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Moved By Emotion: This Story Changed A Photographer's Lens

Thu, 2014-01-02 07:56

Kristie McLean traveled to Ethiopia to photograph women with obstetric fistula, a hole formed between the birth canal and bladder or rectum during labor. The terrible injury results in incontinence, and rejection by society. One story affected McLean more than any other; later, she learned its power was in its telling.

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Juanita Moore, Groundbreaking Actress, Dies

Thu, 2014-01-02 06:58

Her role as Annie Johnson in the 1959 film Imitation of Life led to an Oscar nomination — just the fifth at that time for a black actor or actress. Moore was 99 when she died on Wednesday.

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Accident Or Not? Palestinian Diplomat's Death Is A Mystery

Thu, 2014-01-02 06:20

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was killed Wednesday by an explosion at his home in Prague. At first, officials said he may have triggered a bomb meant to explode only if a safe was tampered with. But other officials are disputing that account.

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Jobless Claims Were Nearly Unchanged Last Week

Thu, 2014-01-02 05:47

But the fact that 339,000 applications were filed — the fewest in a month — is a hopeful sign. Meanwhile, the most-anticipated news about the labor market each month, on the unemployment rate and job growth, won't be released until Jan. 10.

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100 Million People In Path Of 2014's First Wintry Blast

Thu, 2014-01-02 04:35

Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.

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VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

Thu, 2014-01-02 03:35

The 52 scientists and paying passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been stranded by ice since Christmas Eve. They've been flown by helicopter to an Australian ship in open waters. The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy are staying behind. It's hoped the ship will soon break free.

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Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:56

Order cod in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you're buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.

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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:55

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:54

The Trillium Community Health Plan in Oregon gave 50 schools money to integrate the Good Behavior Game. It keeps kids plugged in and learning, and hopefully less likely later to pick up a dangerous habit like smoking.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:53

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Rescue Begins For Icebound Ship In Antarctica

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:17

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday. The helicopter will carry the passengers a dozen at a time in an operation expected to take five hours

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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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Portugal's Baby Bust Is A Stark Sign Of Hard Times

Wed, 2014-01-01 19:38

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, and an increasingly rare one in Portugal, where the birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis began. The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks and youth are unemployed or going abroad.

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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

Wed, 2014-01-01 15:12

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

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When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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