Members of the Mehdi Army militia, which once fought U.S. forces in Iraq, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17. The militia's fighters now find themselves allied with the U.S. against the self-declared Islamic State. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S., Iraqi Militias Join In Uneasy Alliance

Shiite militias that once fought bitterly against U.S. forces in Iraq are now the beneficiaries of American airstrikes against the Islamic State. But there's distrust all around.

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway." - Gilbert Gottfried. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images hide caption

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Ask Me Another

Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

The legendary stand-up discusses "crossing the line" in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, he whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.

A rubber tapper makes an incision in a tree on a plantation in Indonesia. Tri Saputro/Center for International Forestry Research hide caption

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Shots - Health News

All's Fair In Love And (The Rubber Used To Make) Condoms

Thistle extract, carrot dye and fair trade labels aren't just for tea. Condoms with fair trade and vegan certifications are moving into a market dominated by Trojan and Durex.

Nicaragua's Contra rebels in 1990. The U.S. backed the Contras in the 1980s, which led to the ouster of the leftist Sandinista leadership. But the U.S. aid violated American law and contributed to the biggest scandal of President Reagan's administration. Michael Stravato/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

When The U.S. Backs Rebels, It Doesn't Often Go As Planned

As the U.S. begins to arm and train Syrian rebels, here's a look at the very mixed record of U.S. support for rebel movements from Angola to Afghanistan.

Mammuthus columbi, the Columbian mammoth, used to be common in America, but went extinct about 10,000 years ago. The specimen found south of Dallas is estimated to be 20,000 - 40,000 years old. Illustration by Karen Carr/Perot Museum of Nature and Science hide caption

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Science

Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas KERA

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years. This week, paleontologists carefully transported the last and largest section to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

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Venetians celebrate during the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The festival began in 1576 when the Republic's Senate voted to build a church on the Giudecca Island to Christ the Redeemer to thank God for the city's deliverance from the Plague. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

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