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For Missions Over Hostile Syria, Air Force Unwrapped Its Newest Jet

Available since 2005, the $90 million F-22 fighter was simply more machine than the military had needed - until there were worries about whether Bashar Assad's air defenses would stand down.
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Progress In Nuclear Talks With Iran Is Still Glacial

One expert says that the negotiators in the room are inclined to move faster, but the deeply opposed domestic constituencies leave both sides skittish.
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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.
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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.
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N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.
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Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Derek Jeter ended his storybook baseball career with a walk-off base hit and one last ovation from his adoring fans. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks with Rachel Martin.
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Obama Administration Eager To Find Holder's Successor

What does Eric Holder's departure as Attorney General mean for the Justice Department and the issues it contends with — from civil rights to terrorism?
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After Hurricane Sandy, N.J. Cities Rethink Proximity To The Water

Melissa Block talks to Monique Coleman of Woodbridge, N.J., about why her family is leaving their home. After three huge floods in three consecutive years, they've taken a buyout from the state.
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PIMCO's 'Bond King' Quits Amid Reports Of Erratic Behavior

Bill Gross built PIMCO into an investing powerhouse with more than $2 trillion dollars under its management. But there was trouble in the king's court in recent months.
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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

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