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‘Justice for Laquan!’ Demonstrators Chant, as Chicago Officer Is Convicted of Murder

For some residents, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of Laquan McDonald became a proxy for years of anger over police mistreatment of black Chicagoans.

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Future uncertain for Chula Vista Dreamer who accidentally crossed into Tijuana

Late night on July 14, Marcela Dominguez woke up in the backseat of a friend’s car only to find herself in Tijuana. She was scared, her palms were sweaty, and her heart raced as she found herself overwhelmed with panic.

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    Constituent called 911, suspecting drug deal, on Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs while she canvassed for Assembly seat

    Shelia Stubbs, an African-American woman and a 12-year veteran of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, was knocking doors on Madison's west side when a resident called police to report

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    ‘He would be the first to kneel’: Pat Tillman exploited to attack Kaepernick, biographer says

    The death of Pat Tillman has been used to strengthen political talking points since he was killed in 2004.

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    Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

    Plastic trash less than 5 millimeters long is in the things we eat and drink, and the air we breathe. Scientists are just beginning to study where it comes from and how it might affect our health.

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    Veteran commits suicide hours after being turned away at VA facility – Rest In Peace

    A former Marine and Army National Guardsmen killed himself after being denied admittance to a VA facility in Iowa City, despite telling doctors that he was having "serious mental issues." Brandon Ketchum, 33, killed himself only a few hours after being tu

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    Teen peace program unites Jews, Muslims and Christians

    Three-week Hands of Peace program in Carlsbad brought together American, Israeli and Palestinian teens for dialogues and team-building

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      Report: Marines lead all services in binge drinking, sex partners

      A report by the Rand Corporation says drinking and risky sexual behavior rates in the military are higher than in the general population, with the Marines leading the way.

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      San Diego council votes to limit Airbnb rentals to primary residences only

      In a move that will dramatically alter San Diego’s home sharing landscape, the City Council Monday voted to outlaw vacation rentals in secondary homes, limiting short-term stays to one’s primary residence only.

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      Hawaii to ban sale of reef-damaging sunscreens by 2021 - Distressed Mullet

      Hawaii has passed legislation to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two coral-harming chemicals—oxybenzone and octinoxate. Senate Bill 2571, introduced

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        When will they matter?

        These kids are not coming here to steal jobs, nor are they members of MS-13. They’re fucking kids!

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        Portland poised to adopt plastic straw ordinance

        Portland city council will be discussing a plastic straw resolution this week. If passed, the resolution would direct city staff to develop a strategy for reducing the use of single-use plastic items, including straws. As the city tackles the issue, more

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        'White Civil Rights Rally' Approved For D.C. In August

        White nationalists and their allies are set to gather on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" rally. The National Park Service approved an application for a rally near the White House.

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        Plastic Pollution Campaign Victories Make Healthy Beaches

        Surfrider Chapters are Fighting the Good Fight Against the Scourge of Plastic Pollution

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        A televangelist wants his followers to pay for a $54 million private jet. It’s his fourth plane.

        Duplantis is the latest aircraft-seeking preacher to draw raised eyebrows and outright condemnation from critics who say a multimillion-dollar luxury jet is not what Jesus meant when he said “store up for yourself treasures in heaven.”

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        Ireland Resoundingly Votes To Legalize Abortion

        The country has some of the strictest laws on abortion in the developed world. But that will change, after 66.4 percent of voters chose to repeal a constitutional amendment.

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        Del Mar reluctantly adds ‘managed retreat’ to coastal erosion options

        Only as a last resort would city consider taking homes off the beach

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        No, a new bill wouldn't 'literally' ban Bible sales in California but debate rages

        Despite proof of the contrary, false claims that a bill in California will ban the sale of Bibles continue to spread online.

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        A liberal entrepreneur set out to help West Virginians — and got a lesson in humility

        A Washingtonian pitched an idea for a business institute in a rural area. Both sides had to overcome their own biases first.

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        I Read the News Today, Oh Boy. And Realized I Should Start Paying for It.

        Today's column will come as a shocker to some folks. I've thought long and hard about this as someone who regularly offers up analysis of current events.  I grew up as a writer steeped in loathing for the establishment press. The hostility disp

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        Female suspect dead in YouTube HQ shooting

        Three people were also wounded, one of them a man said to be the suspect's boyfriend.

