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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

August 27, 2014 - 4:09pm

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

August 27, 2014 - 4:09pm

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

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Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast

August 27, 2014 - 4:09pm

High surf is hitting the Southern California coast, much to the delight of surfers and the worry of lifeguards.

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

August 27, 2014 - 4:09pm

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

August 27, 2014 - 4:09pm

Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

August 27, 2014 - 3:53pm

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle

August 27, 2014 - 2:35pm

Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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As Cease-Fire Takes Hold, Big Question In Gaza Becomes What's Next

August 27, 2014 - 1:43pm

Some semblance of normal life returned to Gaza, after Hamas and Israel accepted an open-ended cease-fire. People returned home and markets opened. What the future holds, however, is far from certain.

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Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

August 27, 2014 - 1:19pm

India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.

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Hate-Crime Convictions In Amish Beard-Cutting Case Thrown Out

August 27, 2014 - 1:08pm

An appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that it was interpersonal disagreements rather than religious beliefs that sparked the attacks.

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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

August 27, 2014 - 12:08pm

Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as it's 6th-century monastery.

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Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion'

August 27, 2014 - 11:24am

Peter Theo Curtis was released by a militant group shortly after another group, the Islamic State, beheaded the American journalist James Foley.

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Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

August 27, 2014 - 10:44am

Water is scarce in India, which is a good reason not to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A journalist came up with another option — give a bucket of rice to a hungry person. Her version is going viral.

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U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria

August 27, 2014 - 10:25am

The report paints a grim picture of a country besieged by a ruthless civil war. All sides are indiscriminately killing and torturing civilians.

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Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform

August 27, 2014 - 9:12am

The company said the shirt's design was meant to look like a sheriff's star from classic Western films. But after popular uproar, Zara decided to pull it from shelves.

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French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation

August 27, 2014 - 8:01am

Christine Lagarde said the allegations of "simple negligence" stem from her days as finance minister under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation

August 27, 2014 - 8:01am

Christine Lagarde said the allegations of "simple negligence" stem from her days as finance minister under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

August 27, 2014 - 7:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

August 27, 2014 - 7:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

August 27, 2014 - 6:48am

The latest twist in the already contentious election process throws it further into crisis. It's looking likely that a new president won't be inaugurated by Sept. 2, as had been the plan.

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