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Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal?

It isn't clear yet whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of the iconic American company by China's Shuanghui International. There are concerns that Shuanghui could ratchet up production to feed the growing demand for meat in China.
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GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

An Oregon farmer discovered the genetically engineered wheat growing in his field about a month ago. Nobody knows how it got there, how widely it has spread, or whether it has been in fields harvested for food. GMO wheat is not approved for sale in the U.S.
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Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air

Intensely smoggy days are striking less often thanks to better technology that pinpoints problems, and laws that have prompted fixes. Still, scientists say they haven't yet tracked down all the sources of the pollution fouling the region's air.
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Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead Guilty

A lawyer for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales says the veteran of four combat tours will plead guilty in the deaths of 16 civilians to avoid the death penalty.
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Police Say Ricin-Laced Letters Sent To New York Mayor Bloomberg

Police say two anonymous letters were received — one in New York City and another at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of Bloomberg's nonprofit.
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'Soda Mouth' Can Look A Lot Like 'Meth Mouth'

Lesions on the teeth of crack and methamphetamine addicts have a lot in common with those on the teeth of people addicted to soda, a dental researcher writes in a case study. But even people who wouldn't consider themselves "soda addicts" are at risk of dental erosion, he says.
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Bachmann's Legacy: A Trailblazer, For Better And For Worse

The Minnesota lawmaker parlayed a cable-ready presence and unshakable, if often untrue, message to national stature.
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Former Justice Official In Line To Be Named FBI Chief

Two sources familiar with the search for a new director of the agency tell NPR that James B. Comey is in line to succeed outgoing chief Robert Mueller. Comey was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration.

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