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The Next Air Force One Will Be A Boeing 747-8

The Air Force says the decision came down to the American-made 747-8 or the Airbus A380, which is manufactured in France. But even with that pick, the 747 program might not last much longer.

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Parallels - World News

Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

The eastern Ukrainian city has been under siege and subject to artillery and rocket attacks for months. Residents are living in stressful conditions, and the separatist militia is jumpy.

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AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

The moment contrasted with other exchanges between Loretta Lynch and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as when she defended the president's right to take executive action on immigration rules.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes was single-minded about a lot of things, colleagues say. And also a very nice guy. Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty hide caption

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Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

The physicist was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

Laura Ingalls Wilder entertained generations of children with her "Little House" series, which was loosely based on her family's pioneering life. Her memoir, Pioneer Girl, was published in 2014. South Dakota State Historical Society hide caption

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Book News & Features

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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All Tech Considered

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

A team called 18F aims to bring a Silicon Valley approach to government IT — one aimed at the users of websites rather than the agencies behind them.

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Movie Reviews

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

Lori Piper, right, and Aleks Gramza treat Bart on Tuesday at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back to his owner five days later. Danyelle Ho/AP hide caption

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Back From The Dead: A Cat Returns Home 5 Days After His Burial

Bart returned home with a broken jaw, open wounds on his face and a ruptured eye. He is being treated by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fla., and will return to his owner after he has recovered.

A postcard of Junipero Serra from around 1915. Pope Francis recently announced that he will canonize Serra when he travels to the U.S. this fall. Lake County Museum/Corbis hide caption

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A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

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