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Same-sex spouses in the military will receive full benefits despite federal law

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.<p>In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans defines "spouse" to mean a …

Feds Slash Colorado River Release to Historic Lows

The Bureau of Reclamation has reduced the amount of water that can be released from Lake Powell at Glen Canyon Dam, which serves much of the West in the Colorado River Basin, thanks to drought.<p><b>A "No Fishing" sign sits improbably along a dry desert road in Nevada. The largest man-made reservoir in</b> …

Newly Discovered Carnivore Looks Like Teddy Bear

In "incredibly rare" find, scientists discover animal in Andean cloud forests.<p><b>A fuzzy fog-dweller with a face like a teddy bear is the first carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, a new study says.</b><p>The 2-pound (0.9-kilogram) creature, called an olinguito, didn't make …

N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

Ancient North Americans gouged elaborate rock art into a heap of big boulders northeast of Reno, Nev., more than 10,000 years ago and perhaps 15,000 years ago. That makes the carvings the oldest known petroglyphs on the continent, according to a paper published in the <i>Journal of Archaeological</i> …

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Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country

Immigrant and farm worker rights groups came from Los Angeles to Bakersfield, Calif., by the busload this week. Bakersfield, in the state's Central Valley, is farm country, and immigration is a complex issue here.<p>The groups were converging on the home of the third-most powerful Republican in the …

Professor Sugata Mitra On Teaching Spelling And Grammar: Phones Have Made It Unnecessary

Well, this is an opinion you don’t often hear in the education world.<p>Acclaimed professor and educational researcher Sugata Mitra suggested in an interview with British education magazine TES that he no longer thinks it's entirely necessary for kids to learn spelling and grammar. He credits the …