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About 50,000 years ago, a meteorite struck earth east of present-day Flagstaff, leaving this crater as its calling card. Shane.torgerson/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

NASA has reactivated a mothballed spacecraft to look for big objects that might strike Earth. It's part of an increased effort to find potential hazards — but some scientists sizing up the sky think we should try harder.

House Speaker John Boehner leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill earlier this month. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Boehner Fights Back Against Tea Party, Again

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About 50,000 years ago, a meteorite struck earth east of present-day Flagstaff, leaving this crater as its calling card. Shane.torgerson/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

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Indian activists from the student wing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party protest near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on May 25, 2010, against Wendy Doniger's The Hindus. Penguin Books, India, said this week that it would withdraw the book and pulp it. Anindito Mukherjee/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired

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Lunch with oysters and wine by Frans van Mieris, 1635-1681. Universal Images Group/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Shirley Temple perform their famous stair dance in the 1935 film The Little Colonel. AP hide caption

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Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship

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The cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir is seen on Feb. 7 in San Jose, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Drought Politics Grip California's Central Valley

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Fishers are among the small carnivores threatened by rat poisons used to guard plants at illegal marijuana farms. John Jacobson/U.S Fish & Wildlife Service hide caption

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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

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Muslim women line up at a Red Cross distribution outside the mosque in Bouar. United Nations peacekeepers guard the mosque, where thousands of Muslim residents gather each evening for safety. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'?

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Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey play Claire and Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. When the second season is released on Friday, audiences can expect to see more ruthless behavior from these power-hungry characters — but are they antiheroes, or plain old villains? Nathaniel E. Bell/Courtesy of Netflix hide caption

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Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell

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Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance imprint at Macmillan publishing, solicits manuscripts and invites users to read and rate them. The most popular manuscript gets a first printing of 100,000 copies. Swoon Reads hide caption

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Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You

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The 2014 season will mark Derek Jeter's 20th — and last — season with the New York Yankees. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

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To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era

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