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Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 8:41am

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.

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Bill Murray Gives Advice To Bachelor Party Attendees

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:59am

Bill Murray's advice: If you find "the one," travel the world with her and if you can still stand each other when you get back home, get married at the airport.

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Expired Food Seized At Some World Cup Hotels

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:53am

Inspectors making rounds where the British and Italian teams plan to stay, say they seized dozens of pounds of butter, salmon, shrimp and ham — all past the expiration date.

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Reverse Food Truck Caters To Hunger Relief Programs

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:45am

This summer in Minnesota's Twin Cities, a new kind of food truck is on the streets. Instead of selling food, this truck is collecting it and giving it to people who need it.

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Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:40am

It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.

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Malaysia Makes Public Satellite Data From Missing Jetliner

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

Authorities have released the full data logs of communication from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and satellites. The release came in response to pressure from families, who have been mistrustful of the official investigation. What do the documents show, and where are they in the search for the missing plane?

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Obama To Use West Point Speech To Lay Out Foreign Policy Doctrine

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama delivers the commencement address at West Point on Wednesday. Aides say he'll use the opportunity to spell out his broad vision of foreign policy and America's role in the world.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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World Trade Center Developer Demands Loan Guarantees To Resume Construction

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

The country's tallest skyscraper is having trouble findings tenants. The landlords at 1 World Trade Center say they're dropping the rent because the building — scheduled to open this year — is more than 40 percent vacant. That's raising new questions about another skyscraper at the site, 3 World Trade Center, which is still under construction.

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Being A TV Anchor In Pakistan Is Fraught With Danger

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

Pakistan's premier TV anchorman Hamid Mir is recovering from six bullet wounds. About a month ago, he was shot by motorcycle gunmen while he was being driven through Karachi. Mir immediately blamed Pakistan's spy agency for the shooting. The decision by his employer, Geo TV, to publicize that allegation triggered a scandal that's snowballed into a crisis over press freedom and the role of the media in Pakistan.

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Battle For Donetsk's Airport Claims Many Lives

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

Ukrainian troops have retaken the Donetsk airport after heavy fighting with rebels. Ukrainian officials claim Russia is behind much of the violence, allowing truckloads of fighters to cross unimpeded from Russia into Ukraine.

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No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

The word "fracking" was among 149 words officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this month. Despite this news, the word's spelling and meaning remain controversial. Environmental activists often play up its unseemly connotations, while those in the oil and gas industry sometimes use it to downplay well-documented problems with gas development.

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U.N. Peacekeepers In South Sudan Told To Protect Civilians

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

The Security Council has voted to change the United Nation's role in South Sudan from nation building to civilian protection. Thousands of civilians have been killed in months of ethnic fighting.

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U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.

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After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:35am

A crackdown by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on drug smugglers is causing trouble for private pilots. Pilots say they are sometimes enduring hours of questioning by police searching for drugs.

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Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:33am

In professional sports, it's the players who get all the attention. But commentator Frank Deford says referees, who so often go unnoticed, bring their own style and artistry to their craft.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:32am

Download new music from rising Americana star John Fullbright, Malian banjo player Habib Koite, seductive Australian trio Movement, indie-rock veteran Bob Mould, and more.

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Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:31am

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.

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Want Your Cheese To Age Gracefully? Cowgirl Creamery's Got Tips

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:29am

The co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery were among the first American cheesemakers to be recognized by the prestigious French cheese guild. So they know a thing or two about storing and using old cheese.

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How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:27am

Buying insurance is always a gamble — weighing the total cost of monthly premiums against the chance that you'll need pricey care. So how can you tell if long-term care insurance is right for you?

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