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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Announces GOP Presidential Bid

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the latest Republican to seek the GOP's presidential nomination. Jindal is seen as both a fiscal and social conservative so he'll have to appeal to some of the same voters that might be inclined to vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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California Reissues Classic Black License Plates

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne and David Greene report California is re-introducing its classic black and gold license plates. The plates — long coveted by car collectors — went out of production in 1969.

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Migrants Find European Land Trek As Treacherous As Mediterranean Voyage

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

As EU leaders meet on the migrant crisis, we hear how the tiny Balkan state of Macedonia is now a popular route into Europe. Desperate refugees walk along railroad tracks that has proved deadly.

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2nd Prison Worker Arrested In Connection With Helping Escaped Inmates

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Authorities in New York State says Gene Palmer, a veteran corrections officer, is accused of providing illegal contraband to the inmates and also with tampering with evidence.

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Bible Study Resumes At Emanuel AME Church 1 Week After Massacre

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Members of the bible study gathered Wednesday night in the same room where 21-year-old Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire one week ago killing 9 people. The first two funerals are held Thursday.

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Classic Of Black Cinema, 'Cooley High,' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Amid the blaxploitation craze, "Cooley High" showed a slice of urban life rarely seen on the big screen. It was a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.

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For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:02am

Online video is such a huge and lucrative market that a lot of companies are trying to lure some of the biggest stars away from the current king of medium — YouTube.

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Teens Make Film In Broken English To Explain Why They'll Fail English

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:49am

Three high schoolers in Zanzibar have won a prize for a film tackling a fierce debate in African classrooms: Should the teacher instruct in English or the mother tongue?

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As Flags Drop, Scrutiny Turns To Memorials To Confederacy And Its Dead

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:38am

Dozens, if not hundreds of Confederate memorials dot the South and beyond. Even in Union state Missouri, two memorials have become flash points.

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Cat Scares Black Bear Off Porch In Alaska

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 6:06am

Darlis Elliott describes her pet Nani as a "fraidy cat." When a black bear lumbered toward the glass door leading to the porch, Nani turned into "scarey cat" and the bear fell off the porch.

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Bus Drivers In Russian City Angered By Court-Lowered Fares

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 5:54am

Minibuses typically stop anywhere you ask, but drivers in the Siberian city of Omsk are protesting the court ruling by only making official stops.

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Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed by MLB Team

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to Lindsay Berra, a reporter for MLB.com, about a 16-year-old French baseball player who became the first known female prospect to make herself eligible to be signed by a Major League Baseball team. While Melissa Mayeux is considered a long-shot to be taken by an MLB team in July, her baseball career still has room to grow.

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S.C. Retailers Caught In The Middle Of Renewed Debate Over Confederate Flag

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Some retailers have pulled Confederate-themed items from their shelves after the South Carolina shooting suspect appeared in photos with the flag. The debate over what the flag symbolizes continues.

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French Students Not 'Coping' Well With English Test Question

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Students taking an English test had a meltdown when they saw the word coping. They petitioned the examiners to drop the question, claiming it unfairly includes a word rarely encountered in English.

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Confederate Flag Merchandise Delicate Topic For Retailers

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Some businesses are removing Confederate flag imagery following last week's fatal shootings at a S.C. black church. But not every business is handling the Confederate flag issue in the same way.

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Clinton Makes A Stop In Missouri; Discusses Race Near Riot-Torn Ferguson

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Hillary Clinton is leaning into the conversation on race relations following the shootings at a Charleston, South Carolina, church by going to Florissant, Missouri, which borders Ferguson. As a candidate, the move brings some risk. And when a politician swoops in, their message often doesn't tell the whole story.

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Lawmakers Promise To Take Action After NPR's Mustard Gas Exposure Report

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

NPR reported the VA failed to keep its promise of benefits to thousands of WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas, and an unknown set of U.S. military tests singled out minority soldiers by race.

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'New Yorker' On Secret Civilian Efforts To Save America's ISIS Hostages

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne talks to Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker about his article on the impact of U.S. hostage policy on 5 families whose children where held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State.

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White House To Amend Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

It is expected to announce changes to the policy on paying ransom for hostages kidnapped by militant groups. It will no longer bar a hostage's family from dealing with and paying ransom to captors.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Gap Remains Over Access To Iran's Military Sites

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Talks with Iran are entering a final push toward June 30th, when a temporary nuclear deal expires. Negotiators from the U.S. and other countries meeting in Vienna are seeking extensive inspections, and limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions. A key question is how much Iran will let the world in on its nuclear activity.

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