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New Rules Aim To Streamline GOP's 2016 Nominating Process

Fri, 2014-05-09 16:18

If there are other Herman Cains and Michele Bachmanns out there with 2016 presidential hopes, new RNC rules may make it harder for them to go from "who?" to Republican presidential contenders.

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Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

Fri, 2014-05-09 14:27

The move clears the way for gay couples to wed in the state. Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is expected to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

Fri, 2014-05-09 13:14

A huge number of adults in Europe will be obese or overweight by 2030, a study predicts. Ireland has the dubious honor of leading the way.

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Home-Wrecker: Woman Doesn't Like Neighbors, Demolishes Their Home

Fri, 2014-05-09 13:11

Ana Maria Moreta Folch said she was doing her neighborhood in St. Johns County, Fla., a favor. She was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, and released on $10,000 bail.

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Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:51

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.

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Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:31

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts.

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Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The NFL draft opened Thursday night, and as sportswriter Stefan Fatsis notes, it wasn't short on drama. The most talked-about draftee, quarterback Johnny Manziel, slid to the 22nd pick. Stretched across the whole weekend, the draft has become all but ubiquitous.

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On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

As Russians celebrated their World War II victory, President Vladimir Putin made his first visit to Crimea since its annexation to Russia. Meanwhile, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine are preparing for a referendum Sunday.

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After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C.

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The new Syrian rebel leader Ahmed Jarab is in D.C., trying to get more support. He is meeting with members of Congress and the State Department, as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rice. President Obama is also expected to drop by. While the U.S. is considering stepping up its secret weapons shipments, some military analysts and officials say this aid may already be too late.

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Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

NPR announced the selection of its new CEO: Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio DJ and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years.

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Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The federal fire scientists hope to hand off their findings to fire managers, who have to make the quick decisions on where to deploy resources that could protect lives and property.

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Spain Fines Team Of Racist, Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

Fri, 2014-05-09 11:59

Soccer, Spain's national pastime, has been tainted by racism. After two recent ugly incidents, debate is raging over how to punish racist fans, and if the teams they love should be held responsible.

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NBA Picks Dick Parsons As Interim CEO Of Los Angeles Clippers

Fri, 2014-05-09 11:46

Parsons previously served as CEO of Time Warner. The appointment comes in the wake of the scandal surrounding racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whom the league banned for life.

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Not-So-Social Media: Why People Have Stopped Talking On Phones

Fri, 2014-05-09 11:37

There was a time when teens would spend hours on the phone gabbing with friends. Now, that's the stodgiest behavior imaginable. Even for older people, a ringing phone is an unwanted intrusion.

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Turkish Man On Dating Show Was Ax Murderer; He Also Killed Wife

Fri, 2014-05-09 10:51

The 62-year-old appeared on a show called Luck of the Draw and said he'd learned from his past and was now an "honest person looking for a new wife." The host wasn't convinced: She told him to leave.

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Health Centers Hurt In States That Skipped Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 2014-05-09 10:41

Most of the affected patients live in the South, because every state in the region except Arkansas and Kentucky opted against expanding the Medicaid program for the poor.

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What Are The Most (And Least) Charitable U.S. States?

Fri, 2014-05-09 10:40

There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll.

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Ford Recalls Nearly 700,000 Vehicles To Fix Safety Problems

Fri, 2014-05-09 09:51

The defects include a glitch that can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in some rollover crashes, and exterior door handles that can bind and stop the door from latching properly.

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Democrats Divided Over Participation In Benghazi Panel

Fri, 2014-05-09 08:56

The House voted to establish a panel to look into circumstances surrounding the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.

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U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

Fri, 2014-05-09 08:19

Britain has a national election next year and both leading parties have hired U.S. campaign advisers who played prominent roles in President Obama's victories.

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