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The Joys Of Spoiling

Wed, 2014-04-23 07:13

In the Internet Age, spoilsports abound, What would drive someone to ruin it for everyone else?

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7 Weeks Before World Cup, Rio Is Rocked By Riot

Wed, 2014-04-23 07:08

Angry residents of a favela, or slum, set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Authorities have stepped up security in advance of the World Cup.

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Government Will Try To Persuade Sherpas To Stay On Everest

Wed, 2014-04-23 06:08

Some of the guides have reportedly packed up to leave. Shaken by the deaths last week of 16 Sherpas, many don't want to climb this year. Negotiators are headed to Everest's base camp.

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Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster

Wed, 2014-04-23 05:00

Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150. An equal number remain missing.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wed, 2014-04-23 03:40

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope

Wed, 2014-04-23 03:38

Washington, Ill., lost half of its assessed property value to a tornado in November, but residents who lost everything are eager to reclaim their hometown.

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Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom

Wed, 2014-04-23 03:35

News reports indicate the 15-year-old was hoping to eventually get to Somalia, where his mother lives. He crawled into the wheel well of a jet that flew from California to Hawaii.

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'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet

Wed, 2014-04-23 02:50

Investigators are studying a piece of metal discovered on a beach in western Australia to see if it might be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

Wed, 2014-04-23 01:23

One nonprofit in Tulsa has flipped the script on preschool. The Community Action Project says its premise simple: To help kids, it says, you often have to help their parents.

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One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

Wed, 2014-04-23 01:03

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

Wed, 2014-04-23 00:34

As Western leaders craft another round of sanctions to counter the Russian president's moves in Crimea, they might do well to consult a grandmaster at chess — Russia's national pastime.

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The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Wed, 2014-04-23 00:32

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

Wed, 2014-04-23 00:31

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

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Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In

Wed, 2014-04-23 00:30

Archaeologists in South Carolina are excavating a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp site, hoping to find historical artifacts before they are buried under new construction.

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Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon

Wed, 2014-04-23 00:29

High unemployment and the growing use of meth and other drugs have fueled an explosion of property crimes. Amid cuts to law enforcement, community watch groups are cropping up to fill the vacuum.

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U.S. Clears Egypt For Some Military Assistance

Tue, 2014-04-22 22:11

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

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Sherpas Leave Everest; Some Expeditions Nix Climbs

Tue, 2014-04-22 22:02

Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday. It's an unprecedented walkout to honor 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in an avalanche.

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Albert Pujols' 500th HR Helps Angels Beat Nationals 7-2

Tue, 2014-04-22 20:36

The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. He drove in five runs Tuesday night to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2.

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Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

Tue, 2014-04-22 16:18

A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."

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Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips

Tue, 2014-04-22 15:27

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

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