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The FDA hasn't approved a new weight-loss drug since 1999. In the meantime, Americans' waistlines have continued to grow. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Weight-Loss Drugs Face High Hurdles At FDA

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The Wild Ranger crew of Bering Sea Gold: Steve Riedel, owner Vernon Adkison and Captain Scott Meisterheim. Ryan Rude/Discovery Channel hide caption

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Is There Hope In Friday Night Television's 'Time Slot Of Death'?

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Monsignor William Lynn is charged with conspiracy and child endangerment for failing to act on reports of sex abuse in the Philadelphia archdiocese. Matt Rourke/AP Images hide caption

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Pa. Priest Faces Trial On Child Abuse Cover-Up

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The recent spike in metal prices, combined with a shortage of miners, means mining companies are hiring. So some teens are opting not to go to college, and instead are heading underground. A miner is shown at work in Newmont Mining's Leeville mine near Carlin, Nev. AP hide caption

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Big Bucks Attract High School Grads To Mining

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Bill Burton, shown during a news briefing at the White House in January, is now with pro-Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action. He says the superPAC is "careful to make sure that we are in compliance with the rules." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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White House And SuperPAC: How Close Is Too Close?

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Gwendolyn Diaz and her husband, Henry Flores, at StoryCorps in San Antonio. StoryCorps hide caption

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Professor Hits A Wall And Falls In Love

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H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green). Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC hide caption

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Questions About Bird Flu Research Swirl Around Private WHO Meeting

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Chris Urmson (right) and Anthony Levandowski, one of the leaders of Google's self-driving car project, get into the driverless car. Steve Henn/NPR hide caption

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When The Car Is The Driver

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