Boy Scouts work on canoes at camp Maple Dell outside Payson, Utah. The Mormon Church is considering pulling out of its 102-year-old relationship with the Boy Scouts after the group changed its policy on allowing gay leaders. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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Religion

Mormons Face A Difficult Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties

Scouting has been the official program for Mormon boys for more than 100 years, but that may change after a vote allowing openly gay leaders. A professor at Brigham Young University says a split would be wrenching.

HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot, sits with German tourists Sarah Strempel and Eric Vogel in Massachusetts. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Hitchhiking Robot's Journey West Ends Early ... In Philadelphia

The hitchBOT had already successfully traversed Canada and Germany. This summer, relying on the kindness of strangers, it wanted to travel from Massachusetts to California. But alas, "sometimes bad things happen to good robots," as researchers wrote.

Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been fighting the ban for "hyperandrogenism," or the presence of high levels of testosterone in the body, that has made her ineligible to compete as a sprinter. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

This week, legal cases of athlete Dutee Chand and transgender teen Gavin Grimm put the spotlight on what it means to be a woman. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Who gets to choose one's gender?

Huge shafts of light strike the littered playing field of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 2, 2005 four days after Hurricane Katrina. The Superdome was a squalid shelter to tens of thousands of residents for days after the storm, including the Halley sisters and their mother. Bill Haber/AP hide caption

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Interviews

After Katrina, One Sister Moves On; For Another, 'Tomorrow Never Came'

Two New Orleans sisters who lost their home and sheltered in the sweltering, squalid Superdome followed very different paths in the storm's wake.

Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy for her all-female jazz album The Mosaic Project in 2011. Now, she's releasing the second installment, called Love and Soul. Tracy Love/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

Terri Lyne Carrington Makes A Musical 'Mosaic,' With A Focus On Women

The drummer, composer and bandleader's latest album, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is part of her ongoing effort to showcase women in jazz.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

The reports are based on the results of more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Experts said analysis shows the sport's governing body has failed to take sufficient action against dopers.

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five. Ed Anderson/Courtesy of Ten Speed Press hide caption

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The Salt

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century. Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. The U.S. reversed Saddam Hussein's aggression, but it was just the start of the U.S. military role in Iraq that's spanned four presidents and a panoply of goals.

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