015-03-26 07:48

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

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Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Thu, 2015-03-26 07:39

Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a "deliberate act" of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn't be the first time.

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