Artist Paul Harding's take on Jack "The King" Kirby, which is featured on the special edition beer brewed for a Kirby Day celebration at Schmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park, New York. Paul Harding hide caption

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Book News & Features

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

The granulated surface of the lake bed known as the Racetrack is a favorite destination for tourists — and for scientists who want to investigate trails left by the meandering stones. Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis hide caption

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Science

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

Frame grabs from security video were displayed during a police news conference in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday. Sound technician Bryce Dion, who was embedded with Omaha police, was killed during an armed robbery at a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Around the Nation

'Cops' TV Crew Member Killed By Omaha Police Bullet

During an armed robbery at a Wendy's restaurant in Omaha, Neb., the audio supervisor for the TV show was struck by "friendly fire" from one of the officers. The robbery suspect was also killed.

A construction excavator demolishes a so-called B-Hut at the huge Bagram Air Field norht of Kabul. The military used the structures as bunks and offices during the 13-year war but is tearing them down as most of the military prepares to leave by year's end. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

Troops are scheduled to withdraw by year's end, so the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

Danny Done, 26, worshipful master of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge in Seattle. The fraternity is "a really interesting social network that's not online," he says. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Men In America

Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, LeBron James, Lindsay Lohan, Kermit the Frog and Conan O'Brien all got icily drenched for charity. via YouTube hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via Facebook's viral ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

Tractors sit on a sugarcane plantation on the land of a Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous community in Brazil, where Oxfam has alleged "land grabs" unfairly take land from the poor. The United Nations is drafting voluntary guidelines for "responsible investment in agriculture and food systems" in response to such concerns. Tatiana Cardeal/Courtesy of Oxfam hide caption

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The Salt

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

Wendi Kunkel points out the key in the ignition on her 2010 Chevy Cobalt in Rockwall, Texas, in April. GM recalled millions of cars over a flaw in ignition switches that could cause the vehicles to shut off unexpectedly. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Business

In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers MR

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America so far this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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