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The General Who Opened Guantanamo's Prison Wants to Shut It Down

December 12, 2013 More than a decade after the Guantanamo Bay prison saw its first detainees, the man who established it says the center "should have never been opened," and it's time for the government to shut it down. Michael Lehnert, the Marine major general charged with building the first 100 prison cells...

NASA Is Sending Basil to the Moon

December 5, 2013 Before Americans can realize Newt Gingrich's dream of building a moon colony, they must first send other living things to the rocky celestial body to test whether long-term survival is possible. NASA plans to start by gardening on the moon. Studying plant growth, known as germination, in the lunar environment...

Death Toll of 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak Is 10 Times Higher Than Once Thought

November 27, 2013 In April 2009, a case of an unexpected type of seasonal flu was reported in California. Laboratory tests revealed that the H1N1 virus, dubbed the swine flu because of its similarity to a virus found in pigs, was unlike anything anyone had ever seen in humans or animals. Reports of...

WANTED: A Company Willing to Help Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

November 22, 2013 The organization in charge of dismantling Syria's chemical-weapons program is rushing to find a country willing to host the destruction of the Syrian stockpile. Destroying the arsenal, which includes deadly mustard gas and the nerve agent sarin, can't safely be done on Syrian soil ravaged by continued armed conflict, according...

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Some Good Zoo News: Washington's Baby Panda Is Learning to Walk

November 19, 2013 It hasn't been a smooth week for America's zoos. On Monday, a member of the Smithsonian's National Zoo staff was attacked by a zebra and sent to the hospital with multiple bite wounds. A young gazelle, spooked by the incident, charged into a barrier and died. At the Dallas Zoo,...

Obama: 'I Was Not Informed Website Wasn't Working'

November 14, 2013 The president offered an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act at a White House news conference on Thursday, allowing Americans to renew their current health care plans through 2014, in effect extending the grandfather clause. "We fumbled the rollout on this health care law," the president said. "I think...

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Congress Wasn't Going to Save the Postal Service Anytime Soon

November 13, 2013 For several years, the U.S. Postal Service, which was shedding billions of dollars a year -- nearly $16 billion in 2012 -- has pushed Congress for legislation that would cut costs and boost revenue. Postal Service officials put a number of money-saving options on the table: raising the price of...

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The National Zoo Wants You to Name the Baby Panda

November 5, 2013 When the government shutdown ended and the Smithsonian National Zoo's animal cams came back online, real-time video of the town's famous baby giant panda soothed thousands of frazzled Americans. Now, it's time for the little cub to get a name. It is tradition for zoos to name giant panda cubs...

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Sebelius to Congress: 'Hold Me Accountable' For Health Care Website

October 30, 2013 Seconds after Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in for testimony at a hearing Wednesday morning, she reached for the microphone. "You gotta use that mic," Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee told her. "You don't know how many people...

The Health Care Website Is Not Like Facebook

October 25, 2013 When questioning executives of the contractor behind the problem-plagued health care website during a House hearing Thursday, Rep. Steve Scalise brought up a popular, user-friendly site for comparison. "It's been reported over $500 million of taxpayer money [was] spent to build this website, more money, by the way, than it...