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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

After nearly a decade of traveling through space, NASA's New Horizons probe is about to arrive at Pluto. On Tuesday it will begin an intensive, week-long study of the distant world.

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A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

Five rivers converge in the Mobile Bay Delta just outside this coastal Alabama city. Within a few minutes of leaving downtown, you can be teleported into a totally alien world.

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Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

The FBI is cracking down on rampant corruption in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. With voter fraud, drug smuggling and bribery a big part of border culture, it's proving to be a difficult task.

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