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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

Johansson has stepped down as a representative for Oxfam International. She was criticized after agreeing to act as spokeswoman for SodaStream, an Israeli company stationed in the occupied West Bank.

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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When state prison populations were at their peak, prisons like San Quentin in California used gymnasiums to house inmates in bunks. Now it's the federal prison system that's overcrowded. The Bureau of Prisons says it's 35 to 40 percent over capacity. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

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Honoring A Japanese-American Who Fought Against Internment Camps

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

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C 130 Brownout

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

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Triptych Nicholas Payton
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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

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A Surprise Play: Beefy Butternut Squash Chili

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All for You Janet Jackson
Yone Quinn Deveaux