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Is this the space vehicle that will be NASA's alternative to Russia's 'taxi service' to orbit?

As US-Russia relations deteriorate, NASA is picking up the pace on finding a way to get to the International Space Station without relying on Russian rockets. Three private companies could get the nod from NASA this week. Meanwhile, ISIS is emerging as a more dangerous global threat, with evidence that it is researching weapons of mass destruction and possibly targeting the pope. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

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Dutch architect helps rebuilding effort after Sandy using nature to fight floods

After Typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, coastal communities around the world are looking to restore natural barriers and ecosystems that once helped cushion the blow of storms. Dutch architect Henk Ovink is helping with the rebuilding effort after superstorm Sandy as a member of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce of the US government.