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WASHINGTON (AP) A New York-based activist group is protesting outside the Smithsonian Institution over the removal of a gay artist's video after a Catholic group called it sacrilegious. The group Art Positive plans protested Monday afternoon on the National Mall outside a Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Washington businessman has purchased the first U.S. map printed in North America and is loaning it to the Library of Congress. The library announced Monday that David Rubenstein purchased the 1784 map at auction in December.

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel in a widely used technique known as hydraulic fracturing. Democratic lawmakers say the practice appears to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It's called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.
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Food Packaging & Pricing

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.

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Environmental Outlook: The Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A look at the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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