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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices Fails In Senate

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The USA Freedom Act had the support of not only the White House and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy but also that of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The House had already approved it.

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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The controversial project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed to get the approval of Congress.

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FAA Can Regulate Small Drones: NTSB Reverses Judge's Ruling

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Overturning a federal judge's ruling that the FAA was wrong to fine a man $10,000 for flying a small drone, the NTSB says the agency can regulate such drones as "aircraft."

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Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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Man Gets 8 Months In Jail After Driving VW Hatchback Onto Race Track

Monday, November 17, 2014

The prank might represent a daydream of many would-be racers. But it also proved why such dreams should be pursued with both care and the proper equipment.

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Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Monday, November 17, 2014

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. It beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."

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Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help quell any potential unrest related to the Michael Brown case.

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U.K.'s Anglican Church Will Enable Women To Become Bishops

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church," the archbishop of Canterbury says. The move comes two decades after the church first ordained women as priests, in 1994.

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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Monday, November 17, 2014

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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Book News: Mo'ne Davis Steps From The Pitcher's Mound Into Memoir

Monday, November 17, 2014

The teen pitcher, who made history at the Little League World Series, will tell her story in a book to be released in March. Also: R.A. Montgomery, an innovator in interactive reading, dies at age 78.

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Comet Lander Sends Back Data, Settles In For A Potentially Long Nap

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander today, but its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff — a bad spot when you're relying on solar power.

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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

Friday, November 14, 2014

As the Rosetta mission made history by putting a lander on a comet, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women.

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Book News: In Support Of Persecuted Colleagues, Writers Turn To Letters

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the run-up to the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, authors have written open letters to several imperiled authors around the world. Also: A recap of the truce between Amazon and Hachette.

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Comet Lander Deploys Drill, But Could Lose Power Tonight

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fearing that Philae's batteries won't last past Friday, engineers are looking at possible ways to help it get more power from its solar panels. One ray of hope: Its comet is heading toward the sun.

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Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last month, the company asked the judge to reconsider a ruling that could trigger fines under the Clean Water Act. And on Thursday, he said no. The company says it will appeal.

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Obama Critiques Myanmar's Reforms Alongside Opposition Leader

Friday, November 14, 2014

President Obama split time between two leaders Friday, meeting separately with President Thein Sein, a former general, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner.

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Reports: Obama Will Approve Immigrant Work Permits For Millions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Following on a pledge to use his office's discretionary powers to address immigration, President Obama will remove the threat of deportation for up to 5 million people, says The New York Times.

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Book News: Even Good Writers Have Bad Sex Sometimes

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award honors awful sex scenes in literature, and this year's shortlist boasts plenty of names you might not expect, including a Booker winner and a perennial Nobel favorite.

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3 Potential Ebola Therapies To Be Tested; Liberia Lifts Emergency

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two of the therapies that medical teams plan to start testing next month involve antiviral drugs. Meanwhile, in Liberia, the president has lifted a state of emergency.

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