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From The Ruins Of A Tsunami, A Rebuilt Aceh Rises Anew

Fri, 2014-01-03 09:21

The December 2004 Asian tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. Indonesia's Aceh province was among the hardest hit. But nine years on, the province is home to a largely successful reconstruction effort, a peace deal between separatists and the government, and economic progress.

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'Cut Food': Take A Peek At The Beauty Inside Everyday Edibles

Fri, 2014-01-03 09:07

What happens when you slice foods apart? A whole new world of geometric wonder can reveal itself. The best part? There's relatively little trickery or fancy gadgets involved — so please, do try this at home, say the creative minds behind this photo series.

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Despite Scandals, Nation's Crime Labs Have Seen Little Change

Fri, 2014-01-03 07:42

Last year in Massachusetts, chemist Annie Dookhan was sent to prison for falsifying drug tests. Her misconduct tainted thousands of cases, and was one of the largest crime lab scandals in U.S. history. Critics say it raises a larger question: Do forensic analysts serve the truth, or the prosecution?

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Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

Fri, 2014-01-03 07:39

Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.

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4 Killed As Cambodian Police Fire At Striking Garment Workers

Fri, 2014-01-03 07:37

Workers from the sector, Cambodia's biggest export earner, want the country's minimum wage doubled. Protests by garment workers are not unusual, but Friday's violence represents an escalation, and comes amid growing demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.

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One Of The Rescue Ships In Antarctic May Now Be Stuck, Too

Fri, 2014-01-03 05:56

A Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 adventurers from another ship says it may not be able to get back to open waters. An Australian icebreaker — to which the adventurers were evacuated — i staying nearby in case its assistance is needed. So the

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

Fri, 2014-01-03 05:15

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

Fri, 2014-01-03 05:15

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.

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In Israel, Ariel Sharon's Family Gathers At His Bedside

Fri, 2014-01-03 04:45

The former prime minister has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. This week, doctors said his condition has worsened. Sharon is 85.

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'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

Fri, 2014-01-03 04:43

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried 3 feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a mouse in winter? This is amazing.

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Wicked Winter Storm Leaves Deadly Trail Behind As It Moves Out

Fri, 2014-01-03 04:00

After roaring into the Northeast and New England, where it has dumped 2 feet of snow in some places, the system is heading for the Canadian Maritimes and out to sea. As it blasted parts of the nation, the storm caused at least 11 deaths and thousands of canceled flights.

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Busy Winter Storm Brings Snow, Cold To Northeast

Fri, 2014-01-03 00:55

A blustering post-Christmas snowstorm has dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston, shut down major highways in New York and forced U.S. airlines to cancel thousands of flights nationwide. It is continuing its bitter cold journey through the Northeast.

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Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last

Fri, 2014-01-03 00:26

By most estimates, the trouble-plagued show will have lost about $60 million when it closes tomorrow. It has been commercial theater's most stunning flop.

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Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Fri, 2014-01-03 00:25

Cartooning was his passion as a kid, and he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture to become better at drawing backgrounds. Now, some call Ingels a "starchitect," because his challenging designs are getting built.

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Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Fri, 2014-01-03 00:24

Malaria remains one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. But the U.S. successfully wiped out the mosquito-borne parasite from the American South in the early part of the 20th century. One researcher thinks this successful campaign offers lessons for how to stop malaria worldwide.

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DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

Thu, 2014-01-02 23:19

The Justice Department will answer a challenge to a provision in the law requiring most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost. A group of Catholic nuns objects to the provision, and they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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