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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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  • Senate Democrats Go 'Nuclear' To Curb Filibusters
    The Senate changed its rules Thursday to allow approval of presidential appointments to the federal government and judicial bench by a simple majority vote. That simple act represented radical change and was hailed by President Obama.
  • Federal Bench Could See New Faces After Senate Rules Change
    The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to make it easier to approve judicial and executive branch nominees by curbing filibusters. This so-called nuclear option represents a radical shift in Senate procedure. Democrats had threatened to use after Senate Republicans upheld the confirmation of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the action could have a huge impact on the federal bench.
  • Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role
    For the first time, three women were among the Marines who graduated Thursday from the two-month combat training course. The U.S. lifted the ban on women in combat earlier this year. Now, the Marines are conducting tests to see if women have what it takes to actually serve in the infantry.
  • 'Ghost Particles' In Antarctica Offer Glimpse Of Deep Space
    By putting light sensors inside a giant ice cube that's a mile beneath the South Pole, scientists detected 28 neutrinos from beyond the solar system. It's just a start – but researchers hope the work could eventually yield a way to see through debris clouds to the core of exploding stars.
  • City Of Vancouver Shows Doorknobs The Exit
    A recent revision in the British Columbia city's building code, designed to improve accessibility, shows the door to the venerable knob, replacing it with the hipper and easier-to-use lever.
  • Afghan Elders Begin Debate About Future Of U.S. In Afghanistan
    Thursday saw the start of the Loya Jirga in Kabul, where political, tribal and religious leaders are debating the terms of a proposed bilateral accord with the United States.
  • Here's What You Need To Know About The Afghan Loya Jirga
    In Kabul, a body known as a Loya Jirga took up the debate Thursday over a proposed security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. But what is a loya jirga? What are its powers and who appoints members? Melissa Block puts those questions to Thomas Gouttiere, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life
    Men and women who were regularly munching on peanuts or tree nuts in their 30s and 40s were significantly more likely to reach their 70s, a study found. Researchers say they aren't sure why nuts promote longevity, but they think it has to do with how they affect metabolism and satiety.
  • Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells'
    Dallas became known as the "City of Hate" after President John F. Kennedy was killed there. But the city has changed, and it hopes that the 50th anniversary of the assassination on Friday will be a chance to show the extent of that transformation.
  • Moved By Kennedy's Death, The Boston Symphony Played On
    The orchestra was mid-performance when news of the president's assassination reached the symphony hall in 1963. The musicians had to decide: suspend the concert or continue? Their decision transformed a moment of shock into a moment of shared consolation.

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