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Costa Concordia Clear Of Pollution And Delicate Reefs

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It's being called the largest maritime salvage operation ever. The 'rotation" of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to an upright position is under way off the west coast of Italy. The massive ship is now clear of the reef that had penetrated the hull. There are no pollutants escaping from the vessel. Fuel and other polluting agents had been removed. The process is going more slowly than predicted but engineers on site say it is going well. When the ship is upright, huge flotation tanks on the port and starboard sides will be activated and it will be towed to a scrap yard. Thirty two people died when the ship ran aground twenty months ago. Two are still missing.
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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
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Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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