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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.
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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
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With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.
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Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses

The disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 in recent months have compounded the hit to the carrier's already shaky bottom line.
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Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell

With hundreds of Central American immigrant children enrolling in school, new state-of-the-art security systems in place and a new aerospace-focused high school on line, the Prince George's County Public Schools chief talks about the school year that began last week.

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A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.
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"Operation Shakespeare" - Protecting U.S. Military Technology

Kojo chats with investigative reporter John Shiffman, who unearthed the story of an elaborate sting operation designed to combat the illegal theft of American military secrets.

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Expanding Drone Operations in Africa

Yesterday, the U.S. military carried out an airstrike against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia. We explore the growing U.S. counterterrorism presence in Africa.

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Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat

The warning was raised to "severe," the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism poses a "greater and deeper" threat to the U.K. than ever before.
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Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.

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