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Bloom and Bust

They were florists working in Amsterdam’s largest flower market. They were also members of one of the most powerful arms of the Italian mafia. An investigation into how organized crime has gone global.

Steve Scherer | Reuters | Apr 2016
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Voice Of Lucky Charms Leprechaun Dies. Arthur Anderson Was 93

Arthur Anderson was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun for the General Mills breakfast cereal from 1963 to 1992.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Verizon Workers Go On Strike

Nearly 40,000 union workers on the East Coast, who haven't had a contract since August, have walked out. Among other things, they object to outsourcing and two-month location transfers of employees.

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Hot On The Trail Of Alien Moons

Astronomers have found about 2,000 planets beyond our solar system. Now, some scientists are expanding the search to look for distant moons, too, in the hunt for signs of life.

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Chicago Police Task Force Report Calls For Oversight Reform, Admission Of Racism

A report commissioned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel blames racial bias and a "code of silence" for the city's "broken" police system.

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Flint Water Recovery Lagging As Residents Don't Let Tainted Water Run

It may be an expensive answer but experts say if Flint, Mich., residents used more tap water, it would help flush lead-contaminated water from the system.

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As Hollywood Stars Can Attest, It's Good To Be A Man On Payday

Economic data show that men still make a dollar for every 79 cents a woman earns. A half century ago, that figure was just 59 cents. So, much progress has been made, but a large wage gap persists.

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Lost In Translation: Study Finds Interpretation Of Emojis Can Vary Widely

That sweaty smiley face emoji may be positive to some of your friends and negative to others. And depending on who you're texting it may appear entirely different on their device.

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N.C. Governor Signs Order That 'Clarifies' Controversial Gender Identity Bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has issued an executive order that "seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination."

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The Sugar Conspiracy

Fat doesn’t make us fat. So why has science led us to believe otherwise?

Ian Leslie | The Guardian | Apr 2016
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Forget Starships: New Proposal Would Use 'Starchips' To Visit Alpha Centauri

Physicist Stephen Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner have announced a $100 million mission to prepare for interstellar exploration — with a stamp-sized spacecraft, light sails and enormous lasers.

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5 Reasons Why The IMF Says Global Economic Growth Is Slowing

In January, International Monetary Fund's economists thought the global economy would grow 3.4 percent this year, but now they've back ratcheted that forecast.

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Young Arabs Reject ISIS, Worry About Lack Of Jobs, Poll Finds

A survey of 3,500 Arab youths in the Middle East and North Africa found that most say ISIS is the biggest obstacle facing the Middle East. The threat of terrorism and cost of living are also concerns.

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'Stairway To Heaven' Plagiarism Suit Heads To Trial

A lawsuit claims that Led Zeppelin perpetrated a "falsification of Rock n' Roll History." A federal judge dismissed that part of the plaintiff's case.

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The Strange Case of the Woman Who Can’t Remember Her Past—Or Imagine Her Future

Susie Mc­Kinnon cannot hold a grudge. She is unfamiliar with the feeling of regret and oblivious to aging. She has no core memories. And yet she knows who she is.

Erika Hayasaki | Wired | Apr 2016
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Top Stories: Boko Haram Uses Child Bombers; New Vatican Ambassador To U.S.

Also: Hail the size of grapefruit falls in the Dallas area; federal health officials fear Zika is "scarier than initially thought"; and some Warhol Campbell Soup paintings are stolen in Missouri.

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Pope Francis Replaces Ambassador Who Arranged Kim Davis Meeting

The move had been anticipated since the exiting nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 earlier this year.

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Boko Haram Increasingly Using Children In 'Suicide' Attacks, UNICEF Says

Child "suicide bombings" by the Nigeria-based militant group have risen from four in 2014 to 44 last year, the U.N. program says. Most of the children were girls.

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Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

Gary Rivlin | Mother Jones | Mar 2011
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Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps

The Democracy Spring coalition of progressive groups called on legislators to replace caps on campaign donations, fix the Voting Rights Act and end gerrymandering. At least 400 were arrested.

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