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The product, Palcohol, cleared a federal regulatory hurdle earlier this month, but then the approval was rescinded. Some think the government rethought its decision.Daniel B. Wood
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action. Opponents and supporters of the ban weighed in after the ruling.Warren Richey
For some time, the accepted wisdom has been that biodiversity is declining worldwide. A new study challenges that assumption and suggests a different dynamic is at work.Pete Spotts
Using 26 distinct symbols consisting of numerals and selective letters, a team of researchers have taught monkeys how to perform very basic addition.Sudeshna Chowdhury
Pentagon officials are quietly resisting possible US sanctions against the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport, because it also supplies Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.Anna Mulrine
Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China.Howard LaFranchi
Tuesday's US Supreme Court decision upholds a ban on affirmative action in college admissions only in Michigan. Experts say it opens the door for lawmakers or voters in other states to establish bans of their own.Amanda Paulson
An atheist New Jersey family is saying the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of their equal protection under state law. Previously, such lawsuits were filed in federal court.Harry Bruinius
The British prime minister last week said that Britons should be proud of being a 'Christian country,' provoking a backlash from secularists who prefer a more pluralist society.Ian Evans
The Oklahoma Supreme Court halted two executions over concerns that the state is keeping secrets about its lethal injection drugs. The issue is increasingly urgent for many states.Mark Guarino

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