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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

By Geoff Brumfiel on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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John Oliver And Cookie Monster, On The News Beat

By Bill Chappell on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Just in time for the back-to-school season, funny newsman John Oliver and incorrigible consumer Cookie Monster co-anchor a news special on words.

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New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

By Bill Chappell on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.

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Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

By Eyder Peralta on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

The Islamist militant group had threatened to kill Steven Sotloff if the U.S. continued to conduct airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff’s mother released a video last week pleading for the release of her son.

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Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

By Bill Chappell on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Publication of private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities raises new questions about storing personal data online. Apple says its systems weren’t breached.

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After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

By Bill Chappell on September 2nd, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City’s big gambling halls by the end of September.

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NATO To Create New ‘Spearhead’ Force For Eastern Europe

By L. Carol Ritchie on September 1st, 2014 | Last updated: September 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

NATO leaders are expected this week to set up a rapid-response force to defend against potential Russian aggression.

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3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release

By Krishnadev Calamur on September 1st, 2014 | Last updated: September 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm

The State Department said the men should be released out of humanitarian concern and asked that Kenneth Bae, who has been held for two years, be granted amnesty.

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The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

By Krishnadev Calamur on September 1st, 2014 | Last updated: September 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Passenger pigeons were once the world’s most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

By Krishnadev Calamur on September 1st, 2014 | Last updated: September 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to give police the power to seize passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria. On Friday, Britain raised its threat level to “severe” from “substantial.”

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