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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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TSA Administrator Says Airport Screening Is More Efficient, Risk-Based

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This I Dig of You Jason Anick
Turnaround Jason Anick
Stomped Out Jason Anick
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At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS

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Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

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