A Taliban militant (at right with an AK-47 rifle) observes farmers as they collect resin from poppies in an opium poppy field in Afghanistan's Helmand province in 2008. The Taliban not only take a cut from poppy farmers, they are becoming bigger players in running drug labs and smuggling. Poppies are used to make opium, the raw ingredient for heroin, considered to be a major funding source for the Taliban.
Researchers have built a database of more than 500 billion words, culled from a collection of 5 million books. Parsing the words provides a unique insight into cultural changes, they say.
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Afghan brothers Barangai (R), 6, and Shaista Khan, 4, pose for a portrait just outside a U.S. Marines combat outpost in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on April 11, 2010.
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Retired cosmetics executive Mark Goldsmith, who runs the nonprofit Getting Out and Staying Out, gives inmates tips about how to handle job interviews. "People usually make up their minds in the first 30 seconds or minute," he says.
This 1989 file photo shows the U.S. Navy launching a Trident II D-5 missile from the submerged submarine USS Tennessee in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. President Obama has made the ratification of the New START treaty his key foreign policy goal before the new Senate is sworn in next month.