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Congress Will Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline, With An Eye On Louisiana

Thu, 2014-11-13 03:37

The two bills' sponsors — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — are heading toward a runoff election next month.

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Photo Shows Lander Sitting On Comet After Bounce-Landing

Thu, 2014-11-13 02:57

Before the Philae lander came to rest on the surface of a comet Wednesday, it bounced — twice. The lander weighs far less on the comet than it did on Earth.

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Russia And The West: Close Encounters Of The Cold War Kind

Wed, 2014-11-12 23:47

Russia and Western countries have had several close encounters in the air and at sea recently. Russia says these are just routine military exercises, but NATO and its Nordic partners are alarmed.

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Wed, 2014-11-12 23:46

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Wed, 2014-11-12 23:45

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.

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House, Senate To Vote On Keystone After Landrieu Calls For Vote

Wed, 2014-11-12 22:48

Legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life after Senate Democrats abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in Louisiana.

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Photos From Around The Snow-Covered Country This Week

Wed, 2014-11-12 21:49

The West and Midwest are digging out of heavy snowfall this week, reaching highs of 18 inches in some parts.

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After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

Wed, 2014-11-12 20:03

The federal government lost hundreds of millions of dollars when solar panel maker Solyndra and car company Fisker went bankrupt. Now the loan program has made up for early losses and is in the black.

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Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Stolen, Fake Artifacts

Wed, 2014-11-12 18:40

Bonhams Auction House sold several pre-Hispanic artifacts in New York on Tuesday. The Mexican government says half of them are fake, and the other half were stolen from Mexico.

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Baseball's Cy Young Awards Go To A Newcomer And A Repeat Winner

Wed, 2014-11-12 15:35

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw swept the voting for his third Cy Young, while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians narrowly won his first.

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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Wed, 2014-11-12 14:49

Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.

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Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

Wed, 2014-11-12 14:08

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

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Ebola In 3-D: A Video Game To Guide Health Care Workers Through A Ward

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:56

Oh no, I touched my face! Uh-oh, I sat on a bed. A hackathon is developing a video game to train doctors and nurses volunteering for Ebola duty in West Africa.

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After Ferguson, Police Body Cameras Catching On

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:45

The Columbia, Mo., police department gave its officers body cameras in July, saying they could help exonerate officers from claims of abuse of force. After Ferguson, the demand for cameras surged.

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Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:44

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has wanted to be Senate majority leader since grade school. Now, as he starts his sixth term in office, he'll finally get his wish.

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New Volkswagen Policy OKs Interactions With Unions At U.S. Factory

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:39

The automaker said the new would allow dialogue with groups, including unions. It comes months after the United Auto Workers lost a vote to represent workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., factory.

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Treasury Secretary: Boosting World Economy Requires 'Tough Decisions'

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:33

Robert Siegel talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew ahead of the G-20 summit in Australia. If Asia and Europe don't pick up some economic steam, Lew says, it could spell trouble for the U.S.

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The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:08

For toddlers, the risk is in taking a fall. Teenagers need to worry about car accidents, sports injuries and assault. Knowing how risks change can help prevent fatal or disabling brain injuries.

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As U.S. Leads Growth, It Wants Others To Step Up

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:01

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has a message for the leaders of other advanced economies: You have to shape up! The global economy is relying too heavily on just the United States for growth.

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What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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