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The soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion & the family that sent it into space, twice.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that survived -- and the family that sent it into space, twice.

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As Britain cracks down on weapons, criminals turn to acid attacks - The Washington Post

There were more than 700 acid attacks last year — double the number in 2015.

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The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Some energy experts see commercial nuclear fusion reactors as soon as 2030, augmenting wind and solar power as well as helping make fossil fuel plants obsolete.

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How Russian trolls lie their way to top of Facebook, Twitter - CNET

Propaganda campaigns are more than fake news. Trolls have learned to game social media algorithms and create their artificial viral moments.

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The first US coin could have been held by Alexander Hamilton

Coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the United States, one likely held by Alexander Hamilton himself.

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What’s at Stake in Syria’s Battle for Aleppo: QuickTake Q&A - Bloomberg

Even a war as pitiless as Syria’s can have a low point. The battle for Aleppo has produced carnage, civilian suffering and, according to some, war crimes on a scale rarely surpassed in the five-year conflict. Backed by Russian airstrikes and militias su

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Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server - The Washington Post

The FBI is likely to want to interview the former secretary of state and her aides about private server

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StarKist Settles Tuna Suit, Consumers Can Get $25 or $50 in Tuna - NBC News

If you've bought StarKist tuna in the past six years, you can get $25, or $50 in tuna, in a new class action settlement.

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The Right Way to Remember the Confederacy - WSJ

The indelibly tainted battle flag was removed in South Carolina, but in context, other Confederate monuments can help teach history for all Americans.

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Leap Second: Why Tuesday Will Be 1 Second Longer and Could Screw Up Your Computer - ABC News

It's not Y2K but an extra second added to the final minute in June has some people worried it could cause a disruption to computers not equipped to handle the change.

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The Most Important Thing I Saw on the Streets of Baltimore After the Riots

A silver lining from an incredibly sad series of events...

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Bob Dylan: The Government's Not Going to Create Jobs. Billionaires Can | Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan said that the government doesn't need to create jobs, that billionaires should, in a new interview, partially about 'Shadows in the Night.'

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Video: Shouts of 'Allahu Akbar' at French Magazine Shooting | The Weekly Standard

Read conservative news, blogs and opinion about Charlie Hebdo, Islamist, Shooting and Terror from The Weekly Standard, the must read magazine available in online edition.

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The FBI May Have Made A Huge Mistake In Its Investigation Of The Sony Hack - Business Insider

A threat from the Sony hackers may have actually been a prank.

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ISIS 'more dangerous than people realize' - CNN.com

Juergen Todenhoefer's journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS territory -- their "caliphate."

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Study: Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green - ABC News

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

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Testimony heard by Ferguson grand jury in Michael Brown shooting analysed | Daily Mail Online

St Louis County prosecutor's office on Monday released hundreds of pages of grand jury testimony and photographic evidence from the shooting of Michael Brown.

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White House will now lock the front door!

The White House on Monday said it would do what most homeowners practice to secure their property: Lock the front door. “After Friday night’s incident, when the door is not in use, it will be secured,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest,

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Oscar Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide in Killing of Girlfriend - NYTimes.com

Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa ruled that the athlete was guilty of negligent killing in the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, but did not immediately issue a sentence.

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Scots Independence Genie Fires Separatist Dreams of EU Statehood - Bloomberg

A short walk from Edinburgh Castle, past tourist stores hawking kilts and tartan scarves, a church hall is about to become a patch of Barcelona for the day.

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Cameron to head to Scotland as independence campaign gathers steam - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: By Angus MacSwan and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron implored Scots on Tuesday not to vote for independence in next week's referendum after an opinion poll showed a surge in support for a break

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Parents Who Lost 3 Children on MH17 Say Life Is 'Hell Beyond Hell'

SYDNEY — The Western Australian parents of three children, who were killed with their grandfather on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, released a heartbreaking statement on Wednesday.

Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris lost their three children — Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 — plus Norris's father, Nick, when the plane was shot from the sky above a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The children and their grandfather were returning from a family holiday in Amsterdam on the doomed MH17, while their parents remained behind.

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US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

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There's A Mountain Of Evidence Linking Russia To The Downing Of The Malaysia Airliner

There's a growing body of evidence that has emerged that links Russia to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, despite the best efforts of pro-Russian militants to scrub the record.

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Malaysian Plane 'Shot Down Over Ukraine With 295 On Board'

A Boeing 777 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly comes down in Ukraine, close to the Russian border.

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Bystanders Broke Windows To Free Kids Trapped Inside A Hot Car In Texas

How people still leave their children inside cars when it's hot out is mindblowing. It's bad. Real bad. But somehow every summer we hear tragic stories about what happens to kids trapped inside practical greenhouses.

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Israel Tells Residents of Northern Gaza to Leave Ahead of Strikes - NBC News

The Israeli military Saturday ordered Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area

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Louvre, Eiffel Tower targeted by Islamic terrorist, reports Le Parisien

The Musée du Louvre , the Eiffel Tower and at least one other popular cultural destination in France were the targets of an Islamic terrorist who was arrested in June 2013 before carrying out the attacks, according to reports this week in the daily

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We've Crossed The Tipping Point; Most Americans Now Receive Government Benefits

With the implementation of Obamacare, more than half of Americans are receiving some type of government benefit. That bodes ill for the future.

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Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Maya Angelou, a novelist, actress and educator, died at age 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.

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Nigerian defense chief says military has located abducted girls but can't go in with force

Nigeria's defense chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them.