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How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. The spark — Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination — was dramatic, tragic and, in some ways, almost comic.

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The Salt

Freshly Baked Art: Cookies That Are A Feast For The Eyes

For an online community of crafty bakers, a cookie is more than just a crumbly delight. They're taking cookie decorating to new heights of intricacy, from carnival carousels to beach-themed treats.

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The Two-Way

Despite Diplomatic Tensions, U.S.-Russian Space Ties Persist

NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.

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Pepsi was the first American consumer product to be manufactured and sold in the former Soviet Union. In 1991, Russians could buy the soda for 20 kopeks, about 10 cents. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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