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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a think-tank audience on Tuesday the U.S. shouldn't require North Korea to promise to give up its nuclear weapons as a condition of holding talks between the two countries. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Tillerson Wants To Start Talks With North Korea With No Conditions

The secretary of state said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to open negotiations without requiring North Korea to agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

A photographer looks at the night sky to see the annual Geminid meteor shower in northern Italy in December 2015. This year's shower coincides with a close-range visit by its parent asteroid. Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

An illustration comparing the giant penguin to an average person. Kumimanu biceae weighed about 220 pounds and was a bit shorter than 6 feet in height. It swam around off the coast of New Zealand between 55 and 60 million years ago. Gerald Mayr hide caption

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

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Signs warn drivers of icy road conditions on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Va., in March 2014. The state's Department of Transportation recently added rush hour tolls to the road, using dynamic pricing, which continuously adjusts the cost based on congestion. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When Your Commute Costs $40 For The Toll

In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?

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Younger workers today expect the power dynamic at work to be more egalitarian, with less top-down management. And that is changing the dynamic for all workers. andresr/Getty Images hide caption

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Are There Generational Differences When It Comes To Sexual Harassment At Work?

An executive consultant says she suspects the change isn't that younger women today perceive sexual harassment differently. Rather, it's that younger workers expect the power dynamic to be more egalitarian.

Are There Generational Differences When It Comes To Sexual Harassment At Work?

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Kam Franklin (left) is lead singer of The Suffers, a band from Houston that started touring three years ago. Amber Daniel is lead singer and bassist of Blame the Youth from North Carolina. They're preparing for their first tour. Courtesy of Jay Bee Zay and Allison Slade hide caption

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How To Survive Playing To An Empty Room And Other Advice For A Band's First Tour

Blame the Youth, a North Carolina band, is getting ready to embark on its first tour. Lead singer and bassist Amber Daniel talks to Kam Franklin of The Suffers, who began touring three years ago.

How To Survive Playing To An Empty Room And Other Advice For A Band's First Tour

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This video still — released by the National Transportation Safety Board in April 2016 — shows the El Faro's stern underwater. The cargo ship sank in 2015 after sailing straight into a Category 3 hurricane, killing all 33 crew members aboard. National Transportation Safety Board via AP hide caption

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NTSB Releases Findings On What Sank The Doomed Ship El Faro

In draft findings that are expected to be adopted Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board found a range of problems with the freighter that sank in a 2015 hurricane, killing its whole crew.

Forage fish like these at a Chilean processing plant are often used for fish meal used in aquaculture. But critics consider this inefficient and wasteful and worry it could deplete fish populations. Now several companies are developing protein substitutes to replace fish meal. Julio Etchart/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Industry trailblazers are trying to reduce the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

Sale Tambaya, a cattle herder in central Nigeria, grazes his cows. After his home state criminalized open grazing on November 1, he and his family fled with their livestock to a neighboring state where grazing is allowed. Two of his sons died on the journey. Tim McDonnell for NPR hide caption

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Conflict Over Cattle Tears Nigeria Apart

Herders have let their livestock roam freely. Farmers are furious over damage to their crops. Tensions have led to thousands of deaths. Will a government ban on grazing end the violence?

In the late 1930s, The Story of Ferdinand briefly outsold Gone With The Wind. Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has received its first major movie adaptation.

'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

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High school students use smartphones and laptops at a vocational school in Bischwiller, France, in September. The country's educational minister said he will tighten the ban on phones for elementary and secondary school students, except for educational purposes and emergencies. Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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France Moves To Ban Students From Using Cellphones In Schools

The country's education minister says the strict rules are a matter of public health. But some teachers and parents call it a losing battle.