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Whales, Dolphins Are Collateral Damage In Our Taste For Seafood

More than 80 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. now comes from abroad. And fishermen in other parts of the world continue to kill not just dolphins but seals and even whales. So conservation groups are calling for tougher import rules to protect sea animals at risk from fishing.

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.

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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

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As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel

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Nautil Us Le Loup & Seuil

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Whales, Dolphins Are Collateral Damage In Our Taste For Seafood

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Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 40, CT. 152-153 [No. 1 in A major. Allegro con brio]

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Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

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Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

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Paper Scissors Stone Portico Quartet

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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

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As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion?

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