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10:55 am
Wed April 24, 2013

First Case Of New Bird Flu Found Outside China

People sit near pigeons at a park in Shanghai where more than 30 human cases of bird flu have been reported.
AP

Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.

The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, according to the World Health Organization, sickened at least 108 people and been implicated in 22 deaths.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed April 24, 2013

5 People Dead After Shooting In Small Illinois Town

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 12:28 pm

A suspect is in custody after five people were reportedly shot to death in Manchester, Ill., a town of 300 or so residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Boeing To Resume 787 Deliveries; NTSB Probes Certification

NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman during Tuesday's hearing.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:11 am

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Boeing to resume deliveries of 787s

Boeing, which had delivered about 50 of its new passenger aircraft before battery failures in January grounded the plane, says it will resume deliveries to airline customers in early May, The Associated Press reports.

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Monkey See
9:56 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Ryan Lochte And The Easy Life Of The Professional Public Dummy

Ryan Lochte, seen here during the London Olympics in 2012, has a new reality show on E!.
Ng Han Guan Getty Images

Is there any reason to be a professional public hero anymore when you can be a professional public dummy?

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Wed April 24, 2013

AP's Twitter Account Running Again; Was Hacked Tuesday

Twitter.com/AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:21 am

"The @AP Twitter account, which was suspended after being hacked, has been secured and is back up. Thank you for your patience."

That's the word Wednesday morning from The Associated Press.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:33 am
Wed April 24, 2013

God, Einstein And Games Of Chance

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"God doesn't play dice."

I'm sure the reader has heard this famous saying from Einstein in a 1926 letter to fellow physicist Max Born. Perhaps not so clear to most people is what God and what dice Einstein was referring to. His worries reflect a deep concern about how far our explanations of Nature can go. They speak to the heart of what science is, an issue that remains contentious to this day.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

This is a composite of 25 separate images spanning the period from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013. In a video, NASA has also collected three years' worth of such images and set them in a new video.
NASA/SDO/AIA/S

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:37 am

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Dozens Killed In Collapse Of Bangladesh Garment Complex

Relatives mourn a victim at the site of the building collapse.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 1:27 pm

More than 85 people are dead and scores injured in Bangladesh after the collapse of an eight-story building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

The building, called Rana Plaza, housed several garment factories in the town of Savar. A firefighter at the scene told Reuters that about 2,000 people were inside when the upper floors jolted down on top of each other Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Top Stories: Boston Developments; Same-Sex Marriage In France

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 8:57 am

Good Wednesday morning, here are our early stories:

-- Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments.

-- Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes.

And here are more early headlines:

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes

Protesters took to the streets of Paris on Tueday after parliament gave its final OK to a law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Yoan Valat EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:41 am

"Clashes broke out between protesters and riot police near France's lower house of parliament late on Tuesday just hours after the country legalized gay marriage, with opponents of the law hurling projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas," France 24 reports.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Book News: Letters Reveal A Caustic But Affectionate Salinger

A photo of J.D. Salinger taken in September 1961.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:01 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Salt
3:25 am
Wed April 24, 2013

For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields

By this time last year, 26 percent of the country's corn crop was already planted. A wet, cold spring means that only 4 percent is in the ground right now.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:06 am

Last year's drought wreaked havoc on farmers' fields in much of the Midwest, cutting crop yields and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds. This spring, the rain that farmers needed so badly in 2012 has finally returned. But maybe too much, and at the wrong time.

It's almost the end of April, which is prime time to plant corn. But farmers need a break in the rain so they can get this year's crops in the ground and try to lock in good yields at harvest.

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The Salt
3:24 am
Wed April 24, 2013

How Coffee Influenced The Course Of History

An overseer sits in the shade while workers collect coffee beans on a Brazilian plantation, circa 1750.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:49 pm

Coffee is a powerful beverage. On a personal level, it helps keep us awake and active. On a much broader level, it has helped shape our history and continues to shape our culture.

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The Salt
3:20 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Coffee For A Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver?

Luis Fernando Vasquez has been a coffee farmer in the central valley of Costa Rica his entire life.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:50 pm

What does it take to find guilt-free coffee?

Much of our coffee comes from places where the environment is endangered and workers earn very little — sometimes, just a few dollars for a whole day's work. Coffee farmers have helped cut down tropical forests, and most of them use pesticides.

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The Two-Way
7:03 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Death Toll In West, Texas, Fertilizer Explosion Rises To 15

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:31 pm

The number of people who died in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last week now stands at 15, officials said Tuesday. Some earlier reports had indicated that 14 people had lost their lives. At least 200 more were injured.

In Waco, TV station KXXV says that officials believe they have found all the victims, quoting Mayor Pro Tem Steve Vanek saying "No more victims. Everything is searched," in a news conference today.

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