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It's Not Magic On The Mountain, It's A Rain-Making Machine

The snowpack in the Mountain West is at just a small fraction of its normal level, and it was the driest year ever recorded in many parts of California. Cloud seeders are trying to squeeze raindrops out of Mother Nature by spraying tiny silver iodide particles into incoming clouds.
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The Bridge On The River Hudson

The George Washington Bridge has been at the heart of the controversy surrounding Chris Christie recently. But the bridge is more than just a political prop; it's an icon. We learn a few facts about this famous span over the Hudson River.
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Every Job In America, In 1 Graph

There are about 137 million jobs in America. Here's how they break down — and how the picture has changed over the past few years.
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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
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Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In

In a state where politicians have adamantly rejected the Affordable Care Act, the area around Atlanta has a growing number of health tech companies. Many are seeing business benefits from the law. Companies that once would have been a hard sell are seeing more sales and customers.
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FBI Director 'Confused' By Reports Calling Snowden A Hero

"I see the government operating the way the founders intended," says FBI Director Jim Comey, who notes that branches of the U.S. government approved the bulk collection of U.S. phone records.
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Writer And Activist Amiri Baraka Dies At Age 79

Born LeRoi Jones, the influential poet and award-winning playwright didn't shy away from social criticism and controversy.
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Nuclear Missile Officers Reportedly Implicated In Drug Probe

The Associated Press reports that U.S. Air Force officers with nuclear launch authority are caught up in an illegal-narcotics investigation.
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Indian Diplomat At Center Of Row With U.S. Indicted, Leaves Country

Devyani Khobragade was accused of lying on a visa application about how much she paid her maid in New York. But her arrest sparked outrage in India and caused tensions with the U.S.
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Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.

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