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California Judge Throws Out Lawsuit On Medically Assisted Suicide

The superior court judge says questions raised in the case should be decided by legislatures or voters, not the court. The terminally ill plaintiffs say they'll appeal his decision.
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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.
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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.
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Dark Pluto Bares Its Heart

NASA's probe to Pluto has revealed stunning new pictures of the distant world. They show evidence of glaciers moving across the surface.
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Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River.

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The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.
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Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.
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Maine Fisherman Catches His Second Rare Lobster

The Portland Press Herald reports that "Captain Eli," a rare orange lobster, will be kept at the Fisherman's Catch Café in Raymond, Maine, before Bill Coppersmith releases it back into the ocean.
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Live Samples Of Anthrax Were Sent Worldwide In May Due To Ineffective Procedure

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that the samples of anthrax the Pentagon thought were dead, were still alive. The Pentagon says the public was never at risk.
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What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds that many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.

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