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Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

Would you like to know the life history of that steak before you eat it? Technology exists to give you that information, at least in Michigan, where the state government requires all cattle to carry an electronic tag for tracking purposes.
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Proton Beam Therapy Sparks Hospital Arms Race

Local officials in Washington D.C., are on the verge of approving two high-tech radiation facilities for treating cancer at a total cost of $153 million. The treatment these hospitals would offer costs twice as much as standard radiation, but hasn't been shown to work any better for most cancers.
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Obama To Press Congress On Student Loan Rates

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.
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Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

In 2004, Peter Obetz was in the middle of a divorce when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He says the news was not only a wake-up call for him to change his life, but it also brought him closer to his friend Jeff Jarrett. He's been cancer-free since 2009.
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American Woman Killed In Syria Fighting, Family Says

Family members told the Detroit Free Press that the FBI had confirmed that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, was killed while fighting in Syria. She reportedly was fighting for the rebels against the Assad regime. Syrian TV said she was killed along with two other Westerners.
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A Spelling Bee Veteran Finally Wins With 'Knaidel'

Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York spelled the word correctly to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. And, in case you're wondering, a knaidel is a type of dumpling.
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Report Says Al-Qaida Diminished, But Affiliates Still A Threat

The State Department's Country Terrorism report also says that Iran has boosted its support of global terrorism to a level not seen since the 1990s.
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TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

The agency has finished retrofitting controversial full-body scanners with software that allows only a generic outline of the passenger's body to be seen.

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