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To Count Elephants In The Forest, Watch Where You Step

To know how elephants are faring, they need to be counted. But how do you count them when they're hidden under thick forest canopies? A conservationist in the 1980s started to count their poop, and that helped to create a model of elephants' numbers and movement through the forest.

Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.

How Swedish Malort Became Chicago's Mascot Bitter Drink

After Swedish immigrants moved out of the city, the traditional Swedish spirit was adopted by different ethnic groups. Bartenders eventually rediscovered the bitter spirit, too, and have helped to fuel its revival in Chicago.

White House Denies Any 'Substantive' Edits To Benghazi Memo

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the only changes to the talking points used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice were to wording describing the Benghazi mission.
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Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

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Ongoing Controversy Over The Deadly Attack In Benghazi

Republicans call for further investigation into the deadly Benghazi attack: Questions about the administration’s response and what’s behind the ongoing controversy.

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A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

When author Anthony Marra became interested in Chechnya, he realized there was no Western fiction rooted in the region -- something he set out to change. We talk with Marra, a D.C. native, about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."

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Senate Opens Debate On Immigration Bill

Border fences, visas for gay partners and immigrants' IQs are just some of the issues swirling around the bipartisan immigration bill. We parse the proposal that's up for debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Will Imran Khan Shake Up Pakistani Politics This Time?

The former cricket star has been on the margins of Pakistani politics for close to 20 years. Despite a fall that put him in the hospital this week, his movement may win considerable support in Saturday's parliamentary election.