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Japanese Whalers Lose Bid To Block U.S.-Based 'Sea Shepherd' Activists

A group of Japanese whalers has failed to win an injunction against U.S. anti-whaling activists, as a federal judge refused their request for protections from boats owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The ruling was made in Seattle, where the whalers, known as the Institute for Cetacean Research, had filed suit.
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Mysterious Bird Deaths Tie Up I-95

Hundreds of dead birds littered the road on I-95 in Prince George's County on Wednesday, tying up traffic and leaving drivers scratching their heads.

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Pekingese 'Malachy' The Top Dog At Westminster

Robert Siegel talks with David Frei of the Westminster Kennel Club, and David Fitzpatrick about Tuesday's Best in Show winner at the club's 136th annual dog show. Fitzpatrick is the handler of the winning dog Malachy, a Pekingese.
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'Flying Mop' And Other Canine Glam Shots

Though dogs are cute, that's not what motivates English photographer Tim Flach.
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Hairless Dog Loveable Or Just Ugly?

The rare hairless canine known as the xoloitzcuintli is Mexico's national dog. It's one of just six breeds to debut at this year's 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Host Michel Martin speaks with xolo breeder Amy Fernandez, who is thrilled that the native dog of Mexico will be finally included in the show.
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Scientists Take Cautious Tack On Bird Flu Research

Last month, scientists around the world agreed to temporarily halt controversial scientific research with bird flu viruses. Some experts say too little is known about how infectious this virus could be to humans, but other experts think those risks have been blown a bit out of proportion.
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The Zebra's Stripes, A Personal No-Fly Zone

Scientists in Hungary and Sweden say they've found an answer to the age-old question of how the zebra got its stripes. It turns out the pattern may have evolved to repel Africa's biting flies. The researchers discovered this by placing models of patterned zebras next to models of their plainer cousins, horses, and measuring how many flies ended up on each one. Host Scott Simon has more.

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