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Tech Visionary Focuses Now On Biological Weapons Threat

Nathan Myhrvold, who made his name with inventions at Microsoft, is focusing these days on a different kind of technological advance: the threat from biological weapons. Myhrvold's in Washington this week to meet with national security leaders. He wants to convince them to spend time and energy on terrorist attacks that could cause the greatest damage.
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Obama Puts Military Strike In Syria On Hold

President Obama addressed a skeptical nation Tuesday night, trying to make the case for military strikes on Syria. At the same time, the White House is exploring a possible diplomatic alternative that involves putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
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Good Work Comes Out Of The Sept. 11 Tragedies

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Over the last several years, a group of family members have created a movement to turn the anniversary into a national day of service. This year more than 30 million people will be involved, and they claim it's the largest day of service in the country.
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Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

America's Cup yachts can gracefully skim above water at better than 40 mph, but Frank Deford says when he looks back at the seven seas in 2013 he'll remember 64-year-old Nyad "plowing, all by herself, freestyle, through 100 miles of surf from Havana to Key West."
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Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause

People who lack special needs but simply want to keep their pets with them all the time can easily find fake "service animal" certifications on the Web. But those phony credentials can create problems for people with disabilities who legitimately need trained service dogs.
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Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters

The president framed the need to take punitive action against Syria in a historical and moral context. But in a tacit acknowledgment of public and congressional resistance, he said he was postponing further military and political action while pursuing newfound diplomatic openings.
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In Iowa, Blind People Can Carry Guns In Public; Not Everyone's A Fan

A debate is taking place in Iowa over the ability of people who are legally or completely blind to carry guns in public. The issue stems from a 2011 change in the state's gun permit rules, allowing visually impaired people to carry firearms.
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New HIV Cases Spotlight Adult Film Industry's Testing System

Adult film production in California is now suspended after a number of performers tested positive for HIV. Though news of the cases may leave some performers feeling vulnerable, the industry's trade group says its response shows that the system works.
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Small Plates To Join Olive Garden's Never-Ending Bowls

The Italian-themed chain is known for its all-you-can-eat, stuff-yourself-with-carbs approach to dining. But it's now trying to capture the millennial market by adding tapas designed for sharing.
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Harlem On Their Minds: Life In America's Black Capital

Two new books published Tuesday tell the story of Harlem. The first features the white women involved in the Harlem Renaissance. And the second profiles three black female artists during World War II.

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