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Obama Visits Myanmar

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

President Obama is in Myanmar amid U.S. concerns that the country's progress toward true democracy is not running smoothly.

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Climate Change Deal Requires U.S., China To Overhaul Energy Use

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

U.S. and China cut major deal to reduce emissions, but Congress isn't likely to play along. And experts who've parsed the numbers offered by the two countries say it's not enough to keep climate from overheating seriously. On the other hand, it's seen as a benchmark by which governments can be held accountable, and also a nod to companies that are eager to capitalize on renewable energy.

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Auction Sets Record For Contemporary Art Sale

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

A record-breaking auction was held at Christie's International in New York on Wednesday. The event had been hyped for months, and it attracted some of the world's richest collectors.

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Immigration Divides Washington; Permanent Resolution Unlikely

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

Despite all the nice words about working together, the new Republican Congress and the president are hurtling toward a huge confrontation — about immigration. The president is planning to use his executive authority to offer temporary deportation relief to certain groups of immigrants. The Republicans say if he does, all bets are off.

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After 4 Years As House Speaker, Boehner Looks Stronger Than Ever

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:08am

While John Boehner has held the speaker's gavel, it often looked like members of his caucus were in control. With a gain of more than a dozen GOP seats, Boehner might have some more maneuvering room.

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Russia And The West: Close Encounters Of The Cold War Kind

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 2:47am

Russia and Western countries have had several close encounters in the air and at sea recently. Russia says these are just routine military exercises, but NATO and its Nordic partners are alarmed.

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 2:46am

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.

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House, Senate To Vote On Keystone After Landrieu Calls For Vote

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 1:48am

Legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life after Senate Democrats abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in Louisiana.

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Photos From Around The Snow-Covered Country This Week

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:49am

The West and Midwest are digging out of heavy snowfall this week, reaching highs of 18 inches in some parts.

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Very Very Henry Threadgill

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:42am

The saxophonist and composer, now 70, has always pushed boundaries. Harlem Stage celebrates his career with a two-day concert retrospective of his various groundbreaking ensembles.

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After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:03pm

The federal government lost hundreds of millions of dollars when solar panel maker Solyndra and car company Fisker went bankrupt. Now the loan program has made up for early losses and is in the black.

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For Greener Skyscrapers, Basic Building Materials Are Being Reinvented

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:48pm

Can wood replace steel in a 70-story skyscraper? Architects and biochemists at Cambridge think so. Meanwhile at MIT, rethinking cement is cutting down carbon emissions.

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Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Stolen, Fake Artifacts

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:40pm

Bonhams Auction House sold several pre-Hispanic artifacts in New York on Tuesday. The Mexican government says half of them are fake, and the other half were stolen from Mexico.

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