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Science

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Television

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson end their late-night TV shows this week. Colbert is getting a boatload of attention as he moves to succeed David Letterman, but Ferguson deserves some too.

More than 4,000 officers of Nineveh Province security force are based in an isolated training camp in northern Iraq. Their aim is retaking ISIS-controlled Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS

Iraqi security forces are training with the goal of reclaiming territory lost to the Islamic State. Police at a camp near the front line say such a battle would be personal.

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