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Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Tue, 2014-03-25 08:43

McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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Karl R. Thompson Tapped To Lead Key Justice Department Unit

Tue, 2014-03-25 07:51

Thompson has been named acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, which approves executive branch legal arguments on armed drones, surveillance and other national security issues.

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Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks

Tue, 2014-03-25 07:35

The Taliban claim responsibility for an attack at the election headquarters in Kabul and have warned Afghans not to vote in the April 5 ballot to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

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A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2

Tue, 2014-03-25 07:11

We asked people to send us their personal soundtracks — songs that are special to them — and to tell us why. The songs — and the stories — are surprisingly revealing.

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Sailor Fatally Shot Aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer At Va. Base

Tue, 2014-03-25 07:03

A sailor was shot and killed aboard a guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan before Navy security guards killed the suspect.

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How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

Tue, 2014-03-25 07:00

For those who viewed the end of the Soviet Union as a tragedy, Crimea was a chance to showcase Russia's strength. Now Russia may have changed its relationship with the outside world for years to come.

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Can Fear Of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking?

Tue, 2014-03-25 06:42

College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?

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Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline

Tue, 2014-03-25 06:36

A 19-year-old claimed on his parents' tax return as a dependent doesn't plan to buy health coverage. Forgoing insurance will trigger a penalty. Who will be on the hook for it?

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National Guard To Join Search In Washington State Mudslide

Tue, 2014-03-25 05:42

The number of dead stood at 14, while 176 people were still unaccounted for three days after the massive slide near Oso, Wash. But officials caution that the number of missing might go down.

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Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea

Tue, 2014-03-25 04:25

The president said there is no expectation that Russia would be "dislodged by force" from Crimea but that sanctions aimed at the Kremlin were already having an impact.

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Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

Tue, 2014-03-25 03:30

A YouTube video makes it look so easy: Nine swift strikes against a wall and voila! Your cabernet is ready for pouring. We weren't as successful. But we did figure out the physics behind the trick.

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White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

Tue, 2014-03-25 03:20

The planned overhaul of NSA procedures comes after President Obama said in January that he wanted to get the government out of the business of collecting Americans' phone records.

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Bad Weather Suspends Search For Flight 370 In Indian Ocean

Tue, 2014-03-25 02:54

Gale-force winds temporarily halted efforts to find the Malaysia Airlines jet as China demanded access to satellite data used to determine that the plane crashed off the Australian coast.

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Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

Tue, 2014-03-25 01:04

The free pizza coupons the company offered Bobtown, Pa., residents after a nearby natural gas well explosion killed a worker have been criticized as paltry, but some in the town don't feel that way.

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Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Tue, 2014-03-25 01:00

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.

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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

Mon, 2014-03-24 23:20

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.

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Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Mon, 2014-03-24 23:18

The craft store chain's conservative Christian owners object to the Affordable Care Act mandate to include coverage for birth control in company health insurance plans.

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Weather Stops Plane Hunt As China Demands Data

Mon, 2014-03-24 22:09

Planes and ships have been crisscrossing a remote area of the Indian Ocean 1,550 miles southwest of Australia. The search was called off because of waves up to 12 feet, high winds and heavy rain.

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Report: Obama Plans To End NSA Sweeps Of Phone Calls

Mon, 2014-03-24 19:41

The National Security Agency may be getting out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on people's phone calls.

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In Taiwan, Police Evict Protesters From Legislature

Mon, 2014-03-24 15:16

Authorities said they arrested 58 people and 137 were injured. Students were protesting over a controversial trade deal with China.

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