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John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.

This nighttime NASA satellite image from 2012 shows lights from drilling sites and natural gas flaring along the Eagle Ford Shale.

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.

President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week.

At least a million Syrian refugees are now in Lebanon. The influx is straining the balance in the fragile country of only four million people.

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Same-sex marriage went before an appeals court in Utah on Thursday. It's the first federal appellate court to hear a marriage case after the 2013 marriage equality decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee was in the courtroom for the hearing.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, last Wednesday.

The announcement comes on the same day that the automaker said it was suspending two engineers linked to the ignition switch defect that triggered the recall.

Alphansine Uwimana writes an order at Inzozi Nziza, or Sweet Dreams, Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop. There are logistical challenges, like power cuts, as well as cultural ones in a country where ice cream is not traditionally popular and women don't often run businesses.

Rwanda is a hot country and people love dairy products. But the culture discourages public displays of need, including hunger. The women running the lone ice cream shop are trying to change that.

Street vendors sell chickens at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in early 2013. Last year Cambodia reported more cases of H5N1 bird flu than any other country.

Researchers ignited a debate three years ago when they changed a deadly flu virus so that it could spread between people. Only five mutations are needed to turn the virus into a pandemic threat.

President Obama pauses while speaking at the LBJ Presidential Library, on Thursday in Austin, Texas.

In a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Obama remembered Lyndon Johnson as complex man who seized a moment and became a giant of American history.

Kima Jones, like many other poets of color, uses social media as a tool to reach audiences that don't typically read literary journals.

Writers of color are often told they must write for the "universal human," says poet Kima Jones. She explains how many of them take to social media to find their place among a different audience.

Kent Stephenson, a research participant at the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, has his level of muscle activity and force measured by Katelyn Gurley.

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.

A television network was conducting a live interview with a woman about Rio's rampant street crime when a robber brazenly rips a gold chain from the woman's neck.

The Shanghai government has banned the use of taxi-booking apps such as Kuaidi Dache during rush hour. Here, a Shanghai resident displays the app on his smartphone in Shanghai, on Jan. 23.

The smartphone apps let people summon cabs and negotiate prices directly with drivers. Officials say they benefit the young and the rich. But they're also a free-market challenge to state control.

Wheat

Looking for some land on which to make hay?  Have a desire to plant oats, wheat or corn?  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield wants to hear from you.

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. following a 10-hour protest around the city, last month in which hundreds marched to protest a deadly police shooting.

After a nearly 18 month investigation, the DOJ finds that the city's police department uses deadly force more often than is necessary, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Nixa Public Schools

 In the wake of Wednesday’s knife attack in a Pennsylvania High School where at least 20 students were injured, schools around the country once again have examine their own policies and ask, could we have prevented that attack in our school?

KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with one Ozarks’ school system to ask that very question.

An African City follows the adventures of Ghanaian returnees Nana Yaa and her friends.

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If you miss the friendship and fashion of Sex and the City, there's the new web series, An African City. We get an inside look at its fabulous female characters and rising "Afropolitan" culture.

Arun Venugopal hand-ate in public for the first time in March.

An Indian-American reporter recalls the deep shame he felt as a kid eating Indian food with his hand. But his daughter reminds him of the true joy of hand-eating, and he decides to try it in public.

This Sept. 5, 2012 photo released by Harvard University shows the  papyrus fragment.

The tiny fragment, written in Egyptian Coptic, contains a purported reference by Jesus to his wife. New evidence dates it to between the sixth and ninth centuries CE.

Stephen Colbert: He's moving on up, from basic cable to the big time.

The Comedy Central star will sit behind the desk after David Letterman retires next year, CBS announced Thursday.

Pedestrians walk by the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C., site of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings.

Let the tourists stare at the cherry blossoms. But this week, with its World Bank and IMF meetings, is for the true, serious wonks who just can't get enough of lecture halls and soggy hors d'oeuvres.

Brett Hurt was one of the first students stabbed Wednesday at a high school near Pittsburgh. He credits a friend for saving his life and hopes his attacker will "forgive himself."

She can now enjoy the view instead.

Under new rules, about 1 million tech workers and consultants will be required to switch off their work phones outside office hours.

A Republic of Korea P-3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce during search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, near Perth, late last month.

Angus Houston, the coordinator of the search off Australia's west coast, says he's "now optimistic" that the aircraft, or what's left of it, will be found.