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Decades-Old Vials Of Smallpox Found at NIH Building In Bethesda

Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

The only other known smallpox samples are in super-secure labs in the U.S. and Russia.

Officials say the six vials of freeze-dried virus were sealed and pose no immediate danger. The virus usually has to be kept cold to remain alive and dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says these were stored at room temperature.

Further tests will determine if the samples are dead.

The vials were found at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland and may have been stored there since the 1950s.

One of the most deadly diseases in history, smallpox was declared eradicated in the 1980s.

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Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character

In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.
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After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.
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Do Political TV Ads Still Work?

TV ads are a tried-and-true way for politicians to get their message out. But in this chaotic presidential primary, are they still effective?
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Twitter Says It Has Shut Down 125,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts

The announcement comes just weeks after a woman sued Twitter, saying the platform knowingly let ISIS use the network "to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits."

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