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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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At The Show Marco Benevento
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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

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Red State Girl Les Claypool's Duo De Twang

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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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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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

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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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