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—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist

 

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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:52:00 -0400
By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station. 
Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:12:00 -0400
House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy, R-S.C., became head of a special Benghazi committee. 
A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:09:00 -0400
An innovative program seeks to fight persistent poverty by helping a struggling family navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many people poor. 
Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:42:00 -0400
To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems. 
Vikings Allow Adrian Peterson Back Without Suspension  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:32:00 -0400
Melissa Block talks with Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Chip Scoggins about how fans in Minnesota are reacting to the Vikings decision to allow running back Adrian Peterson to play. 
American Doctor In Libera Calls U.S. Ebola Response Plan 'Outstanding'  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:19:49 -0400
Melissa Block talks to Dr. Timothy Flanigan in Liberia about President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will ramp up aid efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak. 
Ebola Outbreak Presents Special Challenges For U.S. Military  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:19:49 -0400
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a larger U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that will put 3,000 troops on the front line. What can the military can provide and how quickly they can do it? 
U.S. To Send 3,000 Troops To West Africa To Aid In Ebola Epidemic  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:19:49 -0400
On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will send more military personnel and resources to Africa to fight the deadly virus. 
Calpers Pulls Public Employee Pensions Out Of Hedge Funds  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:12:00 -0400
Calpers says the investment proved to be too complex and not worth the expenses. 
Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:11 -0400
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday. 
LA Heat Wave Triggers Record Demand For Electricity  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:00 -0400
It's very hot in Los Angeles. Authorities have asked people to set their air conditioners at no cooler than 78 degrees, some people are without power and the elephants at the LA Zoo are turning to popsicles to cool off. 
When Patients Set Science's Research Agenda, Who Loses?  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:00 -0400
Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads. 
Americans Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:05:57 -0400
Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks. 
Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:46:00 -0400
With 40 percent of college students binge drinking, efforts to get students to drink less may seem futile. But something as simple as encouraging beer stores to quit selling ping-pong balls can help. 
BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:26:00 -0400
A legal filing tied to the company's Gulf oil spill case was supposed to have been capped at 35 pages. But lawyers for BP got a little creative with the spacing. 
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