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South Dakota Election Settled By Dice Roll

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 6:26am

In Platte, S.D., the results of the mayor's race were too close to call. In accordance with state law, they rolled a pair of dice. The incumbent rolled a four, the challenger a seven.

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Mayor Of Turkish Capital Replaces Giant Robot Statue With T-Rex

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 6:14am

Turkey's chamber of architects wasn't amused when the mayor of Ankara installed a giant Transformers statue. They sued, he took down the robot and instead installed a 10-foot tall T-Rex.

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Baltimore Residents Demand More Information On Freddie Gray's Death

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

There's been a citywide curfew in Baltimore following Monday's unrest that has helped keep streets quiet. Peaceful protesters and others looking to cause trouble took to the streets after the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie gray who suffered a serious spine injury after being picked up by police.

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Indiana Struggles To Control HIV Outbreak Linked To Injected Drug Use

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

State lawmakers passed a bill this week to allow needle exchanges across a wider area. But health workers in hard-hit counties say they need more help as the number of confirmed cases keeps climbing.

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Judge Reduces 3 Educators' Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Atlanta test-cheating case said he had a change of heart — giving each three years in prison instead of seven.

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Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Does reading Harry Potter have an effect on your behavior? New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.

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'Curvy Brides' Debuts Friday On TLC

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris are co-owners of Curvaceous Couture, an upscale bridal salon in Columbia, Maryland, that caters to plus-size brides. The store grew out of Yukia's frustration while trying to buy a fashionable plus-size gown for her own wedding. Now TLC, the TV network famous for "Say Yes To The Dress," is focusing on these African-American entrepreneurs with big plans for their big ladies' big day.

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Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.

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White House Honors 2015 Teacher Of The Year: Shanna Peeples

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Shanna Peeples works at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. Most of the students come from poor families. Some are refugees from East Africa — coming through the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

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State Prosecutors To Determine Next Steps In Freddie Gray's Case

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Police have forwarded the preliminary results of their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray to Baltimore's state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. Her team will decide whether to bring criminal charges against police. The Just Department has opened its own investigation.

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Indiana Battles HIV Outbreak Linked To Intravenous Drug Use

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Poverty, administrative red tape and politics stand in the way as the number of confirmed cases continues to climb. Health policy experts are calling for a needle-exchange program to be expanded.

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Movie Review: 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan reviews the new superheroes movie: "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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Villages Along Nepal's Araniko Highway Wait For Quake Relief

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

A trip along an important road link between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and China illustrates how hard it is to distribute aid — or even reach some of Nepal's remote mountainside villages.

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Re-Enactment Of Farkhunda's Killing Brings Afghan Actress To Tears

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne talks to Leena Alam about her re-enactment of the killing of Farkhunda, a woman publicly beaten to death in March by a mob in Kabul after being falsely accused of burning a Quran.

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Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.

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Want To Name A Racing Horse? First: Read Jockey Club's Rules

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

When you look through the racing form before Saturday's Kentucky Derby, you can't help but notice the wide array of names for horses. The process of naming a horse is pretty bureaucratic.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Draws Fans To Las Vegas

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

It's been dubbed the fight of the century. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao face off on Saturday. The weigh in is Friday, as well as other fight-themed distractions to keep fans engaged.

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Oakland Laws Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:38am

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.

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New York Takes Migrating Birds Into Consideration

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:20am

Electric lights cause millions of birds to crash into buildings. Now, the state of New York will turn off bright outdoor lights in its buildings during the spring and fall migration seasons.

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Will Big-Screen Movies Turn Astronauts Into Couch Potatoes?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:14am

The International Space Station crew took delivery of a projection screen that measures 65 inches. It's supposed to be for video conferences only, but the other day the crew watched the movie Gravity.

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