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Energy Drinks

Energy drinks promise a boost, a buzz, even to give you wings. Most contain a mix of caffeine and the stimulant guarana, along with a variety of other vitamins and nutrients. Manufacturers in this small but growing slice of the beverage market say the drinks are no more dangerous than a strong cup of coffee. But some watchdog groups and federal agencies have raised questions about how they're marketed, transparency regarding ingredients, and safe use. We consider the rising popularity and questions surrounding energy drinks.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.
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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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