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The Pentagon's Defense Department Research Agency — DARPA — is pushing to build a semi-autonomous search and rescue robot. But scientists see obvious dual uses, for war.

When appointed by President Reagan, everyone thought Walsh, a well-known Republican commodity, would conduct a pro forma investigation. It was anything but.

An experimental program is trying to teach self-employed women the importance of long-term financial security. "You take care of yourself because nobody else is going to," one recruiter says.

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.

Fred Phelps, anti-gay activist and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at age 84. Frank Morris of KCUR reports on the interesting past of one of the most reviled men in America.

The Obama administration is widening the scope of economic sanctions aimed at Russia. The White House hopes to penalize its annexation of Crimea and discourage any further incursion into Ukraine.

Two weeks into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the focus has turned to two large objects in the waters southwest of Australia. Officials believe these might be debris from the aircraft.

Human Rights Watch is urging Senegal to implement a law criminalizing forced begging. People acting as Islamic teachers have been exploiting thousands of young boys.

An Army general accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate, was sentenced today by a military judge. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was fined $20,000 and received a letter of reprimand. He could have received up to 25 years in jail for the initial charges. The case fell apart because of credibility problems with the accuser; a plea deal dropped the more serious charges. Now, the sentence has infuriated membesr of Congress and victims advocates. NPR's Tom Bowman has the latest.

Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring. This ancient Persian festival has a lot to do with fresh, green foods.

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