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'Simpsons' Spoiler Alert: Homer And Marge To Separate

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

The Simpsons TV show returns for a 27th season on Fox this fall. The show's producer has revealed Homer and Marge will separate in the premiere episode.

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U.S. To Deploy 450 More Troops To Iraq

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

They'll speed up training and equipping of Sunni soldiers in Anbar province. The aim is to get more Sunnis working with the Shiite government to defeat the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Parched Northwest Raises A Variety Of Concerns

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

The usually-snowy peaks of Olympic National Park are a deep green. That means less snowmelt in rivers that provide water for farmland, and spawning grounds for more than a million fish.

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Library Of Congress Names Juan Felipe Herrera U.S. Poet Laureate

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

Juan Felipe Herrera, already California's poet laureate, grew up traveling the agricultural valleys of Southern California as the son of farm workers.

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Mexican Celebrities Face Fines For Election Tweets

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

Mexico strictly forbids campaigning in the days before an election. But last Sunday, some of the country's best known TV stars, singers and sports greats tweeted their support for the Green Party.

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Racial-Profiling Case Stalled, Sheriff Wants Judge To Step Down

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02am

In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants the judge overseeing his contempt of court hearing recused from the case. The sheriff admitted that his department investigated the judge's wife.

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A Suit That Turns A Person Into A Robot (Sort Of)

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:01am

Robots are really bad at many simple, human tasks. One possible workaround: Combine the person with the machine.

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Experiencing The 'Realities Of Being A Police Officer'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:00am

A group that raises money for police officers subjected to investigation or lawsuits is using a simulator program to help outsiders understand the challenges of the job.

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America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:30am

When it comes to improving the standard of living for Americans, the middle class could use some help. One Harvard economist says the help is underground, in the form of oil and natural gas.

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Back To Baltimore And 'Back 2 Love' With R&B Singer Maysa

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:28am

Ari Shapiro speaks with the Grammy-nominated jazz and soul artist about her hometown of Baltimore and her latest music project.

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Surrogate Parenting: A Worldwide Industry, Lacking Global Rules

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:28am

In the U.S., surrogacy is a widely accepted practice, though it's governed by a patchwork of state laws. It's barred in some European countries, but widely practiced and large unregulated in India.

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At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:47am

The publisher of Allen Ginsberg's iconic poem "Howl" has three books coming out this year and is also working on a novel. Looking back, he says, "Everything was better than it is when you're old."

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During Amtrak Derailment, Engineer Was Not On Cellphone, According To NTSB

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:28am

Federal investigators reported that engineer Brandon Bostian was not using his cellphone ahead of the May 12 derailment in Philadelphia. The train accident killed eight people and injured dozens more.

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Therapy Dog Loses License Over Costume

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:01am

Chopper the Biker Dog wears a leather vest, bandanna and goggles. The dog has lost his therapy certification. The agency Pet Partners calls costumes a hazard.

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As NHL Players Pursue Lord Stanley's Cup, Shaving Is A Jinx

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 5:48am

Even die-hard fans grow beards for good luck. But Mark Lazarus, the chairman of NBC Sports, says bushy beards make players too hard to recognize on TV.

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Threats Of Renewed Civil War Forces Thousands To Flee Burundi

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

More than 120,000 people have fled unrest in Burundi. While there is currently no war in the East African nation, the fear of one has gotten residents to move to a refugee camp in neighboring Rwanda.

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EPA, Farmers Divided Over Proposed Ethanol Standards

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

About 10 percent of the gasoline at the pump is made from ethanol, fuel made from plants. Here in the U.S., most of that ethanol is made from corn grown in the Midwest, where demand resulted in plowing up grasslands and wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing big changes to renewable fuel policy to spur growth in low-carbon fuels made from crops other than corn.

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In Texas, Federal Court Backs Abortion Restriction Law

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

A federal appeals court has upheld sweeping abortion restrictions in Texas — saying they aim to protect women's health. Providers say the decision could leave just seven or eight centers open.

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Cleveland Takes 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals Over Golden State

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Tuesday's NBA Finals game — coming out on top over the Golden State Warriors 96-91. The Cavs lead the series 2-1. Game 4 will be played in Cleveland on Thursday.

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Beijing Smokers Forced To Stop Lighting Up In Public Places

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Last week, Beijing instituted a ban on smoking in all public places. For a city of 4 million smokers who like to light up everywhere — hospitals, sports arenas, restaurants, trains — that's proving a challenge.

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