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Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

The Affordable Care Act included a sales tax on medical devices that is supposed to help pay for the expansion of health insurance coverage. But the tax is being levied on some devices, such as ultrasound scanners, that are used to diagnose and treat animals instead of humans.
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Chincoteague Pony Round-Up Postponed Due To Government Shutdown

The famous Chincoteague ponies will have to postpone their biannual well check thanks to the shutdown of the federal government.

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The Truth About Lemmings, The Rodent, Not The Political Animal

The faction of House Republicans leading the charge against the Affordable Care Act amid a partial government shutdown have been referred to as lemmings by those who believe they are committing political suicide. But as Renee Montagne explains, the idea that lemmings commit mass suicide is a myth.
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Researchers From U.S., Germany, Share Nobel Prize For Medicine

The trio was celebrated by the Nobel committee for unlocking a key mystery of cell function. The researchers "have revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo," the committee says.
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NYC Cockroaches Stick To Their Neighborhoods

Cockroaches, it just so happens, actually resemble humans, forming distinct groups and neighborhoods. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Stoeckle of Rockefeller University, whose research uncovered this roach behavior.
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Giant Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Warm Temps Might Be Cause

The insects are the size of an adult's thumb and can sting multiple times, delivering a large dose of venom.
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Awww-some VIDEO: Little White Lion Cub Tries To Roar

Animal lovers' hearts may just melt when they see and hear a little lion born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
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Out Of The Rat Race: Lucky Rodents Find Their Own 'Taj Mahal'

Dawn and Don Burke never intended to turn their home into a rat sanctuary. But after Dawn brought home a rat from a pet store, it wasn't long until the couple began taking in abandoned rats. The rodents' cage doors stay wide open, giving them plenty of space to run around.
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WATCH: Newborn White Lion Cubs In South Korea

The pair of rare lions were put on public display Tuesday for the first time by South Korea's Everland zoo.
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Environmental Outlook: The Shrinking Monarch Butterfly Population

As Monarch butterflies head south for the winter, scientists fear their numbers might have dropped to new lows. In this month’s Environmental Outlook we discuss the mystery of Monarch migration and what’s causing the population to decline.

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