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For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority

Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.

A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill, but won't pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

Even when monkeys were near death, an Ebola treatment called ZMapp was able to save them. The drug has been used in a few people, but the limited supply has been exhausted.

California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill

The bill states that students on college campuses would need "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance would not constitute consent.

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev was sending a bill to parliament to get the process rolling. Meanwhile, NATO held an emergency meeting to discuss further Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory.

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