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        The year climate change began to spin out of control

        Fires ravaged the West, hurricanes battered the East—and still emissions continued to rise.

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        50 years after My Lai massacre, survivors remember: 'I had to climb over so many bodies'

        Before the day was over, 504 Vietnamese villagers were killed by American soldiers in what would be known as the My Lai massacre in the Vietnam War.

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        How homicide charges for two skippers will shake up the entire Navy

        It could spur fleet-level skippers and chiefs to push back against relentless demands from the Navy's senior leaders.

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        Chicago cop given 5 years in prison for shooting at car, wounding two teens

        Officer Marco Proano told the judge he was just trying “to protect human life” when he fired 16 times at the car. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

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        Shoddy seamanship to blame in Lake Champlain collision

        The first public details of the May incident emerged in last week's release of the Navy's comprehensive surface force review.

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        Ferguson documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ comes to the masses

        “To be successful at something that is based on such an ugly premise is a challenge and I think about it all the time,” said Sabaah Folayan, co-director of “Whose

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        Forget 'The Bronx Is Burning.' These Days, The Bronx Is Gentrifying

        In the 1970s, the phrase "the Bronx is burning" became a shorthand for urban decay. Now, money is flowing in, but not without controversy.

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        A Look At The Role Race Plays As West Dallas Gentrifies

        West Dallas is a neighborhood in the early stages of gentrification. Low-income residents are being edged out — almost all of them are Latino or black.

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        'Hit First And Worst': Region's Communities Of Color Brace For Climate Change Impacts

        The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

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        Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show

        A Republican donor and operative from Chicago's North Shore who said he had tried to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room days after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his effo

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        Sony Will Start Making Vinyl Records Again In Japan, After Nearly 30-Year Hiatus

        Sony says it's meeting new demand from young people who buy records they've heard on streaming services. The company stopped pressing vinyl in 1989.

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        In This LA Neighborhood, Protest Art Is A Verb

        About a third of Boyle Heights' 90,000 residents live below the poverty line. But lower rents have attracted art galleries to the area, and that is drawing the ire of residents and activists.

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        The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

        Drone pilots and intelligence analysts who work with them may not be in physical danger themselves but "no doubt are war fighters" who experience psychological stress, says the Air Force.

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        Iconic Covina Bowl closing its doors forever

        Brunswick Zone Covina Bowl, one of the last mid-century California bowling alleys to survive intact and unscathed, is about to close its doors.The venue, known for

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        Trump order drops protection for families of deployed military

        Imagine you are a member of the United States military deployed on the front lines confronting ISIS or other terrorist threats. Suddenly you get a desperate phone call from home — Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested your family and they’r

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        In coal country, putting faith in Trump's economic promises

        In the coal towns of West Virginia, President Trump made economic promises that helped him win the election. Around 12,000 mining jobs have been eliminated in the last few years in that state alone while production remains at its lowest since the 1980s. I

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        L.A.'s Weirdest Seaside Game Arcade Is Closing

        The Redondo Fun Factory is getting replaced by a massive luxury development

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        Lawsuits pit county against Sierra Club, other conservationists on development in national forest

        Environmental groups on Friday sued the county of San Diego over its handling of rules for backcountry development in the Cleveland National Forest — underlining the heated debate about how best to meet a growing population’s housing needs while lim

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        For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks

        Disillusioned college grads find a lucrative niche with a site that stokes the alt-right and plays fast and loose with facts.

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        Study: Baby boomers don't work harder than younger generations

        New analysis by psychologists revealed no significant differences in work ethic among different generations.

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        A massive 895-home development on Southern California’s coast is shot down

        After a marathon day of testimony, California coastal commissioners voted to deny a controversial proposal to develop one of the largest open private parcels of land on the Southern California coast.

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        North Dakota Pipeline To Halt Temporarily After Tribe's Protest | Huffington Post

        The battle over development on sacred sites has led to violent clashes.

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        Tempers Flare During Protest Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

        In North Dakota, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been joined by hundreds of other Native Americans and supporters in a protest against the ongoing construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

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        How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

        They’re turning the web into a cesspool of aggression and violence. What watching them is doing to the rest of us may be even worse

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        Silicon Valley Billionaire Will Go to Trial to Keep Surfers Off His Private Beach

        A group of beachgoers are suing Vinod Khosla for access to the coastline.

