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In The War Against Veteran Homelessness, Can Victory Be Declared?

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.

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A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in 2009 in New Haven, W. Va. The state, in which coal mining is a major industry, is one party planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new power plant regulations announced on Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

President Obama's plan puts new limits on greenhouse gases. One legal expert says the rules are in for a long ride — with a final stop in the next couple of years at the Supreme Court.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former CEO Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (PA), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stand on the stage prior to the Voters First Presidential Forum. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

GOP Candidates Try Their Best Elevator Pitches

GOP presidential hopefuls got a chance to faceoff this week ahead of Thursday's first debate — but it felt a little more like speed-dating than a substantive showdown.

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The Salt

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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Yaupon growing in the wild in east Texas. This evergreen holly was once valuable to Native American tribes in the southeastern U.S., which made a brew from its caffeinated leaves. Murray Carpenter for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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The sea snail Conus magus looks harmless enough, but it packs a venomous punch that lets it paralyze and eat fish. A peptide modeled on the venom is a powerful painkiller, though sneaking it past the blood-brain barrier has proved difficult. Courtesy of Jeanette Johnson and Scott Johnson hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Snail Venom Yields Potent Painkiller, But Delivering The Drug Is Tricky

The drug derived from the venom of cone snails must be injected into the spinal column to get beyond a patient's blood-brain barrier and bring relief. But scientists think they may have a workaround.

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Parents of children who are extremely finicky may find it useful to seek help, psychologists say, because some kids won't outgrow the behavior on their own. But don't make the table a battlefield. Chad Springer/Corbis hide caption

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Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

Most young children who are extra choosy about what they'll eat eventually outgrow the habit. But research finds that in extreme cases, the pickiness may be linked to depression or social anxiety.

The Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport was supposed to open in 2012, but has been delayed repeatedly and is now set to open in 2017. The cost overruns and delays have made airport the butt of frequent jokes. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Berlin's New Airport: Still In A Holding Pattern

Berlin is one of Europe's premiere cities, yet it lacks an airport befitting its status due to years of delays and cost overruns. The new airport was supposed open in 2012; now the target is 2017.

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