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When police and federal agents take down the homes of drug lords, they stand a decent chance of finding private zoo facilities. We've done a survey of news reports and compiled the following list of animals that your average crazy drug lord would love. Read the story... 

The online retailer's new 'Election Heat Map' uses book-sales data to reveal a widespread Republican streak among its American customers. Read the story...

The first requirement is to have strong enthusiasm for the weather. After that, it gets harder. With a potential storm barreling down on the the Republican convention, we explain how you become a weather forecaster. Read the story...

Touch of fever? Unexplained headache? These may be symptoms of the West Nile virus. Here's how to know if you've been infected by the record-breaking virus spreading around the nation. Read the story...  

New research shows that what we smell during sleep can affect how we dream - and even what we dream about. Plus, more dream weaving tips. Read the story...

Hurricane AndrewAug. 24, 74 A.D.: A sudden eruption of Vesuvius, near the modern Italian city of Naples, buries the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Subsequent eruptions, and population growth of metropolitan Naples to roughly 3 million people, have maintained the status of Vesuvius as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Aug. 24, 1982: A movie without a plot, but with a powerful message, is released. "Koyanisqaatsi" is the Hopi word for "Life out of balance." It features a driving soundtrack by Phillip Glass set against stop-motion and fast-motion film sequences of man's interactions with nature.
Aug. 24, 1992: Hurricane Andrew (at right) tears through Homestead, Fla. The storm, which reached Category 5 status, rips through South Florida, enters the Gulf of Mexico, and makes a second landfall in Louisiana.

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