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Nebraska is poised to kill its first prisoner since 1997, after a federal three-judge panel denied a drug company's request to halt the lethal injection over concerns about whether the drugs were obtained improperly by the state.

Tuesday morning's planned execution of Carey Dean Moore will also be the first time the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl has been used in a lethal injection in the U.S.

Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

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While honeybees and their buzzing hives and hyper-fertile queens get all the press for pollinating our food supply, the hard-working blue orchard bee is one of 4,000 bee species native to North America that does its solitary work in relative obscurity. That is, until now.

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A long section of the towering Ponte Morandi suspension bridge completely collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday, sending cars and trucks that had been driving on the A10 highway crashing down below.

At least 22 people died in the collapse, says Italy's ANSA news agency, which cites Infrastructure Deput Minister Edoardo Rixi — who also warned that the figure will likely go up. Four people have been pulled from the rubble alive.

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How To Make A Civics Education Stick

3 hours ago

How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news?

In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts.

Seven-year-old Aviana Conyers bounces around the bustling back-to-school aisles of a Walmart Supercenter. She grabs her second-grade supply list from her mother, Andrea.

"Mama, do you have any pencils in your bag?" Aviana asks, eager to cross off items on her second-grade supply list.

Uh Oh, Germany Is Rapidly Running Out Of Beer Bottles

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In Germany, beer consumption is up as temperatures remain unusually high. This is good and bad news for the beer industry.

While the breweries have more than enough beer to go around, they're running out of bottles because customers are not returning their empties quickly enough.

Germans care about the environment about as much as their beer; that's why the glass bottles are recycled. Customers pay a small deposit on each one, which they get back when they return it to a store.

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