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        Obama spars with Castro on human rights during historic Cuba visit

        A U.S. presidential visit to the inner sanctum of Cuban power would have been unthinkable before Obama and Raul Castro's rapprochement 15 months ago.

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        Arrest photo of young activist Bernie Sanders emerges from Tribune archives

        A Chicago Tribune archival photo of a young man being arrested in 1963 at a South Side protest is Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders , his campaign has confirmed, bolstering the candidate's narrative about his civil rights activism.

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        Two Israelis jailed for life, 21 years for burning Palestinian teen alive

        A court sentenced two young Israelis to life and 21 years in prison Thursday for the burning alive of a Palestinian teen, part of a cycle of violence that led up to the 2014 Gaza war.

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        Illinois bans cigarette butts, $1,500 fine to anyone that throws one on the ground

        In an effort to curb litter, the state of Illinois has made it illegal to toss cigarette butts on the ground, nailing first time offenders with a $1,500 fine. According to the national lobbying organization Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, cigarette

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          Navy SEALs, a Beating Death and Claims of a Cover-Up

          U.S. soldiers accused Afghan police and Navy SEALs of abusing detainees. But the SEAL command opted against a court-martial and cleared its men of wrongdoing.

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          Former Drone Pilots Denounce 'Morally Outrageous' Program

          Former Air Force airmen are speaking out against America's drone war, calling the military drone program

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          Hours After San Bernardino Shooting, Muslim Community Condemned Attack

          The Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference very early into the investigation into the attack. CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper explains why they moved so quickly.

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          Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic despite court ruling - BBC News

          Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice.

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          10 Things To Know About The U.N. Climate Talks In Paris

          Leaders from around the world are converging on Paris for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. Listen to our special coverage to find out what you should know and what's at stake.

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          San Diego Developers See a New Frontier in Tijuana

          Choked by expensive land and restrictive regulations, some of San Diego’s small, independent developers are looking across the border.

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            WATCH: A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers – ISIS in Afghanistan - FRONTLINE

            Few reporters have made it safely in and out of ISIS-occupied territory in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE's Najibullah Quraishi is one of them. In this excerpt from

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              National Geographic Society sets biggest layoff in its history

              In the midst of closing deal with Murdoch, it terminated 180 employees, or 9 percent of its staff.

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                After Threatening Fliers Appear In The Mission, Tech Workers Reportedly Change Their Clothes

                New fliers tell tech workers to leave the Mission...or else.

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                  Utah’s Power Plants Are Threatening the Ski Industry

                  Local pro skier Angel Collinson lays out how the state’s refusal to obey federal clean air standards is costing athletes, businesses, and visitors.

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                  Climate Change Is Here - National Geographic Magazine

                  Record heat, fading ice, and rising seas show how climate change is affecting us. But there’s new hope we can cool the planet. Here’s how.

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                    Airport security workers, TSA in the throes of legal battles

                    TAMPA — For four years, Angnel Blanco was a top employee with the Transportation Security Administration at Orlando International Airport.

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                      Kalief Browder, Jailed For Years At Rikers Island Without Trial, Commits Suicide

                      Browder was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. His family couldn't pay bail so he stayed in jail, reportedly enduring beatings and solitary confinement before his case was dismissed in 2013.

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                        U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

                        The State Department removed Havana from the list following a thawing of relations with the United States.

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                          America's Oldest Park Ranger, 93, Is A Fierce Advocate For Young Women Of Color Everywhere

                          For America’s most seasoned ranger, sharing nine decades of history is, truly, a walk in the park. Betty Reid Soskin, 93, is thought to be the nation’s oldest active park ranger, accor

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                            Texas Governor Backtracks After Pentagon Denies Takeover Plot

                            Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military training exercises scheduled for his state. Some had feared the government was preparing to impose martial law in Texas.

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                              Wyoming Just Criminalized Citizen Science and Sharing Photos of Yellowstone

                              Imagine visiting Yellowstone this summer. You wake up before dawn to take a picture of the sunrise over the mists emanating from Yellowstone hot springs. A thunderhead towers above the rising sun, and the picture turns out beautifully. You submit the phot

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                                Muslim Migrants Threw Christians Overboard, Italian Police Say

                                Tens of thousands of people are trying to flee Africa by boarding rickety and often overcrowded boats for the journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Many ships capsize or are abandoned by smugglers, and hundreds have already died en route. More t

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                                  Return to My Lai

                                  Half a century after the massacre he uncovered, a reporter goes back to Vietnam.

