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Goats and Soda
5:44 am
Sat May 30, 2015

South Korea Struggles To Contain Deadly MERS Virus' Spread

In this photo from 2014, passengers walk past the Middle East respiratory syndrome quarantine area at Manila's International Airport in the Phillipines. The virus is now raising public concern in South Korea.
Aaron Favila AP

A deadly virus with no known cure — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS — has infected 13 people in South Korea since mid-May. The fast spread of the disease, from the first case confirmed on May 20 to more than a dozen by Saturday, is prompting criticism of health officials for not moving faster to quarantine suspected patients.

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Parallels
5:28 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels

An aerial view of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca in October 2014.
Muhammad Hamed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 9:31 am

At the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the booming call to prayer competes with the racket of construction.

The Grand Mosque is the destination for the most sacred Muslim pilgrimage and it holds the Kaaba, the black cube of a building in the center of the mosque known to Muslims as the House of God.

But skyscraper hotels increasingly dominate the skyline, dwarfing the Great Mosque where worshippers gather, and angering those who seek to retain the city's history and traditional architecture.

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The Two-Way
6:12 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:24 pm

The Pentagon says 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries received samples of live anthrax that were accidentally shipped by the Defense Department.

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The Salt
5:11 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Why did a deliberately bad study showing the weight-loss benefits of chocolate get picked up by many news outlets? Science journalist John Bohannon — the man behind the study — says reporting on junk nutrition studies happens all the time.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:15 pm

On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

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Law
5:09 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:20 pm

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