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Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

In April, we heard from combat veteran Tomas Young, who had suffered a gunshot to the spine in Iraq in 2004. His condition had degraded to the point that he chose to end his care and wait to die. But since then, Young had a change of heart. "I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," he says.
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Thousands Still Without Power Across North

Nearly 29,000 homes in Michigan still have no electricity — down from 200,000 after last week's ice storms. And more snow expected in New England could raise the number of those in the region without power.
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The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.
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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.
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A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.
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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.
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Final Newtown Report Unlikely To Answer 'Why?'

Connecticut State Police have released the final report on the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown. Though the investigation doesn't do much to explain what motivated gunman Adam Lanza, some hope it will give insight into the shooter's mental health.
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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Mountain lions are slowly making a comeback, but they live at constant risk of getting hit by cars or shot. In Santa Cruz, Calif., one project tracks how the lions live — and it's already helping to protect the big cats nationwide.
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Four U.S. Military Personnel Held By Libyan Government Released

The Americans were detained by the Libyan government outside Tripoli and are being held in custody.
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Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Congress goes home without approving an extension of benefits for 1.3 million Americans, but President Obama is pushing for a vote in January.

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