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Green Thumbs and Backyard Jungles: How Gardeners Contribute to Science

How to create a backyard oasis is the focus of a community program in Yuma. What began as an effort to help home gardeners has become a scientific resource for the community.

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Citizen Science in the Wild: From Gun Shops to Wetlands

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Invasive Snake Species Spreads along Colorado River in Yuma

U.S. B-2 stealth bombers have destroyed multiple ISIS training camps in the Libyan desert Wednesday night, national security officials tell NPR.

The Pentagon said the camps housed ISIS fighters who had escaped their former stronghold in Sirte, on Libya's central coast, as NPR's Philip Ewing reports. Officials are still working to assess the impact of the strikes, but they believe some 90 people were killed.

Noor Salman, the wife of the man who killed 49 people last June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., has pleaded not guilty to two federal charges.

Salman was arrested earlier this week and charged with providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice for allegedly knowing about Omar Mateen's plan to slaughter people at the nightclub.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen was killed by police.

More than two dozen Jewish community centers across the U.S. reported receiving false bomb threats on Wednesday. It's the second wave of bomb threats in two weeks: On Jan. 9, 16 community centers received threats in a single day.

No actual bombs have been found, according to the JCC Association of North America, and many centers have already reopened and resumed regular operations.

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

An avalanche in central Italy has buried a ski resort, leaving about 30 people missing and prompting a frantic rescue effort.

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Mars has been on a lot of minds lately. The success of Andy Weir's science fiction novel The Martian — and Ridley Scott's subsequent film — helped rekindle interest in the Red Planet. And now, National Geographic's TV series Mars is going even further in giving us a plausible look at what a Martian colony in the near future might look like.

Why America Is Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

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Sweet potatoes are undergoing a modern renaissance in this country.

While they have always made special appearances on many American tables around the holidays, year-round demand for the root vegetables has grown. In 2015, farmers produced more sweet potatoes than in any year since World War II.

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"A lot of things were hard to get during World War II, and potatoes were easier to raise than some of the other vegetables," my grandmother Joyce Heise tells me.

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