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Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

Thu, 2014-01-09 16:37

In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?

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A Newly Potholed Bridge Pops Up On Christie's Road To 2016

Thu, 2014-01-09 16:23

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found the George Washington Bridge in his way on the road to a potential 2016 presidential run. Right now, it's still an open question whether he'll get over it.

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Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:52

Pennsylvania is the fastest-growing state for natural gas production, but the development is cutting through swathes of previously unbroken forests. Some scientists say this could affect wildlife, which perform important functions like climate and insect control.

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White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:39

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of the first five groups to benefit from a new federal anti-poverty program called "Promise Zones," which also include communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and southeastern Kentucky. Tribal leaders hope the initiative will bring more opportunities to their impoverished rural community.

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Gates Memoir Could Prove Helpful To Hillary Clinton In 2016

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:17

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a hit in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But she also receives high praise, which could prove very helpful.

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Gates Memoir Could Prove Helpful To Hillary Clinton In 2016

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:17

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a hit in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But she also receives high praise, which could prove very helpful.

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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Offensive And Achingly Beautiful

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:02

The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died on Thursday at the age of 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.

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FBI Director 'Confused' By Reports Calling Snowden A Hero

Thu, 2014-01-09 14:00

"I see the government operating the way the founders intended," says FBI Director Jim Comey, who notes that branches of the U.S. government approved the bulk collection of U.S. phone records.

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Nuclear Missile Officers Reportedly Implicated In Drug Probe

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:50

The Associated Press reports that U.S. Air Force officers with nuclear launch authority are caught up in an illegal-narcotics investigation.

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Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:33

In a state where politicians have adamantly rejected the Affordable Care Act, the area around Atlanta has a growing number of health tech companies. Many are seeing business benefits from the law. Companies that once would have been a hard sell are seeing more sales and customers.

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Indian Diplomat At Center Of Row With U.S. Indicted, Leaves Country

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:07

Devyani Khobragade was accused of lying on a visa application about how much she paid her maid in New York. But her arrest sparked outrage in India and caused tensions with the U.S.

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It's Not Magic On The Mountain, It's A Rain-Making Machine

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:00

The snowpack in the Mountain West is at just a small fraction of its normal level, and it was the driest year ever recorded in many parts of California. Cloud seeders are trying to squeeze raindrops out of Mother Nature by spraying tiny silver iodide particles into incoming clouds.

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Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:00

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.

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Taking Responsibility But Dodging Blame, Christie Takes His Time

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:52

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held an epic-length news conference on Thursday. Taking questions for two hours was part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.

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Space Music: How To Hear Solar Flares From The Moon

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:50

Space weather can be heard, in a sense, by tuning in to CRaTER Radio, a "sonification" project that uses data from a NASA lunar orbiter to generate musical sounds. The results are then streamed onto the Internet.

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Hot Air Ballooning: Transcendent, Until You Break A Leg

Thu, 2014-01-09 12:46

Hot air balloon tours are popular with tourists and people looking for the thrill of a lifetime. But accidents can cause injuries and death, a study finds. Leg and ankle fractures were among the most common serious injuries. Most of the problems happen when balloons land badly.

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NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court

Thu, 2014-01-09 11:45

In the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, there have been calls for changes in oversight of the agency. The outgoing deputy director tells NPR that the NSA believes some of those suggestions can be implemented.

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Government Tech Problems: Blame The People Or The Process?

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:58

Contractors say blame bad project management inside government for multimillion-dollar tech failures like HealthCare.gov. Procurement reformists say it's not fair to "blame the client."

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Watson, IBM's 'Jeopardy!' Champ, Gets Its Own Business Division

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:49

Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011 can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.

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How To Make Your Face (Digitally) Unforgettable

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:20

MIT researchers found that there are certain components of memorability that are universal. And they're trying to figure out how to apply those attributes to any portrait, using subtle changes to facial features.

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