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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.
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On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

What can't Pope Francis do? First he's Time's "Person of the Year," then he's a Rolling Stone cover story. Now, graffiti art in Rome is depicting the pontiff as a comic-book caped crusader. Even the Vatican approves.
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Brazil's Slaves Are Being Freed, But Owners Go Largely Unpunished

In the past 20 years, almost 50,000 enslaved Brazilian workers have been freed from some 2,000 worksites. But an estimated 200,000 remain trapped in slavery, due to deep-seated impunity: Slaveholders can pay hefty fines and civil damages, but criminal convictions and jail time are rare.
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Tycoon's Lesbian Daughter Rejects Multimillion-Dollar 'Marriage Bounty'

Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao initially offered $65 million to any man who married his daughter. Gigi Chao has since been flooded with marriage requests from eager men around the world. But in an open letter, she asks her father to accept her partner.
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Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveal Royals Were Extreme Foodies

A rare collection of menus detailing the meals served to King George II and his queen contain plenty to offend our modern, squeamish sensibilities. But the manuscript, which sold at auction Wednesday, also reflects bigger shifts afoot in how food was sourced and prepared. The result? Tastier British cuisine.
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Obama Barely Mentions Afghanistan During Speech

From the Afghan capital Kabul, we get reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address. The president devoted only a couple paragraphs in the speech to Afghanistan. Was there much for people to react to?
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Panel Considers Bin Laden Bodyguard's Stay At Guantanamo

Steve Inskeep talks to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald about the parole hearing of an alleged bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. Abdul Malik Wahab al Rahabi, 34, was one of the first detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.
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Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple

The site in central Rome has also yielded evidence of how actively the early Romans intervened to shape their urban environment. But the excavation has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.
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Cool Runnings: The One-Man, East Timor Version

Before he could be sent to Sochi, Yohan Goutt Goncalves, 19, first had to take the unusual step of creating his country's national skiing federation.
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The Coup Goes To Court: Ousted Pres. Morsi On Trial In Cairo

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was in a Cairo courtroom on Tuesday, seen and heard for only the second time since he was thrust from office in a military coup last July. Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood are facing charges of collusion with Hamas and Hezbollah during the 2011 uprising against the Mubarak regime.

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