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Workers in Boeing's new $750 million final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. At the plant's ribbon-cutting ceremony in June, Rep. James Clyburn called the newly constructed facility a game changer for the state's workforce. Bruce Smith/AP hide caption

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'It's A Great Day In South Carolina,' If You Have A Job

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Researchers claimed in late 2010 that they found bacteria in Mono Lake, Calif., that survived on the poison arsenic in the place of an element thought essential to life. The report was immediately greeted with skepticism from the scientific community. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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Debunked Science: Studies Take Heat In 2011

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In this frame grab from an amateur video posted on YouTube, members of the Arab League monitor violence in the Syrian city of Homs this week. YouTube hide caption

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In Syria, Arab League Observers Caught In Crossfire

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In this photo released by the U.S. Marines and taken in December 2010, Lance Cpl. Dakota Hicks, from Laharpe, Ill., connects a radio battery to a portable solar panel communication system in Sangin District, in Afghanistan.The U.S. military is trying to wean itself off reliance on fossil fuels by employing solar energy and biofuels, among other measures. Gunnery Sgt. William Price Small/AP hide caption

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U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan

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Distillation towers, tanks and other equipment at Sunoco's sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill River on Aug. 3, 2009. Sunoco is selling off two refineries and, in September, announced it would get out of the refining business. Richard Richtmyer/AP hide caption

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Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports

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The Great Divides: Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) are at odds first about whether to leave Iran for life abroad — and then about more urgent issues yet. Habib Madjidi /Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'A Separation': In Tehran, Houses And Hearts Divided

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The Twitter page for al-Shabab, the radical Islamic group in Somalia that has been branded a terrorist organization by the U.S. Such groups are active in social media, but have not attracted many recruits. Twitter.com hide caption

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Terrorists Struggle To Gain Recruits On The Web

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Models hold the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android phone during its official launch in Hong Kong in October. The new smartphone runs Google's Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system. Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In U.S., Android Has Upper Hand On The iPhone

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Guy Clark is a storyteller who carves songs out of quiet moments and marginal characters. Senor McGuire hide caption

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This One's For Guy Clark, Americana's Craftsman

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