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War May Not Have Led To Easter Island's Ancient Collapse

The question of what caused Easter Island's demise is a matter of hot debate. War is often blamed, but new research suggests that obsidian blades on the island were used for farming — not fighting.
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Beyond Flint: The Safety Of America's Tap Water

Investigators continue to seek answers in the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but experts warn millions of older pipes still in use put other communities around the country at risk as well. Join us to talk about efforts to assess and ensure the safety of America's tap water.

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Study: Program To Protect Fish Is Saving Fishermen's Lives, Too

Catch share programs — where fishermen are allotted a set quota of the catch --reduce the notoriously risky behavior fishermen are known for, like sailing in stormy weather, a new study finds.
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Henry Petroski: "The Road Taken"

America’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling. One engineer and historian says the economic health of our country is in grave danger unless we take action. The history and future of our roads and bridges.

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Farmer John Boyd Jr. Wants African-Americans To Reconnect With Farming

The president of the National Black Farmers Association says African-Americans have a negative association with farming — and he wants that to change.
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How To Clean Up All That Plastic In The Oceans

By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.
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WATCH: Massive Gas Leak At Porter Ranch Slows To A Stop

The California Air Resources Board was recording with an infrared camera as the methane leak on the outskirts of LA was finally controlled Thursday. The leak still needs to be permanently capped.
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Photos: Obama Declares 3 New National Monuments In California Desert

The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands that include Southern California's highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.
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Massive Gas Leak In Los Angeles Temporarily Plugged After Nearly 4 Months

Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.
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Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

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