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7:30pm

Wed August 20, 2014
National Security

U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

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5:09pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Men In America

From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 7:35 pm

Mark Pierce enlisted in the military in 1970, served in Vietnam and retired in 2010. Years later, his two sons also joined the armed forces.
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Military service once defined the lives of many men in the United States, particularly before the end of the draft in 1973. But today, many younger adults have no direct family ties to the military at all.

For the men in Mark and Jeremy Pierce's family, however, military service is a tradition dating back to the Civil War.

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4:58pm

Wed August 20, 2014
The Salt

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:26 pm

Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. The fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans.
Michael Sullivan NPR

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium.

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4:31pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Book Reviews

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 5:40 pm

A father takes his three sons to a hypnotist's show. Called onto the stage, the father's cool self-possession and confidence seem to prevail, and he walks away, claiming no effect. They leave the show, he drops his sons off and drives away. We learn later that he has taken his passport and emptied the family bank account. The boys will not see him again until they are adults.

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4:28pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Steps In To Put Hold On Va. Same-Sex Marriage Licences

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:58 pm

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