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The Army Begins Construction on Biodefense Lab Building

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The Army is starting construction on a bio-defense laboratory building at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The building will be the new home for the Army's Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases. Research there will focus on the world's deadliest pathogens. By the end of 2015, as many as 952 people are expected to work there. That's up from about 800 working in current facilities built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Critics says planners haven't fully considered the risk of a release of infectious organisms from the lab. The National Academy of Sciences will begin a health and safety review of the project.

Natalie Neumann reports...


Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.

More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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