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House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

A congressional panel today released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

The tape was released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, whose members angrily questioned Secret Service Director Joe Clancy about the incident and why additional videos were not preserved and made available to the panel.

Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

Never underestimate the power of a footnote.

When a panel of nutrition scientists tasked with updating the government's guidelines on healthy eating released its 500-plus-page tome on Feb. 19, one particular 52-word footnote threw a wrench into the conventional wisdom on lean meat. It caught the meat industry's eye, and it's created a controversy.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in <em>The X-Files</em> limited series.

Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

Everything old really is new again. Even aliens.

Fox announced today that The X-Files, which ran on television from 1993 until 2002 and was accompanied by feature films in 1998 and 2008, will be back as a six-episode "event series," with production beginning this summer. Creator and Executive Producer Chris Carter will be in charge once again, and yes, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be, too.

A volunteer fighter with a Shiite militant group known as Jihad Brigades fires his weapon during clashes with Islamic State  militants outside Tikrit, Iraq, on Saturday.

U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

The U.S. is providing surveillance flights over the besieged Iraqi city of Tikrit, where militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State remain holed up, protected by a defensive network of explosives and snipers.

NPR's Alice Fordman reports that a senior military official from the U.S.-led coalition against the militants, also known as ISIS, says the U.S. has been conducting reconnaissance missions over Tikrit since Saturday.

Rainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

California's system of direct democracy — the voter initiative process — has produced landmark laws reducing property taxes, banning affirmative action and legalizing medical marijuana.

Now there's a bid to declare that "the people of California wisely command" that gays and lesbians can be killed.

You read that right.

The "Sodomite Suppression Act," as proposed, calls sodomy "a monstrous evil" that should be punishable "by bullets to the head or any other convenient method."

Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.

Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

A heavy workload caused by the Affordable Care Act, government technology limits and staff shortages are causing unusually long delays in filling public records requests, federal health officials say.

The waits in some cases could stretch out a decade or more.

The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to respond to records requests in 20 working days, though providing documents often takes much longer. The FBI, for instance, recently reported that complex requests could average more than two years to fill.

Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.

If he's a nurse anesthetist, he could be making $17,290 a year more than his female counterparts.

Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

Even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing outearned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals.

She's a survivor of MDR-TB — multiple drug resistant tuberculosis. Maria Carmen Castro, 46, of Lima, Peru. Partners In Health treated her — and loaned her money to open a small store: "Because of my TB and thanks to God and Partners in Health now I have my own business," she says.

TB Patients That The World Writes Off Are Getting Cured In Peru

You sure don't want to get tuberculosis. You'll cough a lot, maybe cough up blood, have fever, chills and chest pain. But most cases of the bacterial disease are curable after taking the two first-line drugs for four to six months.

Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

"All slang words are detestable from the lips of ladies," Eliza Leslie said in 1867. She was the author of the Behavior Book, a 19th century etiquette manual published in Philadelphia.

How times have changed. Men and women in contemporary America sling slang around like hash — or like weed. From txt msgs to the Twitterverse, the jargon can be jarring.

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