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The MagicalButter food truck is called The Samich.

The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

Out There On The Ice: An Intimate View Of The Melting Antarctic Sheet

Two groups of scientists have reported that the melting of the giant West Antarctica Ice Sheet appears to be unstoppable. Oceans could rise several feet in the coming centuries because of its melting. Glaciologist Sridhar Anandakrishnan has devoted his scientific life to those Antarctic glaciers, studying them for nearly three decades, and he comments on the recent news.

Student Protests Force A String Of Commencement Speaker Shake-ups

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has bowed out as the commencement speaker at Smith College. Her withdrawal, a response to student protests, is just the latest high-profile commencement speech dropout.

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Ras Baraka Rises To Mantle Of Newark's New Mayor

The Times Announces Surprise Change Of Management

A monument to Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom in Moscow. Gazprom has dramatically increased the price it charges Ukraine in recent months.

Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bullseye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.

Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.

Former President Bill Clinton answers questions Wednesday from Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington.

Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Bill Clinton says he was "dumbfounded" by Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton's brain. But the former president was hardly left speechless.

"First they say she was faking her concussion, now they say she's auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead," Clinton said on Wednesday when asked about Rove's remark that Hillary may have suffered "brain damage" from a fall in 2012.

A Taiwanese bicycle factory in Ho Chi Minh City burns after mobs angered over Chinese moves in the South China Sea mistakenly targeted the facility, thinking it was Chinese owned.

Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

Mobs in southern Vietnam — angered by China's placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters — have torched scores of foreign-owned factories. Meanwhile, Beijing has reportedly begun construction on an airstrip in an island chain also claimed by the Philippines.

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'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

This story was updated at 3:42 p.m.

The New York Times is replacing Executive Editor Jill Abramson with Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor.

Abramson, who took the top spot at the newspaper in 2011, was the first woman to hold that job.

Actress Joan Gardner was a beautiful sleeper. But she probably wasn't a lucid dreamer. The ability is quite rare.

Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Oh, to be a lucid dreamer!

To be fast asleep at 3:30 a.m. and then realize: I'm in a dream. I can walk up these stairs, jump off the porch and start flying. Why not? It's a dream.

Lucid dreams have lit up the big screen in movies, such as Pan's Labyrinth and Inception. But the ability to control dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams, is quite rare in real life.

Now German neuroscientists have taken a step toward giving this elusive power to some run-of-the mill dreamers.

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