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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

March 25, 2015 - 9:04am

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support?

March 25, 2015 - 8:23am

The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.

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2-Minute Span Is Key To Jet Crash In French Alps That Killed 150

March 25, 2015 - 12:35am

A damaged cockpit voice recorder and a time gap when the pilot lost contact are vital clues into what caused the plane to go down, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Wednesday

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'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

March 25, 2015 - 12:23am

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

March 25, 2015 - 12:21am

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

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A Couple Spends Their Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

March 25, 2015 - 12:20am

With record numbers fleeing the Middle East and Africa in overcrowded boats, the Catrambone family is conducting private rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

March 25, 2015 - 12:19am

Three spices that grow on Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

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Remote Jailing Cuts Off Inmates From Real-World Support System

March 25, 2015 - 12:18am

County jails that send inmates far away to serve short-term sentences can be a cost-saver to local governments. But it could have major consequences when prisoners are released.

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

March 25, 2015 - 12:03am

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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Retired Oakland Police Officer Recruits Locals To Police Their Own City

March 24, 2015 - 4:35pm

Police departments around the county are under pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might improve by increasing the number of cops who live there.

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Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

March 24, 2015 - 1:23pm

Older women in China are known to gather in public spaces and dance, but reports say the practice has gotten too loud and the neighbors are complaining.

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Lessons In Moving Forward On Race From A 40-Year Mayor

March 24, 2015 - 12:48pm

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after 10 terms. "I sought this job ... mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community," he says.

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Foreign Carmakers Shift Into Reverse In Russia

March 24, 2015 - 12:43pm

General Motors and Volkswagen are closing plants there and laying off workers. Economic problems have led to an estimated 35 percent drop in the once-booming Russian car market.

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Obama Says U.S., Israel Face 'Clear, Substantive Challenge'

March 24, 2015 - 12:31pm

The president says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that there will be no two-state solution. Obama says the U.S. now has to re-evaluate its Israeli-Palestinian policy.

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Russia Loses Bid To Deny Benefits To Spouses Of Gay U.N. Staff

March 24, 2015 - 11:49am

Russia led the unsuccessful effort to overturn a plan to give benefits to the spouses of U.N. employees. Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt and 40 other nations also voted against the plan.

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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

March 24, 2015 - 11:48am

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

March 24, 2015 - 11:31am

Nearly 140 inmates, including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, complain of dirty cells, spoiled food and filthy conjugal rooms at Mexico's maximum security prison.

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Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

March 24, 2015 - 9:01am

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.

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Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

March 24, 2015 - 8:42am

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

March 24, 2015 - 8:40am

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has been conducting surveillance flights over the city since March 21 to help uproot militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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