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Florida Fact Box

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are some facts about Florida: The southeastern U.S. state, a popular destination for retirees and tourists, was hit hard by the housing foreclosure crisis and saw home values plummet. The unemployment rate is nearly 10 percent, while the national jobless rate is 8.5 percent. The state has a population of more than 19 million […]

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Pearl Harbor Fact Box

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pearl Harbor Fact Box – 130 vessels of the U.S. Pacific fleet were anchored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. – 7:55 a.m. the first wave of Japanese aircraft arrived. – 8:10 a.m. the USS Arizona exploded after an armor piercing shell struck the forward ammunition magazine. – 1,177 U.S. sailors and marines on […]

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Vice President Biden Turkey and Greece Trip Highlights

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Vice President Biden’s trip to Turkey and Greece is scheduled for later this week. The White House has announced a tentative schedule of events and topics of discussion: Friday, the Vice President will meet with Turkish leaders in Ankara. -Discussions will focus on continued U.S. support in the fight against PKK terrorism. The discussions will […]

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Previous Trips to Mars

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United States’ Mariner 4 probe was launched in 1964 and took the first ever close-up images of the Mars’ surface. A few years later the then Soviet Union launched a series of modules that orbited Mars. In 1975, the United States launched the Viking probes, which both landed on Mars’ surface and transmitted color […]

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Details of Arab League’s Plan for Syria

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Here is a breakdown of the Arab League’s proposal to curb the bloodshed in Syria agreed to on Wednesday: * The Syrian government agrees to withdraw security forces from the streets. * Pro-government forces will cease their violent crackdown on demonstrators. * Syria will release political prisoners arrested in the uprisings. * The president’s representatives […]

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UN Seen as “Soft Target” for Attacks

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations offices and personnel have often been attacked by terrorists — leading Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to caution Friday that the world body is increasingly perceived as a “soft,” or easy, target. Earlier this year Mr. Ban urged U.N. members to ratify a protocol that would extend legal protection for U.N. staff to all operations […]

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Basics on First Outbreak of Rare and Virulent Strain

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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International health organizations are providing new information about a rare, virulent strain of deadly bacteria, as authorities try to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Here are some facts: E. coli and how it is transmitted; E. coli is an abbreviation for Escherichia, which is a large and diverse group of bacteria. Most strains are […]

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