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U.S. Marine Sgt. Robert Scoggin gets a vaccination against smallpox in 2003 at Camp Pendleton in California — one of the final steps before deployment overseas.

Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

The World Health Organization is revisiting a question that's been the subject of intense debate for decades: whether to destroy the only known samples of the smallpox virus.

Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts in order to preserve items cherished by individual lawmakers.

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Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine

After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C.

Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn

NPR announced the selection of a new CEO. His name is Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio disc jockey and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years. The appointment of Mohn follows last year's departure of Gary Knell, who left NPR to run the National Geographic Society.

A lab technician lighting a fire in a wind tunnel at a fire lab in Riverside, Calif.

Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

As fire managers in the drought-stricken Southwest gear up for another long and expensive wildfire season, federal fire scientists are trying to better understand the physics behind what makes blazes spread.

At a U.S. Forest Service fire lab in Riverside, Calif., a team of scientists is conducting daily experiments over the next few months on different fire behavior conditions. They hope to hand off their findings to fire managers, who have to make the quick decisions on where to deploy resources that could protect lives and property.

Levante's Pape Diop gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atlético Madrid on Sunday.

Spain Fines Team Of Racist Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

Days after a banana was thrown at a black soccer player in Spain, igniting an uproar over racism in European sports, a new controversy has erupted over how to punish racist fans.

Richard Parsons

NBA Picks Dick Parsons As Interim CEO Of Los Angeles Clippers

The National Basketball Association has named a new interim CEO for the Los Angeles Clippers: It's Richard Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO who was also a chairman of Citigroup.

David Aldridge of NBA.com first reported on the appointment.

There was a time when teens would spend hours on the phone gabbing with friends. Now, that's the stodgiest behavior imaginable.

Not-So-Social Media: Why People Have Stopped Talking On Phones

Emma Wisniewski felt exposed. The New York-based actress had moments where she had to open up in a way that made her feel particularly vulnerable.

She had to talk on the phone. In front of people — her fellow actors and the audience.

"I've done several plays now that required talking on landlines, and what always strikes me is the relatively public nature of it," she says.

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