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7:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

A Clear And Present Danger: How Glass Kills Birds

Experts say glass buildings kill millions of birds every year. Scientists at Powdermill Avian Research Center are studying ways to help prevent this. Here, a volunteer tags a black hooded warbler in Rector, Pa., in May.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 9:05 am

First of a two-part series. Read Part 2.

Modern architecture loves glass. Glass makes interiors brighter and adds sparkle to cityscapes. But glass also kills millions of birds every year when they collide with windows. Biologists say as more glass buildings go up, more birds are dying.

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2012 olYmpics
7:51 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Let's Catch Up: London Abuzz Over Women's Soccer; Alternate Medal Count

Chinese trampoline gold medalist Dong Dong competes in London. An analysis by Yahoo finds that China's Olympians outpace their U.S. counterparts in judged competitions, such as trampoline and diving.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 6:48 am

Good morning. Only five days remain in the Summer Games, and China leads the United States in the medal count, with a total of 73 (34 gold) to America's 71 (30 gold). Here's other news that caught our eye this morning:

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Election 2012
6:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:14 pm

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent.

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The Torch
4:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

With Leo Manzano's Silver, U.S. Claims First 1,500 Medal Since 1968

Leonel Manzano of the United States celebrates after winning silver in the Men's 1500m Final at Olympic Stadium in London.
Quinn Rooney Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 7:11 pm

Leo Manzano, 27, came from behind with a last-minute kick to claim silver in the men's 1,500-meter final, today. That's no small feat for the Mexican-born American runner: He is the first American to medal in the metric mile since Jim Ryun won a silver in 1968.

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2012 OLYmpics
4:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Photos of day 11 from the Olympics

Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina compete in the duets free routine final during the synchronized swimming competition. The pair won the event.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:54 pm

Photo highlights from today's Olympic action feature women's synchronized swimming, women's gymnastics, several track and field events, and men's weightlifting.

Want to see yesterday's photos? Click here.

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The Torch
4:33 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Women's Beach Volleyball Final Will Be All-American Affair

Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. celebrates at the end of the women's beach volleyball semifinal with Kerri Walsh Jennings (in the background) against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi. USA won 2-0.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:12 pm

The United States will have at least two shiny new medals no matter what happens tomorrow at the women's beach volleyball final.

After defeating China (2-0) and Brazil (2-1), today, the two American teams advanced to the finals, setting up an all-American match. It means the U.S. will receive a gold and silver.

ABC News reports:

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wildfires
4:06 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hot spell heats up Northwest wildfire activity

The Springs Fire is is about two miles east of Banks along Highway 17. Photo via InciWeb

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:32 pm

Prolonged hot and dry weather is amping up wildfire activity across the inland Northwest. At the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center in Portland, spokeswoman Carol Connolly says here in early August we're at a turning point in fire season.

"Typically, we'll see these grass fires in early summer. We're right on target for the kind of crossover. We still see those range and grass fires, but I think we're going to start seeing those timber fires as we continue to get more lightning activity."

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Japanese Tsunami debris
12:34 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Tsunami debris clean-up costs mounting in NW

This refrigerator with Japanese labels was found on Long Beach on July 5. Photo courtesy of Shelly Pollock

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:38 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The costs of cleaning up Japanese tsunami debris along Northwest coasts are adding up. Oregon says it's reached the half-million dollar mark. And officials say debris is now being spotted in unexpected places.

Tsunami debris. It's not just for ocean beaches anymore.

"This stuff's coming into rivers now," says Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department.

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2012 olympics
12:18 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Equestrian group clears way for cloned horses in Olympics

A cloned foal named "ET Cryozootech Stallion" stands with Hugo Simon, Austrian former Olympic rider of "princeps" (initial donor) ET. The main equestrian organization has ended its ban on clones in the Olympics
Laurent Cipriani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 12:17 pm

Will the London 2012 Games be remembered as the last Olympics of the pre-clone era? The answer is maybe — because the group that oversees equestrian events has given its OK to allowing cloned horses to compete in the Summer Olympics.

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The Torch
11:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Aly Raisman Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win Olympic Gold In Floor Exercise

Gymnast Aly Raisman became the first American woman to win a gold in the floor exercise, with her victory at the London 2012 Games.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:23 am

U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman has won the gold medal in the women's floor exercise at the London 2012 Games. Her powerful routine garnered a score of 15.600 — enough to beat the 15.200 of Romania's Catalina Ponor, who turned in a technically strong performance.

Russia's Aliya Mustafina took bronze, with 14.900. American Jordyn Wieber finished seventh, with a 14.500 score.

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2012 olympics
6:43 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Let's catch up: Australia's quiet summer, and a U.S. invasion

Triathlon gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Britain (right) and silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain lie on the ground after crossing the finish line in the London Games.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 6:08 am

Good morning. A lot has been happening in London, where the Summer Games are in their eleventh day. Here's a rundown of the news that caught our eye:

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Books
6:20 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Top 100 Teen Books

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 1:14 pm

More than 75,000 ballots were cast in our annual summer reader's survey — click here to see the full list of 100 books, complete with links and descriptions. Below is a printable list of the top 100 winners. And for even more great reads, check out the complete list of 235 finalists.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

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100 Best Books
6:20 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Your Favorites: 100 best-ever teen novels

Harriet Russell

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:50 am

It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.

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2012 OLYmpics
8:53 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Photos Of Day 10 From The Olympics

U.S. forward Abby Wambach celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick during the semifinal match against Canada. The U.S. team won 4-3.
Paul Ellis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:58 pm

Photo highlights from today's Olympic action feature women's gymnastics, several track and field events, women's boxing and men's Greco-Roman wrestling.

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

NASA Releases First Full-Resolution Photographs From Mars Curiosity

This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover — its main science target, Mount Sharp.
NASA's Curiosity

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:44 pm

The Mars rover Curiosity safely landed on the Red Planet and NASA has received its first dispatches: A stunning full resolution look at Mount Sharp and a dramatic low-resolution video of its landing.

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