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LAW
02.22.15

Getting to know Abe digitally at the Lincoln Library

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered and researched presidents in history. Nearly 150 years after his death, intrigue remains, so the Lincoln Library is moving more of his life online.

ARTS
02.22.15

Freedom songs were important to the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama

March 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the famous march. A movie about it has a stirring song by the rapper Common. It shows how important songs were to the movement. They still are.

SCIENCE
02.22.15

Pop quiz: French scientists study the physics of popcorn, savor the results

What makes a hard kernel of corn explode into a fluffy treat? What makes the popping sound? Advanced cameras and microphones helped find the answers. The results were delicious.

KIDS
02.20.15

"Seeing" words a different way, and winning a spelling bee

After winning his school's spelling bee, a blind fourth-grader is on his way to the semi-finals of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee. He's also competed in the National Braille Challenge.

WAR & PEACE
02.20.15

Baghdad book market's revival

The book market has come back to life, seven years after a car bomb destroyed the cultural oasis. Iraqis lined up early to enter the open-air market, eager to read and share again.

MONEY
02.20.15

Effort to end worker abuse at Mexico's produce farms gets a boost

But will it be enough? Improving the working conditions for laborers could be costly for the farms, as well as for the U.S. companies that buy their fruits and vegetables.

MONEY
02.18.15

U.S. theme park builders busy creating rides for Chinese thrill seekers

Years of economic growth in China have lifted many people into the middle class. They want to be entertained. U.S. theme park builders are learning how to bring fun to a new culture.

LAW
02.18.15

Another presidential library, another squabble over land

Name almost any of our recent presidents and chances are you'll find his presidential library created some local fuss. A proposed site for the Obama library proved to be no exception.

ARTS
02.18.15

New da Vinci masterpiece or a fake Leonardo?

Uncovering a potential new masterpiece is enough to send the art world buzzing. Finding one by Leonardo da Vinci can create a frenzy. An art expert cautions waiting for the facts.

SCIENCE
02.18.15

Hawaiians watch Kilauea's lava advance, pause, tease

Everyday life for Hawaiians in the path of Kilauea's molten lava means watching, waiting and preparing to move. Stores have closed, then reopened. The volcano is not in a rush.

WAR & PEACE
02.17.15

Who will build the top-secret warplane?

Two companies are in a competition to see who will be chosen to build the new stealth bomber. It will be a huge project and cost billions of dollars. Building it will also create badly needed jobs.

LAW
02.17.15

Some gay couples married in Alabama but state is still fighting for a ban

Some Alabama judges are obeying a federal judge says gay couples can get married. But others are obeying the state's top judge, who says the state ban on gay marriage should stand.

SCIENCE
02.16.15

Chimps manage to come up with new sounds for a common object

A recent study suggests a key element of communication might have been present 7 million to 13 million years ago in a common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans

LAW
02.16.15

Rosa Parks' emotional journals on display

Rosa Parks was a fascinating woman known all over the world. She wrote in journals her whole life. A collection of her writings, documents and photos are now on display in Washington, D.C.

LAW
02.16.15

Texas faces a growing education gap

Hispanics are only half as likely as whites to have a college degree in the Lone Star State and 24 others; critics oppose legislation that would repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

MONEY
02.12.15

PRO/CON: Filling America's need for skilled workers

U.S. companies are facing a shortage of skilled workers. What's the best way to solve this problem? The authors give their different opinions on the matter.

MONEY
02.12.15

Colombia: a global flower power

For this Valentine's Day in the U.S., three-quarters of the flowers people buy will come from the Andean nation. It's the world's second-largest flower exporter.

HEALTH
02.12.15

Air pollution is blowing in the wind from Asia to California, experts say

California has spent years fighting air pollution, or smog. Now that the air is cleaner, state officials have found pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean from Asia. How bad will it get?

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Next big app could be to track food organisms

Food safety is a big concern as supermarkets go global. Salmonella and bacteria are not easy to catch until people become ill. Databases to track food DNA could be the game changer.

SCIENCE
02.11.15

Endangered whale may be safer in an aquarium

Many people agree that whales should not be made to perform. But some orcas have been captive for so long, setting them free could kill them. Both sides will tug at the endangered Lolita.

MONEY
02.11.15

NBC News suspends anchor Williams

It marks the first time a network news anchor has been discharged of his duties.

MONEY
02.10.15

Capitol Records gets its groove back

The Beatles and Beach Boys have always been familiar faces at Capitol Records. But they are, well, old now. The label's future is riding on young talent, including Sam Smith and Katy Perry.

HEALTH
02.10.15

Obama encourages parents to do more to reduce childhood obesity

The first lady spoke at a high school in New York where the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would spend $500 million to get kids to eat healthier foods and exercise more.

SPORTS
02.10.15

The cost to play school sports is rising and fewer students can afford it

School sports have always been a great way to stay in shape, make friends and learn to play on a team. But fewer families can afford the rising costs of fees for equipment and travel.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Alternative gardening where the soil is too salty

Rising sea levels and other climate change events have left Bangladesh's soil unusually salty and unusable. A nonprofit has introduced vertical gardening to some villages with great success.

SCIENCE
02.09.15

Sick, underfed sea lions are washing up in California in record numbers

This is turning out to be another record year for sea lion strandings in California. What is causing the Unusual Mortality Event (UME)? So far experts have lots of theories, but no answers.

KIDS
02.09.15

United Way offers early reading program to poor schools

The charity is donating reading nooks, books and a reading website to get kids reading more.