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"Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art."

—John Ruskin (1819-1900) British writer, art critic, Modern Painters

 

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20 Million Gallons Later, UCLA Water Main Finally Plugged  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:54:00 -0400
The 93-year-old main burst earlier this week, spewing water into a parking garage on campus. 
How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0400
A trip to an underground Air Force nuclear bunker becomes a unexpectedly delicious culinary experience. Just don't order the gravy bowl. 
What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:12:00 -0400
Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame. 
With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:57 -0400
Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled. 
In Kansas City, Obama Brushes Off House GOP's Vote To Sue Him  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama. 
New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
Under new bipartisan legislation, colleges and universities could face strong new penalties for mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. Critics question whether they can be implemented. 
Groundwater Is Drying Up Fast Under Western States, Study Finds  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
The Colorado River Basin, which supplies irrigation and groundwater for most of the West, is drying up faster than expected. Part of the problem is a drought-driven over-reliance on groundwater. 
Milwaukee Neighborhood Rallies To Put Young Boys On The Right Path  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
Activists are trying to teach boys the value of hard work and respect through neighborhood cleanups and mentoring sessions. The community pays the boys $20 for four hours of work. 
Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
Placing prosecutors in a neighborhood instead of a courtroom is a different kind of "law and order." A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime. 
Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma?  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:07:00 -0400
Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma. 
Bankrupt California City May Turn To Taxing Pot  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:00 -0400
San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is wasting money fighting marijuana sales, says the city attorney. Better to regulate pot, end the black market — and collect taxes. 
House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:45:00 -0400
The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors. 
House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:48:00 -0400
House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt." 
Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:33:00 -0400
A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan." 
Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:54:00 -0400
Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth. 
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