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Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Fri, 2015-05-01 06:46

Phil Brown, King's publicist, says the soul singer died of natural causes. King began his career with The Drifters, but it was "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that sealed his worldwide fame.

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How Vietnam Put Picking Presidents In The Hands Of The People

Fri, 2015-05-01 06:14

After the Vietnam era, it's hard to see how either party could dial back on its commitment to letting the people - at least those active in party voting - be the deciders of presidential nominations.

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Latino Panhandlers, Ted Cruz, And The Republican Push For Hispanics

Fri, 2015-05-01 05:57

At the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this week, Sen. Ted Cruz called the community "fundamentally conservative," and added, "I don't think I've ever seen a Hispanic panhandler."

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Criminal Charges Could Come Today In N.J. Bridge Closures Scandal

Fri, 2015-05-01 05:41

Former Port Authority official David Wildstein is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. ET. The case could have implications for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely GOP presidential candidate.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Fri, 2015-05-01 05:39

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Fri, 2015-05-01 05:30

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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From The White House: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

Fri, 2015-05-01 05:06

President Obama welcomes the Teacher of the Year ... and tells how a great educator shaped his own life.

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Freddie Gray Update: New Speculation On His Death, And Peaceful Protests

Fri, 2015-05-01 04:30

The time Gray spent in a police van is the focal point in the inquiry over how he sustained an injury that would cause his death. A man who says he was in the van spoke to the media Thursday.

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Oakland Laws Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Thu, 2015-04-30 23:38

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.

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Ask The Vietnamese About War, And They Think China, Not The U.S.

Thu, 2015-04-30 23:30

Vietnam's war with the U.S. lasted just a decade, a mere historical blip compared to its centuries-long feud with China, which has been heating up recently.

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FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Picked First In NFL Draft

Thu, 2015-04-30 16:17

Winston was a embroiled in controversy during his college days. He was accused — and ultimately never charged — of raping an FSU student. Now, he's been picked by Tampa Bay.

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Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers To $16 An Hour

Thu, 2015-04-30 16:17

Aetna, the giant health insurance company, raised its minimum wage this month. CEO Mark Bertolini says he expects the raise will pay for itself through increased productivity.

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Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

Thu, 2015-04-30 15:00

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

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Councilman's Star Rises Fast Amid Baltimore Unrest

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:45

Nick Mosby, who represents much of West Baltimore, has become a prominent voice, turning the spotlight on chronic problems that sparked upheaval.

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Just Do It: Obama Tries To Sway Skeptical Democrats On Trade

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:29

The president is finding it tough to get Democrats on board with a Pacific trade deal. He's meeting with some who might be open to it and even going to Nike headquarters next week for an event.

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Bill That Would Curb NSA's Bulk Collection Of Phone Data Advances In House

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:16

The USA Freedom Act would also make significant opinions from a secret court public and would allow challenges to challenges to National Security Letters.

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Compton's Cowboys Keep The Old West Alive, And Kids Off The Streets

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:05

The city has seen some positive changes in recent years, including a reconnection with the city's rural past. The pastime has given youth an outlet in a region that's at the center of gang violence.

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He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

Thu, 2015-04-30 14:05

The epicenter of the quake that struck Nepal was in the district of Gorkha, a few hours drive from the capital of Kathmandu. We're just beginning to see the extent of the damage in villages there.

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Political Story On Breast Cancer Screenings Was Missing Some Science

Thu, 2015-04-30 13:16

A story on mammogram recommendations quotes only the opposing views in Congress.

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Ex-Gitmo Detainees In Uruguay Turn To Protest At U.S. Embassy

Thu, 2015-04-30 12:46

The men, resettled there after years in detention, say they aren't getting enough asisstance. Camped outside the U.S. Embassy, they are seeking housing and other help reintegrating into society.

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