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'Millionaire' Tracks One Man's Fruitful Obsession With The Bard Of Avon

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:03am

Andrea Mays' new book digs into the history of Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Library, the legacy of oilman Henry Clay Folger — who, like William Shakespeare, found his greatest fame in death.

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Need A Laugh? Watch This Kiss Cam Gone Wrong

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:34am

There was a smile, an embrace, a big kiss and then... something terrible, but funny, happened.

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Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:18am

The announcement, on state-run radio, comes amid continued fighting a day after a lower-ranking general had declared a coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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4 Questions For Republicans On Foreign Policy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:31am

Republicans are critical of President Obama's foreign policy with the rise of the Islamic State militant group and the Iran negotiations. But the GOP faces its own challenges related to world affairs.

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Fidgeting May Help Concentration For Students With ADHD

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:27am

A new study shows a correlation between physical movement and mental work.

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Top Stories: Latest On Amtrak Crash; Tsarnaev Jury Deliberates

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:25am

Also: It's unclear who's in charge in Burundi after a coup declaration; the House passes a bill outlawing most abortions after 20 weeks; and Beijing forbids strange costumes on city subways.

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only Few (Or Maybe None)

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:16am

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership text, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, sound-proof room and surrender their cell phones.

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Jurors In Boston Bombing Trial Deliberate On Sentence For Second Day

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:15am

The jury already convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now they'll decide whether he will live or die.

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The Role Of Science In A Push For Animal Liberation

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:55am

Amid recent public discourse on animal welfare, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores the role that science plays in how we think about, and treat, animals.

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A First: City Council In Austin, Texas, Has A Majority Of Women

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:37am

Training was arranged for city employees on how to deal with women. Experts said women ask a lot of questions. The Austin American-Statesman quotes an academic who called that "benevolent sexism."

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Police Say Mass. Man Went 'All Davy Crockett' On Bear

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:18am

A man in North Adams, Mass., wanted bears off his property. Police say he got drunk and pulled out his axe. Authorities advise residents not to chase bears through the woods drunk with a dull tool.

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In 'Paddy Buckley' Suffering Through Four Last Days With Dark Comedy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:03am

Jeremy Massey's debut novel centers on an undertaker with magical abilities — like communicating with dogs and flies. Critic Jason Sheehan says Massey has an eye for black humor.

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Positive Train Control: The Tech That Could've Prevented Amtrak Derailment

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:51am

The Amtrak passenger train was going more than 100 miles an hour when it derailed north of Philadelphia. Positive train control could have automatically slowed the train down on that stretch of rail.

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