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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.

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Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.

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Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

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Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

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