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Secret Service Supervisor Put On Leave After Assault Accusation

Thu, 2015-04-09 02:52

A senior manager is on leave from the Secret Service, after an employee he supervised reportedly told investigators that he assaulted her by making forceful and unwelcome sexual advances.

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Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

Thu, 2015-04-09 01:03

A bill that would require more children to get vaccinated is moving ahead in the California legislature. Though the state saw a large measles outbreak this year, the bill's final passage may be tough.

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Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

Thu, 2015-04-09 00:03

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:31

Two prominent Republicans in Missouri committed suicide within weeks of each other. Both men were openly upset about political attacks early in the state's primary.

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Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:30

Most calls to the Houston Fire Department are for health problems, not fires. All those medical calls strain the 911 system and make a career in firefighting seem more like a career in health care.

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Rome's Plan For Prostitutes Upsets Sex Workers And The Catholic Chuch

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:29

One neighborhood is creating a 'zone of tolerance' to confine prostitutes to certain areas. The community likes it and says it had to act because Italian society has failed to address the issue.

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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:28

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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If Haitians Want Ice Cream, They're Going To Have To Pay For It

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:27

Haiti can't survive on handouts alone. So instead of giving people electricity, one entrepreneur is selling it to them for a profit. For one village, that means finally having cold treats.

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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:26

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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White House Says It Supports Efforts To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:47

Responding to an online petition seeking the ban, the White House said that science overwhelmingly demonstrates that conversion therapy hurts gay and transgender minors.

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Man Who Filmed S.C. Shooting: 'You Pay For Your Decisions In This Life'

Wed, 2015-04-08 15:50

Feidin Santana said he was walking to work when he witnessed the confrontation. He turned over the video because Walter Scott's family deserved the truth.

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Poll: Obama More Popular Than Fidel And Raúl Castro In Cuba

Wed, 2015-04-08 15:06

The poll, based on 1,200 in-person interviews, found that while Cubans are optimistic about future change, they are unhappy about the present.

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Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Wed, 2015-04-08 14:14

Pickup truck-sized ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have sent in "ice breakers" to help the ships get through.

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Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Wed, 2015-04-08 14:12

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.

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Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Wed, 2015-04-08 13:43

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?

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Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

Wed, 2015-04-08 13:32

Even with vacancies, most Seattle shelters don't let families stay right away. A system designed to alleviate homelessness has resulted in a bottleneck that leaves families on the streets for longer.

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From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

Wed, 2015-04-08 13:20

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem.

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More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

Wed, 2015-04-08 13:01

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C.

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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

Wed, 2015-04-08 12:49

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.

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In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

Wed, 2015-04-08 12:42

The mayor and police chief of the South Carolina town met relatives of Walter Scott, the man who was shot in the back as he ran from a policeman. Video of the shooting contradicts the officer's story.

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