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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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Newtown Report Offers Few Insights Into School Shooting

The exhaustive compilation of evidence adds details to a summary released by authorities last month showing that shooter Adam Lanza had a fascination with guns and mass shootings.
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Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

Scientists and growers are in a bitter fight against citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's orange and grapefruit crops. They fear that unless scientists find a cure for greening soon, it's just a matter of time before economic realities and the disease force growers out of business.
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When Memories Never Fade, The Past Can Poison The Present

Only a rare few people have the ability to remember everything that happened in their lives. But that gift can seem like a curse, they say, keeping them marooned in the past and unable to enjoy the present. Forgetting, it seems, can be a good thing.

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