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As Consumer Tastes Shift, An Old Food Giant Gets A New Makeover

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:56

General Mills is one of the world's most successful food companies, with iconic brands like Green Giant. But fast-changing tastes are forcing it and other food firms to innovate to stay relevant.

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State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:17

The problem has had a wide impact, keeping farmworkers, Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes and foreign students from entering the U.S. The agency has 100 experts working on a fix.

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Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed By MLB Teams In July

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:04

Melissa Mayeux plays shortstop for two of France's national teams: the U-18 junior squad and the senior softball team. She's known as a smooth fielder who can also handle a bat.

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When Corrupt Chinese Officials Flee, The U.S. Is A Top Destination

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:36

The U.S. is appealing because of its high standard of living and lack of an extradition treaty with China. The U.S. is also reluctant to arrest suspects unless provided with solid information.

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In Baltimore, Rec Centers Provide So Much More Than Just Fun

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:29

Several dozen rec centers offer aftercare and summer camp for children in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods. But they also give the kids the family stability and structure that so many of them lack.

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Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:24

The fees will be used for park enhancements to make up for Federal budget cuts.

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Iraqi Soldiers, Generals Shift The Blame For Battlefield Defeats

Tue, 2015-06-23 12:07

A soldier blames poor leadership for the recent loss of Ramadi. A pair of generals blame everything from corruption to a lack of training and weapons. Will this ever be an effective fighting force?

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Across The South, A Push To Banish Confederate Flag From State Buildings

Tue, 2015-06-23 11:55

From South Carolina to Mississippi, there have been calls to remove the flag that many people call divisive. Businesses, too, are getting in on the act.

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The Mural That Made A Photographer Stop In His Tracks

Tue, 2015-06-23 11:13

When Pulitzer winner Patrick Farrell saw the painting on a Port-au-Prince wall, he waited for the right moment, then started snapping.

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Best Frenemies: Japan, Korea Mark 50th Anniversary Despite Rivalry

Tue, 2015-06-23 10:41

A half-century ago, Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic ties. But to celebrate, both are having to put aside longstanding bitterness that's never completely gone away.

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Senate Votes To Advance The White House Trade Agenda

Tue, 2015-06-23 09:41

The 60-37 vote clears away procedural hurdles for legislation that would allow the president to negotiate trade pacts and then put them on a so-called fast track through Congress.

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Solar-Powered Plane Is Primed To Leave Japan For Hawaii

Tue, 2015-06-23 09:31

The Solar Impulse, an aircraft that generates power solely from the sun's energy, will leave on a trip of some 115 hours between Nagoya, Japan, and Hawaii.

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Actor Dick Van Patten Dies At 86

Tue, 2015-06-23 09:24

The cause was complications from diabetes, his publicist said in a statement. Van Patten is perhaps best known for the role of Tom Bradford on ABC's Eight Is Enough.

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Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Tue, 2015-06-23 09:08

While the Obama administration maintains it will not negotiate with terrorists, it will allow families to negotiate on their own for release of their children taken hostage.

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NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:44

The view captured by the Dawn spacecraft this month "shows even more small spots in the crater than were previously visible," NASA says.

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Man Who Created The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:32

Donald Featherstone modeled the lawn ornament after images he saw in National Geographic. "Things I did made people happy, and that's what life is all about," he said in 2006.

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Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Intestinal Worms

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:25

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

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Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:23

If the Supreme Court finds health care subsidies unconstitutional, conservatives will boast a win over Obamacare. But Republicans face a challenge — many of their constituents are getting subsidies.

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Medical Marijuana Is Often Less Potent Than Advertised

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:05

The pot brownie you bought to help your sleeping disorder may have a lot less active ingredient than promised, a study finds. And a review of other studies finds scant evidence of medical benefits.

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In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:57

The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with issues of power and national identity.

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