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Iranian students climb over the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution, Nov. 4, 1979. The students went on to seize the embassy staff, and hold 52 of them as hostages for 444 days.

Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.

It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.

A warning sign at the old Kerr-McGee uranium mill site is shown on Dec. 20, 2007 near Grants, N.M. This week, the Justice Department announced a $5 billion settlement against Kerr-McGee to pay for the cleanup of its toxic sites.

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.

Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.

The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...

And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at the top eating more middle-sized creatures in the middle, that eat many, many, many little creatures at the bottom, like so:

Afghan queue outside a polling station in Kabul on Saturday.

Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Line Up To Vote

Afghans are lining up to vote for a new president Saturday despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

It will be be the first democratic transfer of power for for the nation. President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a third under the constitution.

The Taliban launched a number of attacks that killed dozens during the weeks before the election, but no major violence has been reported since polls opened.

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.

Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Drone Strikes That Killed Americans

A federal judge dismissed (pdf) a case that challenged the Obama administration's targeted killing of three Americans in Yemen.

Nasser Al-Awlaki sued administration officials personally for the killing of his son and al-Qaida cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, his grandson and another American. His lawyers argued the administration violated the targets' constitutional right to due process and protection from unlawful search and seizures.

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