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Hundreds of adult wood storks gather on the tops of trees at the the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:18

The Gullah people, who are descendants of West African slaves, want to return to land the U.S. government took away during WWII. But the land has been a wildlife refuge for 40 years.

A team of archaeologists and anthropologists work on identifying remains at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid. They believe they've found the 400-year-old grave of the author of <em>Don Quixote</em>.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:07

Almost 400 years after his death, researchers have found bone fragments that seem to match what they know about the celebrated author's burial.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:02

The investigation started with a sergeant accused of wire fraud and other federal charges. It has expanded to involve offensive messages and more than a dozen officers.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:43

The Syrian government said it shot down the drone. A Pentagon official said though it wasn't clear that had happened, the claim was being investigated.

Brazilian mothers in Sao Paulo take part in a demonstration for the right to breast-feed in public.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:36

A study that followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood found those who were breast-fed had slightly higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

A gourd of yerba mate. Legend has it that the moon gifted this infusion to the Guaraní people of South America.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:59

Legend has it the moon gifted this drink to the Guaraní people of South America. It was banned by the colonial government. The Jesuits made it their most profitable crop. Oh, and the pope drinks it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and Asian leaders approved an agreement on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing in Oct., 2014. European countries are beginning to sign up too.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:22

Germany, Italy, and France have become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, one week after the U.K. joined. The U.S. says there's no need for another international lending institution.

Reginald Britt first moved into the Taft Houses, a public housing complex in East Harlem, in 1976
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:21

Many New York public housing residents once trusted the police who patrolled their communities. Since an officer killed an unarmed man in public housing, some are pressing to change police tactics.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:15

Genetic differences explain more of the wide variation in drinking habits among people with low incomes, while higher-income people tended to drink alike.

Ellen Pao, a former partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, says women were excluded from all-male meetings at the company and denied seats on boards. The firm says she was fired for poor performance.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:58

Ellen Pao was vying to be one of the few women at the top of the venture capital world. Then she was fired. Now she's suing, in an industry where women often say they are sidelined and passed over.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:51

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:46

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh faces charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State and obstruction of justice. He is expected to plead not guilty.

Memory from Malawi, left, and Achie from Ethiopia became best friends in a New York minute.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:29

Memory from Malawi and Achie from Ethiopia met at the U.N. last week. Now they're best friends in real life and on Facebook, bound by their determination to build a better world for girls.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:22

Citing both potential harm to society and a 2007 law, Thailand's Culture Ministry warns women to resist a trend of taking photos that focus on the midriff and the lower portion of their breasts.

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., talks to reporters on Feb. 6. The congressman, whose spending habits have come under heavy scrutiny, resigned Tuesday effective March 31.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:21

The 33-year-old Republican had come under heavy scrutiny. In a statement, he said that "the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction."

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