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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

Thu, 2015-07-02 12:13

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:59

Photos released by the Islamist extremist group show a 2,000-year-old stone sculpture of a lion being smashed with sledgehammers.

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Don't Get Your Kids' Genes Sequenced Just To Keep Up

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:09

Just because you can get your children's genome sequenced doesn't mean it's going to do their health any good, a report finds. Most benefits from genetic medicine come from a tight focus.

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Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:03

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

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Former Senator Jim Webb Announces Run For Democratic Nomination

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:48

Webb, 69, represented Virginia for a single term beginning in 2007. He says the country "needs a fresh approach to solving problems."

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:33

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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Afghan Court Commutes Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:33

The four men were sentenced to death in May for their roles in the attack that killed a 28-year-old woman who was falsely accused of burning the Quran.

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Taiwan Airliner's Black Box Shows Pilot May Have Shut Off Wrong Engine

Thu, 2015-07-02 09:54

Pilots aboard flight GE235, which crashed shortly after takeoff in February, may have switched off their only operating engine moments before the disaster that killed 43 people.

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Was The Most Current Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

Thu, 2015-07-02 09:47

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the court's most recent session and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution.

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Bernie Sanders Just Drew A Huge Crowd. How Does It Measure Up?

Thu, 2015-07-02 09:28

Democratic candidate Sanders drew an estimated 10,000 supporters in Madison, Wis. Wednesday. But some campaigns are going small on purpose this season.

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Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

Thu, 2015-07-02 08:58

After a string of launch failures, NASA says astronauts have just four months of supplies left. A Russian rocket launching early Friday could provide relief.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Thu, 2015-07-02 08:45

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected on the promise of renegotiating the regimen of austerity imposed on Greece by its creditors. And Europe warned him they expected Greece to repay its debts.

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Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Thu, 2015-07-02 08:09

Sports can burn a lot of energy. But vacuuming the carpet burns calories, too. The question is, how much? We checked out the numbers and found surprises.

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In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

Thu, 2015-07-02 07:17

Employers added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. But wage growth was flat, and the drop in the unemployment rate had a lot to do with people leaving the workforce.

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Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

Thu, 2015-07-02 06:27

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a screening colonoscopy without any out-of-pocket costs for the test itself. But there can be surprising costs for consumers anyway.

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BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 2015-07-02 06:22

The oil giant BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement with Gulf states and the federal government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — the worst in U.S. history.

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U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

Thu, 2015-07-02 06:18

Swiss prosecutors said the requests were delivered Wednesday evening. The FIFA officials were arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

Thu, 2015-07-02 06:01

The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

Thu, 2015-07-02 05:02

The economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, including 223,000 in June, but the Labor Department report for last month shows more people are also leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

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Washington Navy Yard On Lockdown Following Reports Of An 'Active Shooter'

Thu, 2015-07-02 04:11

The Washington Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., was the site of a September, 2013, shooting in which 12 people were killed and three injured.

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