Nov 23, 2011

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

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At Thanksgiving, the Makings of a National Feast

State facts about holiday foods. Also, a look at a food drive for poor families in Denver, Colorado | AGRICULTURE REPORT

Volunteers of America is distributing food to the hungry during the Thanksgiving holiday

What It Means to Be a Good Samaritan

Humans may have a biological urge to help others that is even stronger than the modern urge to avoid lawsuits | THIS IS AMERICA

More than 1,000 students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, including freshmen Brian Oliver, left, and Andre Lumpkin, learned basic CPR at a mass training event in 2009

American History: The 1960s, a Decade That Changed a Nation

Folk singers like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan helped give voice to a time of social rebellion | THE MAKING OF A NATION

Folk singer Joan Baez sits at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco in September 1967during the "Summer of Love"

Number of Foreign Students in US Continues to Rise

The latest report shows big increases from China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iran and Venezuela | EDUCATION REPORT

Foreign students at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota, in 2008

Should Anthrax Vaccine Be Tested in Children?

Ten years after the anthrax attacks in the U.S., questions remain, including who was responsible | SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

Postal workers leave District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington after being examined for anthrax infection in October 2001

Tobacco Companies Challenge Efforts in US, Australia

A US judge blocks a new requirement for graphic warning images; Australia moves to limit cigarettes to plain packaging | HEALTH REPORT

Cigarette packs with graphic health pictures on a table at a pub in Sydney,  Australia, in July

Sam Houston, 1793-1863: Statesman, Politician and Soldier (Part 2)

Sam Houston was named the first president of the Republic of Texas in 1839 | PEOPLE IN AMERICA

A painting of Sam Houston from around 1856

Words and Their Stories: How 'Rx' Came to Be

How the symbol came to mean a doctor's prescription | WORDS AND THEIR STORIES

The famous RX symbol

India on Way to Topping US in Internet Users

India could be second to China in less than two years. Also, Africa is the fastest growing mobile market | TECHNOLOGY REPORT

A man sends a text message from his mobile phone at an Internet cafe in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata

A Novel Set in Hurricane Katrina Wins National Book Award

Plus, music from the year-old band Blouse. And a question about the Virginia state motto | AMERICAN MOSAIC

Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award winner for fiction

Microsavings Could Mean Big Gains for the World's Poor

A conference gathers experts to find ways to bring services to those left out of the financial system | ECONOMICS REPORT

Jahan Bano, a microfinance user in India, has a limestone business in a slum in Mumbai

US, Australia Expand Military Cooperation

Officials say the expanded cooperation is aimed at strengthening security in East Asia and the Pacific | IN THE NEWS

President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with American and Australian troops in Darwin

Great Thinkers: Charles Darwin and Evolution

Darwin remains one of history's most influential minds | EXPLORATIONS

Charles Darwin in later life with a long white beard.
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