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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:24

Deaths from stroke are dropping too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet. Diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:10

In a case sent back by the Supreme Court last year, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the university's use of race as a factor in admissions is acceptable. Plaintiffs have vowed to appeal.

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A Peacock Murder Mystery: (Pea)Fowl Play In California

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:16

The boisterous birds are a familiar sight in an upscale community near LA, but in recent years they've become a source of conflict. Now, someone is killing them — 20 in the past six months alone.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:08

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:02

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are now members of the EU and NATO, but they have painful memories of the Soviet occupation. The Baltic states are asking for a bigger NATO presence in their countries.

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Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:52

Yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil is the key ingredient in a "paleo ale" from a Virginia brewery. Like many scientific innovations, the idea came about late one night over a pint.

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With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington, D.C., after meeting the Iranian foreign minister about nuclear negotiations. The deadline for a deal limiting Iran's nuclear program is Sunday, but it might be extended.

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A Brief Lull Shatters In Gaza, As Cease-Fire Falls Apart

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

An attempt at a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has broken down. Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire, and Israel renewed its campaign of air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

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Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill, delivering her semi-annual economic report to Congress. Yellen expressed concern that labor force participation remains weak and that there's been a lack of progress in the housing sector.

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A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Iraq chose a new speaker of its parliament today — a small step that the U.S. has been urging it to take toward ending the crisis there. But many say it's far from the overhaul that's needed.

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Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented Filipino immigrant, has been detained at a Border Patrol station.

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House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

House Republicans have resisted granting President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency immigration funds. Now, they're crafting a package of their own to respond to the crisis at the border.

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Bloated In Budget And Absent At Airshow, F-35 Charts A Troubled Course

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to be combat-ready next year. But the aircraft, which is already over-budget, failed to show up at the International Air Show in the UK. The show was to be its big overseas debut. Christopher Werth looks at what this means for the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

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California Rolls Out Statewide Restrictions On Water Use

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

California is set to impose mandatory water restrictions Tuesday. Urban water users will be prohibited from spraying down pavement, watering landscaping in a way that causes runoff and running fountains that do not re-circulate their water.

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How Congress Is Turning To A Finesse Of Wording In Highway Payments

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Lawmakers looking for ways to patch a hole in the Highway Trust Fund have zeroed in on a budget gimmick called "pension smoothing." Visitors outside the nation's capital say it has a nice ring to it — until they find out what it really means.

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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:14

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.

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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:06

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.

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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:49

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye" for the state.

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Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:02

The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.

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Why A Village Leader Ordered The Rape Of A 14-Year-Old In India

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:00

Rape is illegal in India. But history and tradition make it hard to enforce the law. And in remote parts, rape of a female relative is still considered fair punishment for a man's crimes.

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