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IRS Says It Will Treat Bitcoins As Property, Not Currency

In a new rule released on Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service says it will treat bitcoin and other virtual currencies as property.

The Wall Street Journal reports this means any profits made on the currency will be taxed at the capital-gains rate and that investors will have to keep extensive records.

The Journal adds:

She coughs and sometimes burns.

Wal-Mart Recalls 'Cuddle Care' Dolls Because They Can Burn

You had better not cuddle up with the My Sweet Love/My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll from Wal-Mart.

First of all, she gets sick on cue. The battery-powered doll coughs and babbles. Her cheeks flush, too.

You can make her better with a medical kit that includes a syringe, stethoscope and thermometer. After you give her a shot and a spoonful of medicine, she's as good as new.

But it turns out that she could give you symptoms of your own.

Cleanup Continues After Oil Spill Near Houston Ship Channel

The cleanup of an oil spill near the Houston Ship Channel is continuing today, and authorities say they hope to open one of the country's biggest ports this afternoon.

KHOU-TV reports that barge traffic has been allowed to move within the ship channel, but not in nor out of it.

Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, is being pursued by U.S. special forces and African armies. A 2012 video about him became an Internet sensation. The U.S. government has stepped up its hunt for Kony, but the story is attracting much less attention today.

Joseph Kony Is Back In The News. Do Teenagers Still Care?

You can learn from failures as well as successes. The story of the Joseph Kony video provides both.

Two years ago, a 30-minute video about Kony became one of the biggest viral sensations in Internet history, turning a little-known central African warlord — briefly — into a household name among American young people.

Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company has promised to start buying "verified sustainable beef" in 2016.

Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

McDonald's made a big green splash a few months ago by announcing that it will start buying "verified sustainable" beef in 2016.

A chorus of voices responded, "What's 'verified sustainable' beef?"

Karl R. Thompson Tapped To Lead Key Justice Department Unit

Karl R. Thompson has been named to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, an under-the-radar but critically important unit that approves executive branch legal arguments on armed drones, surveillance and other national security issues.

Afghan Special Forces converge on an Independent Election Commission office after the Taliban launched an assault on the compound Tuesday in Kabul. Two suicide bombers detonated their vests outside the offices while gunmen stormed the building.

Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks

Afghanistan's election for a new president is less than two weeks away. That means the candidates are busy campaigning — and the Taliban are busy attacking.

The latest attack came Tuesday morning in Kabul when two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside one of the offices of the Independent Election Commission. Moments later, several gunmen ran inside and waged a three-hour gunbattle with dozens of Afghan police.

A Life Story In 6 Songs — Part 2

Sifting through the hundreds and hundreds of replies to NPR's request – Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life – we rediscover just how meaningful music can be in our lives. And the supermagical powers that some songs possess.

I Want To Hold Your Hand, for example...

A 2004 file photo of the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, as it moves up the Hudson River in New York.

Sailor Fatally Shot Aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer At Va. Base

A sailor was fatally shot aboard a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer docked in the nation's largest naval base late Monday. Naval security forces then killed the civilian suspect.

A statement issued by the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk said the incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. aboard the USS Mahan (DDG 72).

"Naval Station Norfolk was briefly put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes," the statement said. "No other injuries have been reported."

An activist carries a Russian flag during a rally on Sunday in eastern Ukraine.

How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

According to political scientist Kimberly Marten, Russia's decision to annex Crimea from Ukraine may have changed its relationship with the outside world for many years to come.

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