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Hurricane Florence: How Waffle House Index helps FEMA assess storm

The Waffle House Storm Center is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence, an indicator that parts of the East Coast are in serious danger.

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Someone In Ohio Called Police On A Black Family Delivering Newspapers

Brandie Sharp and her two sons were out delivering the afternoon paper when a cop showed up.

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Why will it take so long to rescue the trapped Thai soccer team? - CNN

Hopes remain high as rescue efforts continue after 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive after nine days. But they can't come out just yet.

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Protesters occupy U.S. Senate building, decry Trump immigration stance

Several hundred activists occupied a U.S. Senate office building on Thursday, filling it with chants decrying U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" stance on illegal immigration before lining up to be arrested for refusing police orders to leave.

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The assassination of Robert Kennedy, as told 50 years later - Los Angeles Times

Fifty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. This is a retelling of that historic event, pulled from The Times’ archives and interviews with three people who bore witness to the shooting and aftermath of his death.

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When I Met Martin Luther King, Jr.

I will always remember that moment and what it taught me about Dr. King and one of his core values: humility.

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Active shooting at YouTube headquarters brings huge police response

San Bruno Police have asked civilians to stay away from YouTube's headquarters amidst reports of an active shooter

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Austin Bombing Suspect Kills Himself In Explosion As Police Move In For Arrest

Police say they followed the suspect from a hotel and confronted him once he pulled over into a ditch. As Austin SWAT officers approached, the suspect detonated a bomb in his car.

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Investigators Say Austin 'Serial Bomber' May Have Used Tripwire In Latest Blast

"With this tripwire, this changes things," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs. "It's more sophisticated. It's not targeted to individuals. We're very concerned."

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The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trump's 'fake news trophy' tweet

They've got a few solid trophy suggestions.

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WiFi Experiment Done By A Group Of 9th Grade Students Got Serious International Attention. THIS Is Why…

Researchers from England, Holland and Sweden have shown great interest in the experiment done by 5 girls from northern Jutland in 9th grade. They did an experiment for a biology test, so brilliant, that it has attracted international attention among ackno

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Once Its AIM Was True, But Soon AOL's Instant Messenger Will Be No More

AOL Instant Messenger, with 100 million users at its peak in 2001, was overtaken by mobile text messaging and social media platforms such as Twitter. It will be shut down in December.

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A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been - POLITICO Magazine

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.

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I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me. - POLITICO Magazine

These newer offshoots have been far more successful than we could ever have dreamed.

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Pravda on the Checkout Line - POLITICO Magazine

First Donald Trump got an endorsement from the tabloids. Now he’s getting a mouthpiece.

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What's Next for the Dakota Access Pipeline? Some Protesters Wary of Future - NBC News

Reality soon began to sink in among the thousands who have been battling against the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months.

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Disbelief, hope and a plan for California's secession: How the tech industry is reacting to Trump’s win

The tech sector strongly backed Hillary Clinton. Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, the industry isn't taking it so well.

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Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ousted Anchor Gretchen Carlson

The longtime Fox News host says she rebuffed sexual advances and also suffered gender discrimination from 'Fox & Friends' co-host Steve Doocy.

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​Gladys Knight sings "Happy Birthday" during traffic stop - CBS News

Utah police officer lets driver off with a warning after legendary soul singer got out of the woman's car to serenade him

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Obamas to remain in D.C. after presidency so daughter can finish high school

President Obama cast some light on his post presidency plans Thursday.

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Comparisons Don’t Support North Korea’s Claims of a Hydrogen Bomb, Experts Say

Experts said comparisons of underground nuclear tests over the past several decades suggested that the North Koreans were exaggerating.

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More Mexican immigrants leaving U.S. than entering: Pew | Reuters

More Mexicans are leaving the United States than entering it according to a report released on Thursday, at a time when some Republicans, including presidential candidate Donald Trump, have taken a hard line on illegal immigration.

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Indonesia sinks 34 of its neighbors' boats to celebrate Independence Day, and Vietnam isn't happy

In what might be one of the world’s strangest Independence Day fireworks displays, Indonesia sank boats seized for illegal fishing.

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Elon Musk’s hyperloop is actually getting kind of serious | Ars Technica

The hyperloop sounds like science fiction, Elon Musk’s pipe dream: leapfrog high-speed rail and go right to packing us into capsules that fling us across the country in hours using what are, essentially, pneumatic tubes. It sounds crazy, when you think about it.

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Here Are President Obama's Songs of Summer, and They're Damn Good

The president is currently grooving to Leonard Cohen, Otis Redding, and Mos Def.

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Insulting a Police Officer Is Not a Crime - CityLab

U.S. courts have made this clear again and again and again.

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Ginsburg: Liberal Justices Make A Point To Speak With One Voice : It's All Politics : NPR

Being in one opinion is important, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday. "If you want to make sure you're read, you do it together, and you do it short," she said.

