Forensic police officers work Wednesday near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, where a gunman opened fire and killed a soldier before entering Parliament Hill and firing several shots in the building. Police shot and killed the gunman and said an investigation was under way, but there was no immediate word on the gunman's motivation. Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Soldier Killed, Suspect Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada "will redouble efforts to fight terrorist organizations" after a man shoots a soldier at a war memorial and unleashes a hail of bullets inside the nation's Parliament.

Reconstruction of Deinocheirus mirificus. Yuong-Nam Lee/Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources hide caption

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Science

Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrichlike dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

A customer sets up her new iPhone 6 at an Apple store in Beijing on Friday. A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service, but the government denies the claim. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

In her revised dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg clarified that photo ID cards issued by the Veterans' Affairs are "an acceptable form of photo identification for voting in Texas." Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

The U.S. Supreme Court is correcting its own record. That's not exactly rare, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first justice to call the public's attention to her own mistake.

The San Luis Reservoir in central California is the largest "off-channel" reservoir in the U.S. It is currently at less than 30 percent of its normal capacity. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Environment

Coping In A Dry World: Calif.'s Drought Survival Strategy

The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.

Researcher Svante Pääbo was able to extract a complete genome from this ancient human leg bone. Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

A passenger wearing a face mask arrives at Los Angeles International Airport Friday. Federal officials now require people traveling from West Africa to enter the U.S. at one of five airports equipped to screen them for signs of Ebola. Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

An NPR poll finds a clear majority of Americans are worried about Ebola. Fifty-six percent of people are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the spread of the virus to the U.S.

The homeless and others in need enjoy lunch at the Los Angeles Mission on Nov. 23, 2011, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Legislation to ban organizations from serving food to homeless people in public places has been proposed in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Give Food To The Homeless

Many groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts.

Justin Nagelberg uses the Sa in New York City. By replacing the metal skeleton with two canopies, the umbrella is lighter and has more headroom. Courtesy of Justin Nagelberg hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

Passengers ride a cable car that links downtown La Paz with El Alto, Bolivia, in September. The trip costs about 40 cents and takes 10 minutes — compared to 35 cents and a half-hour by minibus. Juan Karita/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas Ease Congestion

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

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