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Medics surround a wounded U.S. soldier as he arrives at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:07

In Iraq and Afghanistan, Army medics got really good at treating wounded troops. Scientists want to adapt these new technologies and tricks to help injured people in poor countries.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.: "Sometimes I just buy birthday cakes, and I eat them."
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:04

The freshman senator from Arkansas, who wrote the letter to Iran and rallied 46 other Republicans to object to a nuclear deal, revealed his guilty pleasure: eating birthday cake nearly every day.

A recent study shows that there was almost a 45 percent increase in university-level enrollment in Korean language classes between 2009 and 2013.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:48

Overall, college students aren't enrolling in foreign language classes as much as they used to. But more people are enrolling in Korean language classes.

Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, left, and Secretary of State, John Kerry wait for the start of a trilateral meeting at an hotel in Lausanne in March.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:10

In an interview with NPR, Ernest Moniz says the deal has expanded the time it would take Iran to make a bomb significantly — from two months to a year.

The moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn Thursday in a June 2011 eclipse.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:06

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

"I'm doing something. You know people can complain about the government all you want, but you see very few people actually doing something," Ryan Shepard said of running for president.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:47

Most of the official candidates for president so far are unknown to the typical voter. Turns out, it's not hard to do.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:52

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

Jelly Belly has developed a champagne-flavored bean, but don't expect an alcoholic kick from this candy.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:30

Some 16 billion jelly beans are consumed every year in the U.S. alone, and every year new flavors hit the market. But the origins of the popular confection are "lost in the mists of time."

The big question hanging over the U.S. economy: Did job growth just take a rest during the harsh winter, or is it shifting to a much slower pace?
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:03

On Friday, economists were left scrambling to explain why last month's employment growth was just half as good as they expected. Many fingers pointed at the harsh weather, along with port disruptions.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:34

Hundreds of times a year, civilians accuse military personnel of sexual assault. The cases can wind up in the military justice system, where many victims say they are at a big disadvantage.

With the Xi Jinping app, you can read about the Chinese president's love of soccer and his recipe for progress in reform, economic development, rule of law and party governance.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:29

The man sometimes describes as China's most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong now has an app that lets you read about Xi's love of soccer and learn all about his "Four Comprehensives."

A community worker teaches fishermen about staying healthy.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:19

From free, universal care to for-profit hospitals, China has tried out radically different health care systems in the past 60 years. So what works — and doesn't work — for 1.3 billion people?

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:10

Revisions to the measures in Indiana and Arkansas were prompted by a loud backlash from opponents who said the laws were meant to condone discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Passengers go to the Nanchang railway station in eastern China in February 2014, at the end of the Chinese New Year holiday. In the past, it was often the only time of year that migrant workers were able to return home. Now, economic pressures on factories in coastal China have led to a reversal of a decades-long migration of workers from inland to the coast.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:03

In the past, rural Chinese seeking success left their families and found work on the coast. Now, high wages mean factories are shifting inland and migrants are delighted to be following them home.

Sarah Thomas calls holding during a preseason game between the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints in 2013.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:18

Sarah Thomas has officiated football games in the NCAA and for the NFL's preseason and training camps. For the 2015 NFL season, she'll reportedly work full time at the game's highest level.

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