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Black Bean & Toasted Corn Tacos

1. Bring beans, salsa, garlic, and 1 tsp. cumin to a simmer in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft. Remove …

Two Chinese Red Pandas Play In the Snow At The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Two gorgeous Chinese red pandas happily play with one another in the snow at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. According to Thane Maynard, the …

Narrowly Selective Transparency: Susan Sontag on Photography vs. the Other Arts

<i>“The picture of life contrasted with the fact of life… All that is really peculiar to humanity … proceeds from this one faculty or power,”</i> early photography advocate Frederick Douglass observed in contemplating the power of “aesthetic force.” But what is it that lends photography its singular power …

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Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

<i>“Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief,”</i> Umberto Eco wrote in his illustrated meditation on imaginary places. …

The Beginning of Everything -- The Big Bang

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Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui

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Hezbollah vows to retaliate against alleged Israeli air strike in Lebanon

Attack on Hezbollah border position would be first inside Lebanese territory since start of the conflict in Syria<p>Hezbollah has vowed to retaliate after accusing Israel of launching an air strike at one of its positions near the border with Syria this week.<p>The attack on Monday, which Israel has not …

NASA Has Discovered 715 New Planets

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>NASA's Kepler mission, which has been searching the skies for Earth-like planets since 2009, has …

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Confederate submarine made history 150 years ago

On a clear, moonlight night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship.<p>A century and a half later -- and nearly a decade and a half after the sub was …

U.S. News | Latest National News, Videos & Photos

The woman has been caught several times in stowaway incidents.<p>Spectators can expect massive security measures for the big game in …

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Snowden's Leaks About NSA Lead To Awards For 4 Reporters

The four reporters who broke the first stories about former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's revelations are among those being honored with 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism.<p>Long Island University, which established the awards in 1949, says that "Glenn Greenwald, Ewen …

'Killer heroin' causing fatal overdoses throughout East

On an icy night last month, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.<p>Hours later, the man was found dead in the bathroom with a needle still in his arm, authorities said. They believe …

'Shameless' Belgian PM appears topless on television

Belgium's PM joins Vladimir Putin to show off his torso in topless photos<p>Elio Di Rupo, Belgium's Prime Minister, has joined Vladimir Putin, the Russian President in appearing topless in pictures that show off his physique.<p>There the similarities end.<p>Mr Di Rupo is the first openly gay man to become a …

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Monster asteroid whizzes by Earth

So many people watched a live stream of the asteroid's passing that the website showing it crashed several times<p>Earth had a close encounter Monday evening as an asteroid as big as three football fields whizzed by at 27,000 mph.<p>The asteroid was never considered a threat. The closest it came to Earth …

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Got Road Salt? Cities Across The Country Are Running Out Of It

You know you have a widespread problem when Milwaukee fights road ice with cheese brine, New Jersey breaks out the pickle juice, and New York, a major salt producer, declares a shortage.<p>The waves of snowstorms in much of the country have exhausted supplies of rock salt, the main tool that road …

Clinton skirts fight on surveillance

Last September, Hillary Clinton strode to a podium in Philadelphia to deliver what she advance-billed as a policy speech addressing the roiling controversy over government surveillance in a digital era.<p>“We are once again in the middle of some big, noisy debates. What are the demands of America’s …

Italy's strict drug law goes up in smoke | Italy

<b>Rome, Italy</b> - <b></b>Wearing marijuana leaf-masks and dancing in front of sound systems blasting reggae music, thousands of pro-legalisation activists gathered in Rome on February 8, hailing the decision of Italy's Constitutional Court to examine a law that harshly punished marijuana possessors and …

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Inside The Ethiopian Airlines Hijacking Terror

A desperate co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and diverted his Boeing 767 to Switzerland with 164 people aboard—the eighth such hijacking on …

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Catherine Samba-Panza sworn in as CAR interim president

Country's first female leader vows to work towards peace and unity, a day after looters pillage Muslim districts of capital<p>Central African Republic's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, took the oath of office on Thursday and pledged to bring peace and unity to the country, after looters …