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NASA's Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Has Awakened

Launched in 2006, New Horizons will awaken this weekend and approach Pluto in the spring and summer of 2015.<p><b>Update, January 29:</b> The countdown to New Horizon's approach is officially on, with the craft already taking pictures for its closest approach in July. There's a counter on NASA's page if you …

Solar System

China's Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

In the remote jungle city of Mong La, endangered animals are sold as aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines, and gastronomic delicacies.<p>MONG LA, Myanmar—In this gaudy mecca of eroticism and greed on the eastern border with China, the cuisine isn't for the squeamish: Many items on the menu, including …

Wildlife

Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn Up?

With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end<p>Last month, six astronauts convened at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to discuss the 2009 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope was in desperate need …

Dick Cheney is in Obama’s head: Why U.S. foreign policy is broken

The American national security machinery seems incapable of handling the single threat it was built to destroy<p>Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great …

In Louisiana, GOP's Cassidy vows to oppose Obama

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy's defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu completes the GOP's takeover of Deep South politics and its national domination of the 2014 midterm elections.<p>But Cassidy, a three-term congressman and physician from Baton Rouge, remains mum on the details of what he …

Mary Landrieu Loses Senate Seat In La. Runoff

Democrat Mary Landrieu was the lone Democrat from the deep south in the Senate. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Emory University professor Andra Gillespie about the changing political landscape of the South.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>Democrats lost one last election yesterday in Louisiana. Rep. Bill …

Dianne Feinstein leaving intelligence job amid clash on tactics report

As head of the<p>SenateIntelligence Committee since 2009, Sen.Dianne Feinsteinhas spent hundreds of hours in secret briefings and seen thousands of pictures from battlefields in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. She keeps two images with her.<p>One shows a little girl wearing a gingham dress, white tights and black …

Cybercrime

Funding bill kicks off Congress' final chapter

GOP riders on the funding bill could bring a veto threat.<p>Don’t worry, Washington. Congress will give you your Christmas and New Year’s back this year — right after some more deadline-induced drama.<p>The House and Senate need to pass a government-funding bill and renew a terrorism insurance program …

THE IMMIGRANT CRACKDOWN

After the U.S. border crisis this summer, the Mexican government implemented a new plan at its southern border. "We are filling up the southeast with tons of people, crime, corrupt authorities. This will explode."<p>TENOSIQUE, Mexico — For migrants at the Casa de Migrante, there’s not much to do but …