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A miner holds a nugget of mercury mixed with gold. The mercury is used to extract gold from river sludge. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Global Health

Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

Illegal mining in the headwaters of the Amazon is endangering people and fish hundreds of miles downstream.

About a quarter of the chicken parts we buy are tainted with salmonella, according to USDA tests. snowpea&bokchoi/Flickr hide caption

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Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

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A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health worker shows condoms for weekly distribution to inmates in the Men's Central Jail. George Lavender hide caption

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

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Adam Eidinger, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, puts up Initiative 71 posters in October. The measure to legalize possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana was approved by a wide margin of local voters. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Voters Said Yes, But D.C. And Congress Continue To Spar Over Pot

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A miner holds a nugget of mercury mixed with gold. The mercury is used to extract gold from river sludge. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

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Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

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Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

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Scientists reprogrammed the common bacterium E. coli so it requires a synthetic amino acid to live. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

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President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwidth to customers. Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images hide caption

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All Tech Considered

The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

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Former air marshal Robert MacLean blew the whistle after he was informed that missions on overnight, long-distance flights were being canceled. The announcement came just days after air marshals were warned of terrorist threats. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Air Marshal Whistleblower

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