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Supreme Court Gene Ruling Splits Hairs Over What's 'Natural'

The court said biotech company Myriad could not patent human genes, since they already "existed in nature." But when it comes to synthetic DNA, the court said patents may be acceptable in some cases.
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Black Forest Fire The Most Destructive In Colorado's History

The Black Forest wildfire near Colorado Springs, Colo., has now destroyed 360 homes, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history. It is zero percent contained.
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Game 4 Of The NBA Finals A Moment Of Truth For Lebron James

Game 4 of the NBA finals is Thursday night in San Antonio. The Miami Heat now trail the San Antonio Spurs and their star player is struggling. Lebron James is arguably the best player in basketball, but he hasn't cracked 20 points in any of the three previous games. San Antonio's defense has at times made him look indecisive.
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Senator: NSA Program Expanded Beyond Original Vision

Melissa Block talks to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska. He's a co-sponsor of a bill which would require the government to reveal its collection of Verizon phone records and the PRISM Internet data-mining program.
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Pew Poll: Adult LGBT Americans Optimistic About Future

A Pew Research Center survey finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are optimistic about increasing social acceptance. Yet many still report feeling stigmatized by family, friends, employers and their place of worship.
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NSA Director Briefs Senators on Surveillance Programs

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander gave senators a closed-door briefing about the controversial data-gathering programs revealed recently. This follows his testimony Wednesday in which he said the programs had disrupted dozens of terrorist plots.
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U.S. Says It Has 'High Confidence' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

The White House says sarin gas has killed up to 150 people in Syria, and that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line."
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In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults say they feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago, and they're overwhelmingly optimistic that the trend will continue. But a sweeping new Pew Center survey of the LGBT community also finds a persistent social stigma.

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