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For The Ultimate Getaway, Why Not South Sudan?

You may not find South Sudan at the top of most dream destination lists, but the authors of a new travel guide say the young country, long isolated by a violent civil war, has much to offer tourists in search of wildlife, culture and natural beauty.
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Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Researchers say naturally occurring viruses that target bacteria might one day help help treat human infections with germs that are resistant to antibiotics. The research is still in the early stages, and there are quite a few challenges to overcome before a treatment can even be tested in humans.
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National Zoo's Panda Cam Is Back

The camera feed was down for 16 days while the federal government was closed. When the site resumed, the panda had gained two pounds.
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Post-Shutdown Palate Cleanser: Panda Cam Is Back!

Since the shutdown, the 8-week-old cub at the National Zoo has put on 2 pounds and has opened both eyes.
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Banksy's Latest Work Takes On The Meat Industry ... With Puppets

The street artist's latest piece is called "Sirens of the Lambs," and it features a bunch of cuddly puppet animals peeking out of a slaughterhouse truck, squealing with fear. The truck is set to tour around New York City for the next week and a half.
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18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California

A snorkeler off Catalina Island encountered a rare creature Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a rare oarfish, known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.
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On Montana Reservation, A Mixed Reception For Bisons' Return

A small herd of genetically pure bison, free of cattle genes, have recently arrived at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Some tribal members hail the bisons' arrival as a return of an important cultural heritage, but others, including native ranchers, say the new herd is unwelcome.
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Unique Show 'Odysseo' Trots Into National Harbor

Odysseo by the circus group Cavalia brings a unique combination of the equestrian, high-tech and performing arts worlds to the National Harbor.

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Trapped In A Fossil: Remnants Of A 46-Million-Year-Old Meal

Chemical compounds discovered in a mosquito fossil from Montana offer scientists clues to what the very old insect ate before it died. The bug's final blood meal was likely from a bird, researchers say, and could lead to other hints about ancient Earth.
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Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup

What's being called one of the worst storms in South Dakota's history has killed tens of thousands of cattle. Ranchers need to bury the piles of carcasses littering the fields. The disaster comes amid the government shutdown that closed USDA programs aimed at helping livestock producers recover.

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