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Fantasy Playhouse resumes its run of Pinocchio this weekend at the VBC playhouse. The whimsical production features fantastic sets and costumes and plenty of Fantasy magic. Karen Mockensturm, Executive director of Fantasy Playhouse, and Griffin Emerson who plays Pinocchio let us in on some, but not all, of the show’s surprises. Performances are 7pm Friday April 28th and 1:30pm and 5:00pm Saturday, April 29th and Sunday April 30th. More information at www.fantasyplayhouse.com or 256-539-6829. (Photo by Jeff White)

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This week 25 years ago, policemen were acquitted in the savage beating of African-American Rodney King. Five days of riots, arson and looting ensued, fueled by deep-rooted tensions that persist today.

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

"I believe that we have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong Un will do what he says," says Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer.

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

The not-yet-named carrier is the second in China's arsenal. It took less than four years to build.

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

The White House is issuing tax-plan guidelines today. It's not likely to get taken up soon, but Trump's Treasury secretary is pledging to move quickly — and to achieve 3 percent growth.

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

The phrase didn't originate with the Trump campaign. Advocates of tougher laws on political money and lobbying have used it for years.

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