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A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Thu, 2015-05-28 23:43

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.

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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

Thu, 2015-05-28 23:42

The Marines are conducting a yearlong experiment aimed at settling whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat. The goal is to create gender-neutral physical standards.

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It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

Thu, 2015-05-28 23:22

The Scripps National Spelling Bee had drama, excitement and a lot of really hard words.

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National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year

Thu, 2015-05-28 18:31

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar went back and forth so long the judges were running out of words. Told he needed one more correct spelling to forge a tie, Gokul needed nothing but the word.

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To Avoid Muhammad Ads, D.C. Subway System Forgoes Millions In Revenue

Thu, 2015-05-28 15:53

After activist Pamela Geller attempted to show ads depicting Muhammad in Washington trains and subway stations, the transit agency decided not to accept any issue-based ad for the rest of the year.

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Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

Thu, 2015-05-28 14:39

Cholera has been spreading in Haiti for over four years. But this year looks especially bleak. In the first four months, there were nearly four times the number of cases as in the same period in 2014.

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Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

Thu, 2015-05-28 14:10

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:54

The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.

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For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:49

Federal laws require states to keep lists of convicted sex offenders, including juveniles. But recently, the practice of registering minors has come under scrutiny.

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Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:44

Agriculture experts say the forests of West Virginia are perfect for cultivating mushrooms. They're urging more people to farm shiitakes to meet demand at specialty food stores and restaurants.

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:32

The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.

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Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:23

It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:18

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.

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Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Thu, 2015-05-28 12:57

A lot of bad nutrition science makes headlines. To teach his news colleagues a lesson, a science journalist conducted a flawed study, sent out press releases and watched who bit. Did he go too far?

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Drug Addiction, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Trail Issue

Thu, 2015-05-28 12:33

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents and New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary state, is suffering from a heroin epidemic. The candidates are hearing about it.

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What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

Thu, 2015-05-28 12:24

About a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo. Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos. For some people, problems linger for months.

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Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

Thu, 2015-05-28 12:06

France has one of the world's highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a "dumbing down."

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Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

Thu, 2015-05-28 11:35

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Thu, 2015-05-28 08:23

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.

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'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

Thu, 2015-05-28 08:18

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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