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Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly

After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

How much does sexual orientation matter to voters in rural Pennsylvania? Incumbent Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. But he's not out of the race yet: He won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

Soldiers returning from the Pacific wave from the deck of the USS General Mitchell on Dec. 11, 1945. Much of the health care demand in the VA system is from veterans of earlier wars.

VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

More than 2.5 million veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they qualify for health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These recent vets have been putting in for more service-related conditions than previous generations, for everything from PTSD and brain injury, to the bad knees, bad backs and bad hearing that nearly every new vet seems to have.

A British scientific panel has been reviewing treatments for mitochondrial disease that involve using material from two women and one man with the goal of producing a healthy baby.

1 Baby, 3 Parents: Scientists Say Due Date Is In Two Years

A new medical technique that could prevent mitochondrial disease would also create babies with three parents, a British health agency says. Officials say the time is coming for a technique that would use material from two women and one man to produce a healthy embryo.

"I think that [two years] is not a bad estimation," Robin Lovell-Badge of the Medical Research Council tells the BBC. "The other sorts of experiments that we thought were necessary, again it will take about two years to complete all of those."

Chester Nez, one of 29 Navajo "Code Talkers" whose language skills thwarted the Japanese military in World War II, is shown in a November 2009 photo. Nez died on Wednesday.

Last Of The Navajo 'Code Talkers' Dies At 93

The last of the Navajo "Code Talkers" who used their native language as the basis of a cipher that confounded the Japanese military during World War II has died at age 93.

Chester Nez, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Wednesday of kidney failure, member station KPCC reports. He was the last of the 29 U.S. Marine Code Talkers who were the subject of the 2002 film Windtalkers, starring Nicolas Cage.

Hydroponic tomatoes are now just as tasty as tomatoes grown outside in perfect summer conditions, scientists say.

Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Peak tomato season — July through September here on the East Coast — is almost upon us, and the anticipation is palpable. Before we know it, those super sweet, juicy fruits, grown outdoors under the hot sun, will be back in abundance.

We tend to fetishize summer tomatoes, especially heirloom varieties like Brandywine and Cherokee Purple, and regard them as the pinnacle of tomato flavor.

Princess Letizia of Spain, who is soon to become the queen, attends an arts ceremony in Madrid on Dec. 10, 2013. The Spanish monarchy's approval rating is at an all-time low, but she is considered popular and often appears on the cover of fashion magazines.

Move Over, Kate Middleton, For Spain's 'Middle-Class Queen'

Europe's newest queen-to-be is a former CNN anchor and a divorcée who will be the first commoner ever to grace the Spanish throne.

Kory Watkins, a coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County, and his wife, Janie, gather for a demonstration in Haltom City, Texas. The NRA posted a statement calling this kind of open carry rally counterproductive; on Tuesday, they retracted it.

NRA Retracts Statement Calling Open Carry Rallies 'Downright Weird'

A few days after posting a criticism of "open carry" rallies, the National Rifle Association says the statement reflected a staffer's opinion, not the stance of the organization, reports member station KERA.

The Thai Protest That's Straight From 'The Hunger Games'

Opponents of last month's coup in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games movies and books as their symbol of resistance to the military takeover. The protests so far have been relatively small. But they seem to be, well, catching fire.

Photos of protesters defiantly flashing the salute have been circulating widely on social media. The military, meanwhile, has been flooding the streets in an attempt to discourage any large scale demonstrations.

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel has a slight lead over six-term GOP Sen. Thad Cochran in the state's Republican Senate primary.

Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

In mid-May, many political observers in Washington and elsewhere were declaring the Tea Party dead after it had lost every major Republican primary it contested this spring. I know, I am one of them.

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