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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Preservationists are struggling to renew the ancient Medina in Tunis — one of the oldest Arab Muslim cities and a warren of elegant doorways, fountains and faded palaces mansions.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Flu Vaccines Still Helpful Even When The Strain Is Different

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

The influenza season is under way and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn it may be particularly severe. We have an update on the flu and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Life Getting Tougher For Syrian Migrants, Refugees In Russia

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Even Syrians who made their way to Russia long before their country's civil war are finding life tougher since the war started, with employers exploiting their desperation for a safe home.

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A Battle To Wash Away A Fountain's Controversial Namesake

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

In Washington, D.C., a local commissioner is working to get Sen. Francis Newlands' name removed from a fountain. Newlands was an outspoken white supremacist who tried to repeal the 15th Amendment.

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When A Rebel Is Homesick, He Might Be Willing To Surrender

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

To help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michael Sharp sits among the banana trees and talks with the fierce fighters about memories of the past and dreams for their children.

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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and to help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.

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30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Twenty-one other bodies were pulled from the Java Sea near Borneo. The Airbus A320 crashed Saturday with 162 passengers and crew aboard.

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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.

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Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests' Accuracy

Fri, 2015-01-02 11:43

Doug Williams, one of the country's most vocal critics of the polygraph test, will go on trial in January. For decades, he has helped people "beat" the test by exploiting its shaky science.

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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

Fri, 2015-01-02 10:27

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

Fri, 2015-01-02 09:30

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

Fri, 2015-01-02 09:13

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Your Daily Distraction: The Internet Tries To Unravel A Football Fan Mystery

Fri, 2015-01-02 08:41

Video shows a young woman seemingly consoling a young man sitting next to her by running her hands through his hair. Then she realizes something. The Internet is now rife with speculation.

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Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

Fri, 2015-01-02 08:39

Kim Yo Jong, who is said to have recently assumed a key leadership role, has reportedly married the son of the secretary of the ruling party.

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Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes

Fri, 2015-01-02 08:25

James Cole says his decision to approve subpoenas for reporters' phone records, amid national security leaks, "was a very, very tough call. At the end of the day, I'd probably have to do it again."

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

Fri, 2015-01-02 07:23

It's a scene that reflects China's competing trends: Buddhist monks release fish into Shanghai's Huangpu River to "free" them. A few yards downstream, fishermen quickly scoop them up.

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Chinese Gamblers See Macau As Bad Bet Amid Corruption Crackdown

Fri, 2015-01-02 06:28

Gambling revenue in the former Portuguese territory has fallen for the first time in more than a decade as Chinese officials fear a conspicuous display of wealth.

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In Exercise Accident, Sen. Harry Reid Breaks Ribs, Bones In Face

Fri, 2015-01-02 06:25

Reid, a former boxer, is fine and "will return to Washington this weekend and will be in the office Tuesday," his office said.

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