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Take The Plunge Into World Toilet Day

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:03am

They say every dog has its day. So does every toilet. And that day is today: World Toilet Day.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 5

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:03am

Driven by the Lake Effect, the storm dumped up to 60 inches of snow in some areas, paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.

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Pipeline Proponents Vow To Try Again Next Year

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is still on hold. A bill in the U.S. Senate to bypass a White House review and approve the controversial project failed to gather enough support Tuesday night. Pipeline backers fell just one vote short of the 60 needed. Supporters vow to come back next year and hold another vote.

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Backlash Fails To Deter Protesters In Hong Kong's Mongkok Camp

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Mongkok is a working-class neighborhood known for catering to mainland Chinese tourist shoppers — as well as its ties to triads, or gangsters. Mongkok lies across the harbor from the main protest camp in Hong Kong's Admiralty district, which feels a bit like Woodstock.

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GOP Blocks Senate Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

A bid to overhaul the National Security Agency has failed. The measure didn't receive enough votes in the Senate Tuesday night to cut off debate.

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Acting Secret Service Head To Testify In White House Fence Jumper Probe

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Last September's entry into the White House by an Iraq War veteran who scaled the fence along Pennsylvania Avenue is the focus of another hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

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Justice Department Charges Georgia Debt Collector With Fraud

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Williams, Scott & Associates is alleged to have threatened debtors with arrest, criminal charges and the loss of driving privileges. The owner and six employees were arrested.

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Ohio Bill Would Shield Source Of Lethal Injection Drugs

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

As states struggle to obtain lethal drugs necessary to put someone to death, Ohio lawmakers consider a bill that would shield the ID of any pharmacy or drug maker which provide drugs for executions.

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Tension Builds As Ferguson, Mo., Waits For Grand Jury Decision

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

As we wait for the announcement on whether a white police officer will be indicted in the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, we examine the case before the panel.

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U.S. Safety Agency Wants Millions More Air Bags Recalled

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Federal regulators want car companies to recall millions of cars with suspect air bags made by Takata corporation. Carmakers have been sending notices first to owners in warmer climates where the bags are thought to pose the greatest danger.

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Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Researchers are gearing up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. Three specially equipped bloodmobiles have been shipped to Africa, and they could soon be put to use to produce what's called convalescent serum. This is part of a broader effort to test Ebola therapies in West Africa.

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Consumers Contribute To Retail Food Waste

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Grocery stores and restaurants serve more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of that is never eaten. Demand for pre-cooked meals and pristine produce, in particular, creates a mountain of waste. We visit a grocery store in the Kansas City suburbs working to reduce the amount of food it wastes.

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Rabbi From Kansas City Killed In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

An attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday, left five dead, and many others wounded. Assailants, armed with guns, knives, and axes, attacked during morning prayers. Three U.S. citizens were among those killed, including Kansas City native Rabbi Kalman Levine.

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Historic Snow Storm Buries Buffalo, N.Y.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Residents opened their doors to find walls of snow. Since it's only November, those die-hard souls should probably brace for more bad weather.

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'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

The newest version of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" raised a $1 million within a few minutes of its release on Tuesday. Critics say the song still sends the wrong message about Africa.

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House Leadership Ranks Remain Mostly Stagnant For Democrats

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

Much of the House Democratic leadership is getting along in years, with little prospects for change even after suffering big losses this past election.

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1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:12am

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.

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Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:49am

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.

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No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:48am

If you've shopped for meat recently, you no doubt have noticed that beef prices are up. That may be hard on consumers, but the prices are helping ranchers purchase expensive feed and rebuild herds.

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