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Warmer weather brings the beginning of tornado season. Tornadoes pose a greater risk than many other natural disasters because of their imminent threat. A coming flood or hurricane usually guarantees at least a 24-hour notice, but a tornado can touch down in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.
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Should service members at military recruiting centers be armed?
The investigation into the brazen attack on two Chattanooga, Tennessee, military facilities has left many questions unanswered.
But one of the most troubling for that community, for civilians, and for military officials remains: How?
How could five servicemen — several of whom had risked their lives in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan — be gunned down on their home turf?
Can you change negative perceptions about government aid?
Many people think the work of human services agencies creates dependency and exacerbates poverty. But there's a new effort to recast them in a more favorable light.
Study: Common chemicals may act together to increase cancer risk
Common environmental chemicals assumed to be safe at low doses may act separately or together to disrupt human tissues in ways that eventually lead to cancer, according to a task force of nearly 200 scientists from 28 countries, including one from Oregon State University.
NHTSA chief: Agency reviewing safety rules for automated cars
Reuters via Business Insider
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency is reviewing federal vehicle safety rules to determine if they could conflict with self-driving vehicle systems that Google Inc. and others want to put on the road.
Documentary takes viewers inside the world of Internet addiction
By Ross Lancaster
The first scene of the Sundance-featured documentary "Web Junkie" begins with a group of young men playing the popular online game "World of Warcraft." With the game responsible for more than 100 million accounts worldwide, it's a scene that could take place in any country with broadband Internet access. But as the opening of the film takes place at an Internet café in China — the first country to deem Internet addiction a mental disorder — it takes on a greater significance.
Washington joins multistate sting targeting illegal construction activities
A multistate sting that included the Department of Labor & Industries turned up more than 40 cases of illegal construction activity or advertising in Washington state.
Brown: More safety for railcars with hazardous liquids
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for stronger safety standards for railcars transporting hazardous liquids in order to protect Ohio communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that trains carrying crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times per year for the next 20 years — causing as much as $4 billion in property damage.
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Can the United Nations actually eliminate AIDS by 2030?
By Katina Smallwood
Under an agenda created by the United Nations in 2000, the organization set out plans to reduce HIV infections worldwide. Since then, reported HIV infections have fallen 35 percent, and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 41 percent. Now, the U.N. has set its sights on a new goal: completely eradicating the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Can the U.N. accomplish this in 15 years? Let's take a look back at how they've come this far.
University of Miami tests concussion-detecting goggles
The U.S. Department of Defense has also been involved, as the goggles can be used on the battlefield for soldiers with head trauma.
CDC to review oversight of bioterror labs after USA Today investigation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a comprehensive review of how it regulates safety and security at bioterror labs in the wake of an ongoing USA Today Media Network investigation that has prompted congressional probes into the agency's effectiveness.
Sweltering temps spark safety concerns across US
It's the middle of July, so the heat is expected, but the temperatures throughout the eastern portion of the country have been downright unbearable and dangerous, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
It's not technically a heat wave yet, but millions in the Northeast are suffering through the hottest stretch of the summer.
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