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In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Thu, 2014-07-03 01:18

Senior Shiite Muslim clerics usually stay out of politics. But they've broken with tradition and issued a call to arms. Shiites are now volunteering — and dying — in the fight against Sunni Muslims.

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In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Thu, 2014-07-03 01:18

The Shiite Muslim clerics usually stay out of politics. But they've broken with tradition and issued a call to arms. Shiites are now volunteering — and dying — in the fight against Sunni Muslims.

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For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

Wed, 2014-07-02 23:14

There's a broad international consensus that radical militants in Iraq pose a serious threat. But that doesn't mean the U.S., Russia, Iran and others will act in a coordinated fashion.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Wed, 2014-07-02 23:09

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S.

Wed, 2014-07-02 23:08

It's called chikungunya. And it causes severe joint pain that can last for months. A quarter of a million people have caught the virus in the Caribbean. So how big a problem will it be stateside?

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

Wed, 2014-07-02 23:07

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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Japan's PM Says He Intends To Ease Sanctions Against North Korea

Wed, 2014-07-02 19:50

Shinzo Abe's announcement follows Pyongyang's decision to create a committee to investigate the abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and '80s. Japan will still abide by UN sanctions.

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How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

Wed, 2014-07-02 14:50

In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.

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Arthur Strengthens Into A Hurricane, Hatteras Island Orders Evacuation

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:48

The storm is expected to affect Fourth of July travel plans. It's still unclear, however, what kind of weather will be felt along the Eastern Seaboard.

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Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:37

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.

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Learning How To Be A Man, From Mom

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:34

Derek Williams' dad was around when he was growing up, but it was his mom, he says, who taught him what it takes to be a good man. When she died in 2009, he had to learn from both parents' examples.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:06

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:31

In the remote cluster of rocks in the North Sea, knitting is a deeply ingrained tradition that stretches back for centuries — and persists despite the money that oil and gas have brought to Shetland.

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In War's Looming Shadow, Gazans Hope Peace Will Hold

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:21

For more on the Palestinian reaction to recent tensions with Israel, Robert Siegel speaks with Mkhaimer Abu Sada, a political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza City.

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Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.

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Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has offered recommendations on how to reform one of the surveillance programs deployed by the National Security Agency. The privacy board found that the program, which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is constitutional and free of abuse, but it's still proposing reforms.

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Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Files detailing Nebraska's homesteading history have been digitized and are now available to the public. The milestone's part of a larger effort by the Homestead Digitization Project to put all homesteading documents from around the U.S. online. For more on the subject, Robert Siegel speaks with historian Blake Bell from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.

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Palestinian Teen's Death Dredges Fears Of Reciprocal Violence

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are as high as they have been in years, following the killings of three Israeli teens and the death of a young Palestinian.

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For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.

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Tensions Eddy In Murrieta After Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Migrants

Wed, 2014-07-02 12:06

The California city of Murrietta is embroiled in unrest, as anti-illegal immigration protesters have successfully blocked three buses transferring migrants from Texas to a local Border Patrol screening facility.

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