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Public Support For Marijuana Legalization Hits Record High

The tide of public opinion appears to be rapidly turning in favor of legalization. In November 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans favored marijuana legalization. Now that figure is at 58 percent.
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Despite Efforts, The Rio Grande Is One Dirty Border

Since Mexico and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, the two countries have worked to clean up the waterway. The river makes up a large chunk of the border, but despite progress, massive amounts of raw sewage still enter the water each day.
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Exhibit Recreates Cacophony Of 1920s New York City

The soundtrack 1920s may be jazz, but the actual sounds of New York City in the Jazz Age were more than just music. The city was an incredibly noisy place filled with everything from street peddlers and preachers shouting to grab a crowd's attention to peeling church bells and tugboats' warning horns cutting through the New York Harbor fog. Princeton history professor Emily Thompson and web developer Scott Mahoy used noise complaints and old news reels to find the authentic sounds of the city, and cobbled them together into an interactive, explorable site called, aptly, The Roaring Twenties.
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In Cost-Cutting Move, NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts

Starting in April, the federal agency that surveys the nation's waters will offer charts only via on-demand printing, as PDFs or electronic charts.
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Doctors Enlist Therapists To Deliver Better, Cheaper Care

Many people don't take their doctor's advice to see a psychotherapist, even when they really need to. So Oregon is experimenting with placing clinical psychologists in medical practices. The goal is to improve patient care and save money. But it means that doctors and therapists will have to change how they work.
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Want Your Daughter To Be A Science Whiz? Soccer Might Help

Physical activity has a range of benefits for children, yet many schools have cut back on gym and recess. Now a British study finds that children who were most active at age 11 did better academically through the teenage years. Active girls did particularly well in science, while both boys and girls had better scores in English.
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Coffee Coming Up, Nice And Hot ... And Prepared By A Robot

The 50-square-foot Coffee Haus from Briggo offers made-to-order espressos, cappuccinos and other specialty brews from direct-trade beans. Like any good neighborhood barista, it will even remember your favorite order.
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Job Growth Was Disappointing, But Some See Reasons For Hope

The September jobs report showed a labor market moving forward, but at a slow pace. That may push the Federal Reserve to keep trying to stimulate the economy.
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Former House Aide Lorraine Miller Named Interim NAACP Chief

The nation's largest and oldest civil rights group makes the temporary appointment after Benjamin Jealous announced his resignation as president and CEO.
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Meatless Monday Movement Gets More Veggies On The Menu

In 2003, one of the original Mad Men began working with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to encourage people to go meatless one day of the week. In 10 years, the campaign can now point to hundreds of schools and restaurants that promote a vegetarian option on their Monday menus.

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