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The Pitter-Patter Of Little... Paws?

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Pandas at the zoo only have one or two days -- per year -- to mate. Keepers need to be ready to make the most of their one shot to get these bears to reproduce.
Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Pandas at the zoo only have one or two days -- per year -- to mate. Keepers need to be ready to make the most of their one shot to get these bears to reproduce.

With just 2,500 Giant Pandas living in the wild, zoos are trying to get these animals to breed in captivity. The Smithsonian's National Zoo has one male and one female... and for the latter, mating season comes just one day a year. But mating isn't their strong suit, so Sabri Ben-Achour finds out how Zoo staffers help the couple... "perform."

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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'Invisible Army' Of Immigrant Women Finds Its Voice Through Cooking

Brazilian immigrant Roberta Siao says being both a foreigner and mother made it hard to find work in London. At Mazi Mas, a restaurant that trains and employs immigrants, she found more than a job.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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