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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:31:08 -0400
Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out. 
As Ferguson Protests Wind Down, Residents Want Outrage Channeled  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:02:00 -0400
Protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown are getting smaller. Some in Ferguson are trying to morph the protests into an effort to push specific policy changes in the city's police department. 
After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:02:00 -0400
The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives. 
U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:39:00 -0400
Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return. 
The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:32:00 -0400
The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened. 
Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:30:00 -0400
One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles. 
Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:28:00 -0400
The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest. 
American Reportedly Fighting Alongside Extremists In Syria Dies  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:31:00 -0400
The White House says it was aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in Syria, though it did not confirm he was fighting with the Islamic State. The terrorist group claims McCain died in battle. 
Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:02:00 -0400
Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops. 
Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0400
Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting. 
High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:19:00 -0400
Several factors — from a virus sweeping through hog barns to a drought in the Plains states — have driven up the price of pork and beef. But consumers keep buying it. 
VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:13:00 -0400
President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets. 
Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:04:00 -0400
The president has approved surveillance flights over Syria to search for targets for possible airstrikes. But critics of the administration say that may not be enough. 
VA Deputy Secretary On Wait Times: 'We Owe The American People An Apology'  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0400
Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities. 
A Map To The Roots Of Ferguson's Civic Unrest  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:33:13 -0400
Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Colin Gordon, a history professor at the University of Iowa, about how the map of St. Louis County reveals some of the sources for the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo.