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Thinner Arctic Ice Sparks Massive Algae Bloom

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When scientist Kevin Arrigo set out to lead a joint Stanford University-NASA expedition into the Chukchi Sea between Russia and Alaska, he believed the ecosystem below the Arctic pack ice was a watery desert. What he found under the ice though was an algae bloom spanning at least 60 miles. He talks with Audie Cornish about the discovery.
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Birkin Bag Is Fine But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

After seeing a video that PETA published on the treatment of crocodiles, Jane Burkin asks Hermes to remove her name from the line's crocodile-skin version.
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The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.
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Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. Charged For Political Corruption

Rep. Fattah, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, was indicted Wednesday over alleged involvement in a scheme that included bribery, illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.
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Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.

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