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Not nice: A gut-eating amoeba (green) nibbles on a live human cell (purple) under the microscope. The parasite chews on the cell before killing and discarding it.

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.

Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner as she was sworn in at a hearing held Wednesday by the House Committee On Oversight & Government Reform.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted to send the Justice Department a criminal referral over what they said was ex-IRS official Lois Lerner's "extreme bias."

A pro-Russia protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Demonstrators have taken over some government buildings in eastern Ukraine, saying they want a vote on whether to join Russia. Ukrainian officials vow to resolve the situation within 48 hours.

Edie Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton who is very competent at her high-stress job, but struggles with addiction. In the sixth season of Nurse Jackie, which starts Sunday on Showtime, Jackie is back on pills and back to hiding her addiction.


Edie Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton who is very competent at her high-stress job, but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 29 percent of working-age mothers stay at home, compared to a low of 23 percent in 1999.

The plan shifts $100 million to pension funds and resolves one of the record bankruptcy's most contentious issues.

Nixa JH Lunch Room

Voters throughout the Ozarks faced numerous school bond proposals Tuesday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has this review.

Two teams debated the value of online education in an Intelligence Squared U.S. event at Columbia University.


Proponents of online education say it's flexible and economical. But skeptics say "college by Internet" is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside the classroom.


There are plenty of stereotypes when it comes to seniors and technology, but the Pew Research Center says those don't always ring true.

The Rip Cord

The Rip Cord is a simple solution to open tightly sealed boxes without a knife, keys or any other sharp objects. And it might encourage recycling.


This week, President Obama signed executive orders aimed at narrowing the gender wage gap, but some critics say they don't actually address the issue.

After Susan Sontag died in 2004, the writer's estate sold her letters, computers and other materials to UCLA for a special collection. Her biographer says the wealth of information can be daunting — and a bit eerie.


Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.

This photograph taken on April 3, shows a Pakistani lawyer taking the thumb impression from nine-month-old toddler Musa Khan on a bail bond in Lahore.

Musa Khan was arrested along with his family at a violent protest in Lahore where police said the boy threw stones at them.

Volunteers remove bricks from the Plant building to make room for the brewery.

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

Unsold 2007 RAV4 sports-utility vehicles are shown on the lot of a Toyota agency in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., in 2006. The popular SUV was one of several subject to recall.

The recall involves some of the Japanese automaker's top-selling vehicles, including some model years for the Camry sedan, RAV4 SUV, Corolla, Yaris and Matrix.

Artwork capturing hope held for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, shown in Beijing, China, on March 29.

The plane's vanishing is a tragedy and an unsolved mystery. The desire for answers means the event could retain attention for decades, as have the disappearances of Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks with dread at something. What is it? Well, the movie is called Godzilla, so that might be a hint.

Perhaps aware that trailers have become wall-to-wall explosions and noise, the people behind the latest look at Godzilla rely heavily on sudden, creepy quiet.

Advocates demonstrate in favor of cheaper generic drugs to treat hepatitis C in New Delhi on March 21. The disease is common among people who are HIV positive.

About 150 million people worldwide have hepatitis C, and all should be assessed and treated, the World Health Organization says. But the high cost of testing and drugs means that won't happen soon.

Kima Jones

In her poetry, Kima Jones explores racial and sexual identity in the modern world — and the future. Nostalgic and assertive, her work revolves around a recurrent protagonist: the person of color.

One suspect is said to be in custody after Wednesday's incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, which is near Pittsburgh. Authorities say at least 20 teenagers were injured.

New data show how much individual physicians received in 2012 from Medicare.

Fresh figures show that a relatively small number of doctors receive a significant share of Medicare payments. But analysts warn against jumping to conclusions about what that means.

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

They're No. 1: Breanna Stewart of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a score during Tuesday night's game against Notre Dame. Her team won its ninth national championship.

Both the men's and women's teams are Division I basketball champions this year. Only once before has a school done that in the same year: UConn, in 2004.

Say It Ain't So: Archie Andrews meets his maker in Archie Comics' upcoming issue of Life with Archie.

Also: Artist Damien Hirst will write an autobiography; Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left the Mexico hospital where he was being treated for a lung infection.