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Mexico ready to play the corn card in trade talks

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural commodity, one at the center of its life and culture.

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Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe.

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Going boldly beyond the diaper: NASA explores solutions to poop problem

The matter of space pooping is not completely solved. Inside a habitable satellite, such as the International Space Station, toilets with suction-generating fans collect and dump solid waste, which may incinerate in the atmosphere like shooting stars. During a rocket launch or spacewalks, however, adult diapers remain the best technology available.

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Engineers have known for decades that Oroville’s backup spillway was unreliable

Engineers have known for decades that Lake Oroville’s unlined auxiliary spillway could cause serious erosion if water ever spilled over it, possibly compromising the earthen structure and flooding communities downstream. But water districts that buy water from Oroville balked at lining the backup spillway in 2005. Environmentalists opposed an earlier proposal to install gates atop the structure to raise the elevation of Oroville during a flood.

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After getting past Kennewick, Richland looks to go 4-0 against Southridge

Highlights from the Richland-Southridge game, and Bombers DL Geoffrey Robinson talks about his fumble return for a touchdown.

Action includes Southridge recovering a Richland fumble and touchdowns for both teams.
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Highlights from the Richland-Southridge game, and Bombers DL Geoffrey Robinson talks about his fumble return for a touchdown. 1:29

Highlights from the Richland-Southridge game, and Bombers DL Geoffrey Robinson talks about his fumble return for a touchdown.

Video: Chiawana bounces back with 26-7 win over Hanford 1:48

Video: Chiawana bounces back with 26-7 win over Hanford

Watch: Kamiakin girls' soccer remains undefeated 0:36

Watch: Kamiakin girls' soccer remains undefeated

Hot air balloon pilot explains launch decision factors 1:13

Hot air balloon pilot explains launch decision factors