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12:54 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Feds Interview New Witnesses In Polar Bear Probe

Two polar bears spar on the shoreline of the Hudson Bay in November 2007.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Federal agents interviewed new witnesses this week in an ongoing investigation of government scientists that's been called "polar bear-gate," according to the scientists' lawyer.

The controversial probe, now entering its third year, is looking into allegations of scientific misconduct related to a 2006 report by wildlife researchers Charles Monnett and Jeffrey Gleason, who described seeing dead polar bears floating in Arctic waters.

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12:43 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Foreign Policy: What Afghanistan's 1 Percent Thinks

An elderly Afghan man stands with his wheelbarrow in Kabul on April 3, 2012. Afghans are increasingly concerned about security.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 6:46 am

Karen Leigh is a Berlin-based journalist contributing to TIME and other publications.

Near a busy intersection where burqa-clad women beg for spare change at car windows, Mahmoud Saikal, Afghanistan's former deputy foreign minister, sat under a photo of this capital city's crowded hillside neighborhoods in the stately living room of his compound.

"If you are from Kabul," he says, "you can find your place of birth in this photo."

It's the only landscape not changing in Afghanistan.

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It's All Politics
12:43 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The (Very) Long Goodbye: Why Some Candidates Can't Stop Running

After Mitt Romney's sweep Tuesday of primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Rick Santorum declared: "It's halftime" in the race for the GOP nomination. Santorum is shown here at a March 31 event in Pewaukee, Wis.
Brian Kersey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 8:56 am

Two of the most important factors during a primary campaign are momentum and math — meaning how many delegates you've got.

What do you do when neither one of those things is running in your favor?

That's a question people are starting to ask about former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — and have wondered about for a while now about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

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Mountain Stage
12:41 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Catie Curtis On Mountain Stage

Catie Curtis.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 12:33 pm

Boston-based singer-songwriter Catie Curtis makes her fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Curtis' career has spanned two decades, and in that time, she's been called a "folk-rock goddess" by The New Yorker, and is widely regarded as a standard-bearer on the New England folk scene.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

No One's Claimed Mega Millions Win, Maryland Lottery Official Says

We still don't know who bought the three winning tickets in Friday's $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing — one in Illinois, one in Kansas and one in Maryland.

And we still don't know what's going on with Mirlande Wilson, the Maryland woman who has made headlines by claiming to have purchased a big winner, but who hasn't yet provided any proof.

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