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We're One Step Closer to On-Demand Organ Transplants

April 16, 2013 Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital say they have successfully "grown" a kidney in a laboratory environment and transplanted it back into a healthy animal, raising the tantalizing possibility of a future with organs grown in lab dishes—and a potential end to donor shortages. So far, the technique has only been ...

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North Korea Sure Is Acting Like It Wants to Start a War

April 5, 2013 The situation on the Korean peninsula is not getting any better today, as the North continues to posture as though it's ready to start a war. Reports arrived on Friday morning that Pyongyang has loaded two mid-range ballistic missiles onto mobile launch platforms, which they promptly hid somewhere along the ...

Half of All U.S. Rivers Are Too Polluted for Our Health

March 27, 2013 A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the majority of rivers and streams in this country can't support healthy aquatic life and the trend is going in the wrong direction. The report labels 55 percent of the nation's water ways as being in "poor" conidtion and another ...

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The CIA Has an Undercover Female Boss

March 27, 2013 A day after Julia Pierson became the first woman director of the Secret Service, it was learned that the head of the CIA's most secretive division has its first female chief as well. Except no one will get to meet her, because like everyone else in her department, she's an ...

New 'Cosmic Blueprint' Lets Us Look at the Earliest Days of the Universe

March 22, 2013 Scientists at the European Space Agency have released the "oldest" picture we have of our universe, revealing a map of cosmic radiation that shows what our skies looked like at the very earliest moments of creation. Of course, nothing like planets or stars existed back then since the universe was ...

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Three Dead in Murder-Suicide at Quantico Marine Base

March 22, 2013 Authorities in Quantico, Va., have lifted a area-wide lockdown after a Marine who shot and killed two co-workers was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. The suspect, who was not yet identified, shot two people at around 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Marine Corps Base Quantico. After a standoff ...

Is the CIA Getting Out of the Drone Business?

March 20, 2013 Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast reports that the White House will soon take the power to launch lethal drone strikes away from the CIA and make the program the exclusive domain of the Defense Department. Because the military and intelligence services operate under a different set of rules, the ...

South Korean Websites Taken Down In Possible Cyberattack From North Korea

March 20, 2013 The web servers of three television networks and three major banks in South Korea were brought down by cyberattacks earlier today and, naturally, the first suspected culprit is North Korean hackers. Websites and ATMs were offline for several hours and even some employees at the TV stations were not able ...

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Obama Set to Name New Labor Secretary

March 18, 2013 Thomas Perez, a civil rights lawyer in the Obama Justice Department, is about to be nominated to be the new Secretary of Labor, setting the stage for some key battles that the president expects to fight in his second term. President Obama is planning to announce the appointment on Monday, ...

Obama Says Iran Is a Year Away from a Nuke

March 15, 2013 As part of a mini press-tour to set up his first presidential trip to Israel next week, Barack Obama told an Israeli television station that Iran is at least a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. In an interview with Channel 2 News, Obama tried to reassure Israelis that ...