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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely able to do: defend a public space.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police use new radar device to detect motion inside a building

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A new state law requires that condoms be made available to all prison inmates — even though state law also forbids sex between prisoners.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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Republican SOTU Responses: Immigration No, But Inmigración Sí

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo go their separate ways on the most divisive topic their party faces.

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Justice Dept. Will Reportedly Clear Ferguson Police Officer In Brown Case

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Justice Department is poised to declare that former police officer Darren Wilson should not face civil rights charges over the death of Michael Brown, sources tell NPR.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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This Is True: Facebook Starts Cracking Down On Hoax News Stories

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Facebook says it won't delete fake stories, but it will start attaching notices to ones that users have flagged as hoaxes. And it will display bogus stories less frequently in users' News Feed.

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Voters Said Yes, But D.C. And Congress Continue To Spar Over Pot

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In November, District of Columbia residents voted to legalize marijuana. Still, the measure's status remains in flux while the city fights against Congress for autonomy on the issue.

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Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Illegal mining in the headwaters of the Amazon is endangering people and fish hundreds of miles downstream.

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Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

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Soccer Players End Lawsuit Over Artificial Turf At Women's World Cup

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The suit accused the organizers of discrimination, saying elite men's teams would never be forced to play on an artificial surface instead of natural grass. The plaintiffs included Abby Wambach.

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.

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