In Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan. The pilots have unofficially surpassed a distance record for helium-filled balloons. Troy Bradley/AP hide caption

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Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, flying east over the Pacific Ocean, surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.

Friday, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings reminded sports journalist Clay Travis that his five-year guarantee — that Cousins would be arrested — had expired. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images hide caption

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NBA Player Flouts A Critic's Guarantee That He Would Be Arrested

In 2010, sportswriter Clay Travis said in a tweet, "There is a 100% chance that DeMarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years."

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.

The Vatican Bank is "essentially an offshore bank in the middle of a foreign country," says Gerald Posner. His new book God's Bankers explores the history of money and power in the Vatican. Above, an aerial view of St. Peter's basilica in Vatican City. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

In God's Bankers, Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and colleagues analyzed the viral genetics in blood samples from 78 Ebola patients early in the epidemic. Stephen Gire/AP hide caption

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.

Harvard University student Elana Simon introduces President Obama before he spoke at the White House Friday about an initiative to encourage research into more precise medicine. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Wants Funding For Research On More Precise Health Care

Doctors and scientists could could learn a lot more about diseases if the were able to to tap into a wide spectrum of information about people who get sick and those who stay healthy.

Secretary of State John Kerry greets new Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday. the city of Boston fined Kerry $50 on Thursday for failing to clear his sidewalk after this week's massive snowstorm. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Kerry Fined $50 For Not Shoveling Sidewalk Outside Boston Home

The secretary of state was in Saudi Arabia when the massive snowstorm struck the Northeast this week. His spokesman said he would pay the fine.

James (Abigail) Allen. from the 1828 London publication "An Authentic Narrative of the Extraordinary Career of James Allen, the Female Husband!" Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle/New York Public Library hide caption

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NPR History Dept.

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the "female husband" was a person of great interest.

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