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                                    $200-million Orange County tollway project stalls

                                    A $200-million tollway project in Orange County suffered another defeat this week as water quality regulators refused to issue a waste discharge permit that was needed before construction can begin on the controversial project.

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                                      SURFRIDER CONTINUES FIGHT TO OPEN MARTINS BEACH AFTER KHOSLA APPEALS RULING

                                      Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches

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                                        1,000+ Muslims Turn Out To Form Human Shield Around Norway Synagogue (VIDEO)

                                        Young Muslims organized the event and over 1,000 Muslims gathered to take a stand against anti-semitism and Muslim extremism.

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                                          Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ Correspondent, Dies at 73 in Manhattan Car Crash

                                          Mr. Simon, who covered most major news events over the past five decades, was in a livery cab that sideswiped a car and then veered into a median on 12th Avenue.

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                                          Police chief calls Nashville Ferguson protests 'example for nation'

                                          Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson lauded Ferguson protesters Wednesday and defended a decision to let them briefly shut down Nashville's Interstate 24 twice Tuesday night.

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                                            'Canned hunting': the lions bred for slaughter

                                            Canned hunting is a fast-growing business in South Africa, where thousands of lions are being bred on farms to be shot by wealthy foreign trophy-hunters, writes Patrick Barkham

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                                              60 Minutes Video - Clarissa Ward travels to South Africa and meets a man who has adopted 26 lions to save them from a tourism industry with a sinister side

                                              Clarissa Ward travels to South Africa and meets a man who has adopted 26 lions to save them from a tourism industry with a sinister side. Warning: graphic content.

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                                                Monsanto Sues Maui for Banning GMOs

                                                Residents of Maui County, Hawai'i voted on November 4 to ban the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops on the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai until sc

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                                                  Watch: German town plays prank on neo-Nazis

                                                  An annual march of neo-Nazis ended up raising funds for an organization committed to their downfall.

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                                                    Brawl at punk rock gig ends with 1 shot dead, 1 stabbed

                                                    LOS ANGELES -- A brawl at a punk rock concert spilled out into the parking lot and ended with one man fatally shot and another man stabbed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incidents happened about 12:15 a.m. Sunday (3:15 a.m

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                                                    White House Official: U.S. Would Consider Ground Troops In Iraq To Help Save Refugees

                                                    Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, told reporters Wednesday the U.S. would consider using ground troops in Iraq to help rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain, the New York Times reports. The ...

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                                                    Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego Condemns the Israeli Offensive in Gaza

                                                     By David Deutsch, Jonathan Graubart, and Avital Aboody, Jewish Voice for Peace, San Diego Jewish Voice for Peace San Diego (JVPSD) is the local chapter of the national Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization devoted to the pursuit of peace,

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                                                    Police: Gunman kills student in shooting at Reynolds High School in Oregon

                                                    Police: Gunman kills student in shooting at Reynolds High School in Oregon

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                                                    Prisoner swaps like Sgt. Bergdahl's are nothing new

                                                    The deal to bring home America's last prisoner of war fits in the context of both Obama's presidency and US history.

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                                                      World Cup protests continue in Brazil, snarl Rio traffic (PHOTOS)

                                                      Several demonstrations aimed at Brazil’s upcoming World Cup tournament took place in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, snarling traffic towards the city center.

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                                                      Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

                                                      Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.

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                                                      Billionaire Vinod Khosla Must Appear in Court Over Martin's Beach Lawsuit, Judge Rules

                                                      Billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla can no longer avoid appearing in court for the long-wrought legal battle over Martin's Beach, a San Mateo County judge ruled Thursday. Martin's Beach, a cove near Half Moon Bay beloved by surfers for its

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                                                        What Real Russians Think About Ukraine Crisis - NBC News

                                                        Around 700 miles from Crimea, Moscow residents ponder the impact its annexation will have on their lives. NBC News’ Albina Kovalyova reports.

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                                                        Baby Charged With Attempted Murder, Goes Into Hiding in Pakistan - NBC News

                                                        Relatives of a nine-month-old baby charged with attempted murder in Pakistan have taken him into hiding, a relative said on Tuesday, in a case that has throw...

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                                                          Powerful wave smashes into restaurant

                                                          A powerful wave came crashing into a Santa Barbara restaurant, shattering windows and soaking patrons who were eating.