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National Security
2:04 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Report: U.S. Safer Than On 9/11, But Not Safe Enough

A newspaper left by visitors on May 2 in Shanksville, Pa., at the fence surrounding the crash site of Flight 93. The chairmen of the 9/11 Commission say the U.S. has improved security over the past decade, but gaps in the system remain.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States is "undoubtedly safer and more secure," but gaps in coordination among the government agencies responsible for security remain a problem.

That's the conclusion reached by two highly influential analysts of American security, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton.

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The Picture Show
2:03 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Hubble Captures Time-Lapse Videos Of Stars Being Born

Stop-motion videos show footage of star formation.
NASA

The birth of star is just as traumatic as the birth of a person, only on a much larger scale.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Provocative Read: 10 'More Important' Events Than The Sept. 11 Attacks

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks nears, news outlets and blogs are taking their turns at anniversary stories.

Foreign Policy offers this from blogger/author David J. Rothkopf: "10 events that were more important than 9/11." Counting down, Rothkopf says they are:

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

140 Mexican Schools Shut Down Amid Extortion Fears

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 3:40 pm

The casino arson last week in Monterrey in which 52 people were killed really put a face on just how serious the drug violence in Mexico has become. Police believe that arson was likely the result of extortion.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:57 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Latest Frontier In Reducing Childhood Mortality: Neonatal Deaths

Changes by country in neonatal mortality rates between 1990 and 2009.
PLoS Medicine

If you want to live a long life, it's critical to survive the first month after birth, when humans are especially vulnerable.

Neonatal mortality — death within the first 28 days of birth — is getting more public health attention, as countries around the world strive to meet a United Nations goal of dramatically reducing childhood mortality by 2015.

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