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SUMMERLAND KEY, Fla. - David Vaughan plunges his right arm down to his elbow into one of nine elevated tanks where thousands of tiny colonies of coral are growing at an astonishing rate in shaded seclusion next to the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory. "Now this is the exciting part. You ready for this?" he asks, straining to be heard over the relentless hiss of filtered saltwater squirting from a maze of pipes and plastic tubing into the shallow fiberglass tank, the size of a dining-room table. Dr. Vaughan, a marine biologist who is executive director of the laboratory, retrieves a flat rock from the bottom.   more...
 
 
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TUNIS - Tunisians turned out in steady, orderly lines on Sunday to vote in their first free and democratic presidential election, voicing confidence that they were turning the page on the often-fractious transition following the revolution of 2011. Exit polls suggested that neither of the two leading candidates - the interim president, Moncef Marzouki, and the former prime minister, Beji Caid Essebsi - was likely to win an outright majority and that a runoff between them would be necessary. Official results are not expected for one or two days.   more...
 
 
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For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas, especially in the Great Plains and Southwest, where wind and sunlight are abundant.   more...
 
 
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. - With its cutting-edge social-media campaigns for "The Hunger Games," the tiny 27-person marketing department at Lionsgate has become a model for Hollywood's legacy studios: scrappy, thrifty, forward-thinking. But is the "Lionsgate way" even possible for the old guard to replicate? "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," the third movie in the postapocalyptic series, sold an estimated $123 million in tickets at North American theaters over the weekend. It was by far the biggest opening since last November, when Lionsgate released "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," taking in $158.1 million on the way to a global total of $864.9 million.   more...
 
 
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A watercolor believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler sold about $161,000 (130,000 euros), on Saturday at a German auction house, Reuters reported. The painting, titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" (Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), was purchased by a private buyer from the Middle East who attended the sale at Weidler auction house in Nuremberg, auctioneer Kathrin Weidler told Reuters. She did not give the buyer's name. The letters "A. Hitler" are signed in red ink at the bottom left corner of the painting, which measures about 11 by 8 ½ inches and depicts Munich's city hall under calm blue skies.   more...
 
 
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BUFFALO - With temperatures rapidly warming here, people began to emerge on Sunday in some of the areas worst affected by a series of lake-effect storms that dumped more than six feet of snow across the region last week and left at least 12 people dead. Government officials said that a limited state of emergency remained in effect. The driving ban, however, was completely lifted just after noon. As cars made their way again onto streets where snow had been piled higher than the stop signs, they vied for space with street-clearing machinery, other vehicles abandoned days ago and National Guard personnel sent to western New York to assist with the cleanup.   more...
 
 
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There is no agreement among designers on the best way for video games to tell stories. Some games have branching plotlines and characters who live or die based on the player's decisions. Others are tightly constrained and offer no choices that alter the narrative. Some use text to deliver information, while others use sound or moving images. Most mix all of those qualities. If size matters, Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most ambitious story-based game of 2014. I'm about 60 hours into it - the game conveniently, if embarrassingly, records how long you've been playing - and suspect that it will take me 100 hours to finish.   more...
 
 
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KABUL, Afghanistan - The government of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has quietly lifted the ban on night raids by special forces troops that his predecessor had imposed. Afghan National Army Special Forces units are planning to resume the raids in 2015, and in some cases the raids will include members of American Special Operations units in an advisory role, according to Afghan military officials as well as officials with the American-led military coalition. That news comes after published accounts of an order by President Obama to allow the American military to continue some limited combat operations in 2015.   more...
 
 
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WASHINGTON - President Obama, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, said he rejects Republican criticism that he has exceeded his authority in moving to spare millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, adding that he has been "very restrained" in his use of executive authority. Angry Republican lawmakers have accused Mr. Obama of unconstitutional, even imperial, overreach. They have pointed to past remarks in which he himself suggested that his powers to act were limited. But Mr. Obama, in the interview aired Sunday on the ABC News program "This Week," said that history was on his side.   more...
 
 
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Pick over the dried beans and discard any misshapen beans or stones. Rinse under cold running water and drain. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the beans and 8 cups cold water; discard any beans that float. Add 1 tsp. of the salt, the pork belly, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaf and 1 bouquet garni. Cook until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Set aside. In a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the duck fat. Sauté the onion for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.   more...
 
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