Tavarius Miller, 12, Jermaien Payne, 8, Kemarion Jones, 9, and Gary Kendrick, 8, all wait for the pool at Ransom Everglades School to open after an afternoon storm. The kids are bused over once a week from South Miami, which does not have a public pool.

Swimming pool drowning rates among school-aged black children are more than five times higher than they are among white kids the same age.

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Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, lives in captivity at a zoo in Mendoza. The plight of the "sad bear" has spawned more than 400,000 signatures on a petition to get him moved to a "better life" in Canada.

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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Flooding in a cemetery on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands in December 2008.

Climate change is a global problem. Some island nations face the prospect of disappearing beneath rising seas. Barbara J. King is surprised by how the people of the Marshall Islands see their plight.

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We are all Russian nesting dolls: Our intestines house many bacteria, which house many viruses. These so-called bacteriophages are likely as important for our health as the bacteria they live in.

Scientists have discovered what may be the most common virus in people worldwide. The tiny critter doesn't make us sick but may be involved in obesity and diabetes.

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Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana.

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

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