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From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.
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Outspoken Alan Grayson Gets Another Chance In Congress

The Florida Democrat was among the House freshmen sworn in this week, but he's been through this before. He started serving in Congress four years ago, but lost a bid for re-election. Now he's back on Capitol Hill, and he shows no signs of softening his tone.
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A Single Mom's Toughness Pays Off

For years after his father died, Reginald Mason's mother struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy for him — despite her financial troubles. "She made me and shaped me as a man," Mason says.
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Kansas Presses Sperm Donor To Pay Child Support

A Kansas man's decision to donate sperm to help a lesbian couple conceive a child in 2009 has landed him in a complicated legal case, as a state agency is now pursuing him for child support payments. William Marotta, 46, signed away his parental rights in 2009. Now he's asking a judge to dismiss the state's case, which has grabbed national attention.
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After Sandy, Can The Jersey Shore Come Home Again?

The Jersey shore is a part of the region's culture that inspires nostalgia. But post-Superstorm Sandy, there are questions about how to rebuild the places special to many and who should pay. "Is it going to look like what people remember from their childhoods? The answer is no," one mayor says.
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Wind Industry Secures Tax Credit, But Damage May Be Done

Uncertainty over the credit had lingered for a while, causing the industry to put off long-term planning. So while the now-approved tax credit revives prospects for an industry facing tens of thousands of layoffs, don't expect to see many new turbines coming up soon.

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