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Over the weekend, Congress voted on a $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government open. Some lawmakers alienated colleagues by trying to sink the bill with roadblocks to draw attention to their issues.
It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.
What toys are most in demand this holiday season? Toy analyst Sean McGowen tells David Greene what's hot, and what toys have made a comeback.
Chinese social network site YY originally allowed customers to watch other people play video games, but users realized that the site had more potential. It could be a place to perform virtual karaoke.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's resignation may be too late to repair the political damage to the president. Protests have increased over long overdue elections and allegations of corruption.
The royals, however, won't be eating them. A palace spokesperson said, "fungi from the garden are not used in the palace kitchens."