A U.S. airstrike hits an Islamic State position in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Wednesday. The U.S. has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since August, but the Islamic State has suffered only limited setbacks so far. Vadim Ghirda/AP hide caption

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With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State began nearly three months ago, yet there have been relatively few changes on the battlefield. Many analysts say the U.S. effort may not be sufficient.

Tyler Ritter, center, stars in CBS' The McCarthys with, clockwise from top left, Jack McGee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman. Monty Brinton/CBS hide caption

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Television

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

The new crash test dummy — not this one — will weigh 271 pounds and have a body mass index of 35. Automakers use the dummies to prove their vehicles are roadworthy. Patrick Krost/iStockphoto hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese

Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies.

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All Tech Considered

EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Around the Nation

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.

Elaborately decorated skulls are crafted from pure sugar and given to friends as gifts. The colorful designs represent the vitality of life and individual personality. Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Richard Funke looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border on Dec. 7, 2010, near Nogales, Ariz. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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World

Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S. Ozy.com

While the United States has the most total foreign-born residents, they make up a higher percentage of the population in most European countries and some Gulf states, as well as Canada and Australia.

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Poet Carolyn Forche stands with her friend and mentor Galway Kinnell (right) during a trip to Japan to attend the Asian Writers Congress in 1983. Courtesy of Carolyn Forche hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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