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War On Poverty, 50 Years Later

One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break

Like her own mother was, Desiree Metcalf is a young, single mom living in poverty. She doesn't have just one or two problems, but a whole pile of them.

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Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

Many North Carolina counties have no psychiatrists, so emergency rooms are experimenting with beaming in the doctor on video. The hospital can then provide needed treatment.

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Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

DNA's instructions are written in a code of four molecular "letters," labeled A, C, T and G. For the first time, researchers have created and inserted two brand-new letters into a living cell.

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U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late?
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Mother Mother Fat Freddy's Drop

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