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USDA Hopes To Stem Spread Of Invasive Beetle

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The emerald ashborer, which decimates ash tree populations.
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The emerald ashborer, which decimates ash tree populations.

The "emerald ashborer" is a small, metallic, green beetle introduced from Asia about a decade ago -- and its larva burrow through ash trees and destroy them. Tens of millions of trees have been killed since the beetle was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, and it's been found in Virginia and Maryland.

One of the fastest ways the beetle moves is through infested firewood, specifically, by campers hauling firewood from a contaminated forest to a new one. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking campers this weekend to buy kiln-dried firewood and buy it locally at their destination to help prevent further spread of the pests.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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