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Texas Attorney General says county clerks can refuse same-sex marriages

Texas AG Ken Paxton is the latest politician to lash out and strike back at the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

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The most important sentence in the Fair Housing Act ruling - Business Insider

Over the long term, the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday on the Fair Housing Act (FHA) is potentially even more important than its Obamacare decision.

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Charleston Church Shooting: Suspect Dylann Roof Captured in North Carolina

Police have captured Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman who viciously opened fire at a historic black church Wednesday.

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Alexander Hamilton to Share Image on $10 Bill With a Woman

The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will replace the image of its own founder, Alexander Hamilton, on the $10 bill, with a woman as yet to be determined.

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Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor in Manson trial, dies at 80 | abc7.com

Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial who went on to write the best-selling true-crime book, "Helter Skelter," has died. He was 80.

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The Problem With the Backlash to the Game of Thrones Rape Scene

Awareness should not turn into obsessive hyper-vigilance. Those incensed by the fictional rape of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones Sunday night include not only critics and ordinary viewers speaking out in social media, but at least one national politician.

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The Iranian Mullahs’ Crazy War on Lap Dogs - The Daily Beast

Given all the problems Iran faces, from pollution and rats to ISIS on its border and Israel threatening war, why are its lawmakers cracking down on puppies?

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The Internet is for everyone, by everyone. The U.S. doesn't own it.

Silicon Valley is the hub of innovation. We are lucky to be home to so many amazing companies and so much opportunity. We should share that and celebrate it, because the digital economy is global.

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Thousands 'Not Afraid' After Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Thousands of demonstrators gathered today at the Place de la Republique after the shooting deaths at a French satirical newspaper in Paris.

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Vin Scully Lost His 1988 World Series Ring While Christmas Shopping... Then Found it Again

The Dodgers Twitter account put out an A.P.B. for fans yesterday looking for Vin Scully's 1988, which the all-time great had apparently misplaced while Christmas Shopping.

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Eric Garner's Daughter Offers Support to Families of Slain NYPD Officers - ABC News

Emerald Garner, whose father Eric died after police used a choke hold on him during an arrest, came to the NYPD Memorial today to express her condolences.

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The Art of the Umbrella Movement

HONG KONG -- Born of political frustrations, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has blossomed into a vibrant exhibition of the artistry and inventiveness of the city's youth. Pro-democracy demonstrators are transforming a major swath of the city into a ca...

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Ebola virus outbreak: How you can help

Not sure about an charity? USA TODAY Network has compiled a list of organizations responding to the outbreak on the ground.

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Riverside City Councilmember Uses Enough Water For 8 Houses - Droughtshaming - Curbed LA

Regular people are cutting back on watering their lawns and heeding those adorable water conservation commercials with an anthropomorphic State of California as our epic dry times rage, but...

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More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’ - NYTimes.com

A flood of recent lawsuits and government enforcement actions accuse employers across the country of violating laws regulating employee pay.

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James Brady, Press Secretary for Reagan, Dies at 73

James Brady, the former press secretary of President Ronald Reagan and ardent gun control advocate, died today at age 73.

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Jury finds Dodgers negligent in Bryan Stow case

A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury.

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US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report

ACLU cites soaring use of war zone equipment and tactics, killing seven civilians killed and injuring 46 since 2010

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The 9/11 cheese plate goes, the 9/11 gift shop stays: Proof of social media's limited power

People are always talking about the power of social media. Today's example:  In response to online outrage, the National September 11 Memorial Museum store has yanked a ceramic platter shaped like ...

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Put a fork in Chris Christie: He will never, ever be president after this bad month

It's not a good time to be Christie: Downgraded debt, Bridgegate coverup, weak GOP establishment ends his '16 dream

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Glenn Beck’s supporters revolt! How an inane event became a massive headache

Right-wing nuts planned a D.C. protest to oust the president from power. But it failed -- and now they blame Glenn!

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The people of Miami know about climate change. We're living it

Marc Caputo: Politicians who refuse to acknowledge global warming should visit Florida where climate change is all too real

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Most Americans Make It To The Top 20 Percent (At Least For A While)

Lots of Americans spend some time near the top of the income ladder — and many spend at least a few years in poverty.

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    Affirmative Action Isn’t Oppressive, but the Roberts Court Wants to End It Anyway

    By upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court chips away at the idea that diversity is good for all and worth promoting via special treatment.

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      8 Believed Injured at Fort Hood; 2 Possible Shooters

      Multiple people have been injured and the search for the gunman is underway after a shooting at Fort Hood Wednesday afternoon.

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        Koreas trade fire across sea border

        North and South Korea have exchanged fire across the disputed western maritime border, South Korea says, as Pyongyang holds military drills.