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A Teenager In The 1950s, Extreme Sledding For The Air Force

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:35am

Fresh out of school, Alton Yates needed to make money, so he signed up for the Air Force. His job? Riding rocket-propelled sleds, to help test whether high-speed space travel would be safe for humans.

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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:33am

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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Despite ISIS's Resources, Attacking U.S. Might Be A Stretch

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29am

Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29am

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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Google Aims To Build Fleet Of Delivery Drones

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:56am

The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to deliver merchandise.

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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:19pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:42pm

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.

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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:59pm

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

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