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Ukraine Says Malaysia Airlines Crash Is No Different Than 9/11

July 21, 2014 The Ukrainian president says he sees no difference between the downing of a civilian jetliner over Ukraine last week and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, calling the pro-Russian separatists he believes to be responsible for the crash "terrorists." "I don't see any differences from the tragedy 9/11, from the tragedy ...

Is the U.S. Ready to Patrol the Arctic?

July 13, 2014 The U.S. Coast Guard is facing a dilemma at the North Pole. The service's fleet of icebreakers, ships designed to navigate and cut through ice-covered waters in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, is getting older. The vessels themselves are slowly deteriorating, and by 2020, naval experts say the country's icebreaking ...

What Happened to America's Most Important Arctic Ships?

July 11, 2014 The U.S. Coast Guard is facing a dilemma at the North Pole. The service's fleet of icebreakers, ships designed to navigate and cut through ice-covered waters in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, is getting older. The vessels themselves are slowly deteriorating, and by 2020, naval experts say the country's icebreaking ...

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Obama on Border-Crisis Fix: 'This Can Get Done Next Week'

July 10, 2014 President Obama called on congressional leaders Wednesday night to quickly pass an emergency measure that would ease the border crisis, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have created a logjam. Speaking from Dallas, the president called on Congress to approve a $3.7 billion plan announced Tuesday that would confront ...

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Scientists Just Found Stray Vials of Smallpox From the 1950s

July 8, 2014 If there's one thing you generally want to keep tabs on, it's a deadly virus that has killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone. But a few vials of smallpox, which was officially declared eradicated worldwide in 1979, managed to go unnoticed for decades in a ...

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Meet Hurricane Arthur, Your July Fourth Party Crasher

July 3, 2014 Arthur is growing up so fast. The tropical storm graduated to a hurricane Thursday, picking up speed and strength as it moves north up the coast of the United States. Arthur, the first hurricane of the season, is not expected to be a very strong one, but it sure looks ...

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The Red Panda That Escaped From the National Zoo Last Year Is Now a Father

July 2, 2014 This time last year, Rusty was a different panda. In late June of 2013, the red panda escaped from his home at Smithsonian's National Zoo and fled to D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. Rusty had arrived at the zoo just a few weeks earlier, and his caretakers were planning to breed ...

Putin Is Ignoring Kerry's Warning on Ukraine

July 1, 2014 Last week, John Kerry said that Russia needed to pull back in Ukraine in a matter of "hours, literally." But more than 100 hours later, Russia has done no such thing. The secretary of State delivered the order to de-escalate within hours, paired with a warning of future U.S. action, ...

Obama Met a Giant, Talking Robot Giraffe at the White House Today

June 18, 2014 What's 17 feet tall, weighs 2,200 pounds and has a British accent? This robotic giraffe that President Obama met at the White House on Wednesday. The giraffe, created by Lindsay Lawlor of San Diego, was on the South Lawn as part of the first-ever Maker Faire, an innovations gathering of ...

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Obama: Iraq Will Need More Help

June 12, 2014 In the last few months, a militant group has swept across Iraq, taking over city after city. Baghdad may be next, and Washington is, for now, watching it happen in shock. President Obama spoke to reporters briefly Thursday afternoon about the worsening situation in the country. "What we've seen over ...