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Producer Billy Sherrill Brought Pop's Passion And Sheen To The Honky-Tonk

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

He discovered Tammy Wynette, revived the career of George Jones, and produced and co-wrote some of country's best-known hits, including Wynette's "Stand By Your Man." Sherrill died Tuesday at 78.

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Do You Want To Build A Lawsuit? China Totally Copied 'Frozen,' Kid Says

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

A new anthem produced for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is being attacked online as too similar to "Let It Go" from the film "Frozen." We asked a 5-year-old girl to assess the merits of the case.

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The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

After its 2014 Advanced Placement U.S. history framework became a target of intense criticism, the College Board did something unusual: It agreed to a re-write.

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Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

Commentator Frank Deford weighs in on two of the youngest, brightest stars in professional baseball.

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An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

The new bailout plan for Greece calls for a steep sales-tax increase on the Aegean Islands, raising fears it could harm tourism, one of the few sectors that's been doing well.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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WHIP The Competition: Stat-Heads Run Minor League Team, Lead It To First

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

It's a fantasy baseball player's dream: Taking the reins at a real ballclub. That's what two baseball writers did this year, planning to run the minor league squad based on advanced statistics.

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 3:04am

Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

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Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 6:04am

Police can tap phones, which is why a mafioso might use pizzini, or scraps of paper with coded messages. But Italian police recently broke some of those codes, and made 11 arrests.

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Patriots Fan Interrupts Goodell's Vacation With Message In The Sky

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 6:04am

Upset by Tom Brady's suspension over "deflate-gate," Richard Pate of Maine hired a pilot to fly over the NFL commissioner's summer vacation home with a banner reading "Jet Back to New York!"

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Forget The 117 Steps: 3-D Video Makes Fallingwater Accessible To All

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

A filmmaker has created a way to make Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater accessible to those with physical limitations. Fallingwater is built into mountainous landscape and over a waterfall, and features lots of stairs. Someone who could only tour one level will now be able to experience the rest of the house by watching a 3-D video.

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How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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Berlin's New Airport: Still In A Holding Pattern

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Berlin is one of Europe's premiere cities, yet it lacks an airport befitting its status due to years of delays and cost overruns. The new airport was supposed open in 2012. Now the target is 2017.

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Planned Parenthood Opponents Talk Government Shutdown After Bill Fails

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

An effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding failed in the Senate on Monday, but the fight isn't over. That was only the opening volley in a larger funding battle to play out in September.

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Researchers Witness Urban Coyotes Melt Into The Shadows Of Los Angeles

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Coyotes are becoming more and more common in urban areas, including Los Angeles. This summer, the National Park Service announced a first-of-its-kind survey of coyote behavior in the city. The researchers say the findings so far have been surprising.

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French Investigators Examine Wing Bit Thought To Be From Missing Airliner

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Malaysian and French investigators meet in Paris to shape the investigation into recovered debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. The wing component found on an island in the Indian Ocean has arrived in France for analysis.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., On Why He Supports The Iran Nuclear Deal

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

The future of the Iran nuclear deal could hinge on Democrats, who are being pulled in two directions. The Obama administration wants them to back the plan, but Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups want those lawmakers to oppose the deal. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff is a Jewish Democrat, and the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He tells Renee Montagne why he recently decided to support the Iran agreement.

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Historic Drought Fuels Nearly 2 Dozen California Wildfires

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Thousands have been evacuated in California, as crews continue to battle the Rocky Fire, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity could help firefighting efforts this week. Across the state, nearly two-dozen wildfires are burning.

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At Hope Meadows In Illinois, Older Adults Help Families Care For Foster Children

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

Families who adopt foster kids need a lot of support. In Rantoul, Illinois, families get help in a community called Hope Meadows from older adults who've moved there just for that purpose.

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