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Start to Twister Season Could be Quietest in a Century: Experts

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:57pm
Call it the silver lining in last winter’s polar vortex: This year has so far seen fewer twisters than any similar period in at least six decades and possibly a century or more.The U.S. has so far seen zero tornado deaths –- the safest start since 2002.






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Big Bangs: Asteroids Strike Earth More Often Than We Think

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:26pm
SEATTLE — Hurtling space rocks like the one that traced a blazing streak across the Russian sky last year slam through Earth's atmosphere on a regular basis, according to data from a system used to detect nuclear weapons explosions. And there’s no way to tell when the next one is coming.






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U.S. Troops Bound to Bolster Baltics

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:26pm
In response to Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, the U.S. military will send about 600 soldiers to several nations on the Baltic Sea for training and exercises over the next week.
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: 'Get Over It'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:26pm
For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: "Get over it, to be blunt.
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Higher Beef Prices Taking a Bite Out of McDonald's Profits

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:37pm
McDonald's has a real beef. Not only are fewer customers visiting the Golden Arches and rival chains eating into its fast-food empire, but now it has to pay more for the meat in its hamburgers.No wonder it posted a lower quarterly profit on Tuesday as soaring beef prices bit into margins.






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Afghan Election Runoff Likely, Early Results Suggest

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:37pm
KABUL - Afghanistan’s presidential elections look likely to go to a runoff between an ex-minister and World Bank executive after voting figures on Tuesday suggested no clear winner has emerged.With 50 percent of votes counted so far it is still not clear who will succeed President Hamid Karzai.






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Ryan to Meet With Black Lawmakers After 'Inner Cities' Uproar

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:37pm
After being criticized as racially insensitive for his comments on unemployment in "inner cities," House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss the issue of poverty, an aide for the CBC says.






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Heiress Auction: Huguette Clark's Treasures For Sale

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:37pm

The possessions of one of the wealthiest and most secretive women in America, including a Monet and a Stradivarius violin, are being auctioned off.








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Ukraine Mourns Civilians Slain in Gun Fight

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:22pm
Ukrainians attended the funeral ceremony of three men killed on April 20 in the eastern city of Slovyansk on Tuesday, after a fatal gun battle erupted near a makeshift checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists.






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Russia Hits Back at Biden: We Are Ready for 'Unfriendly Steps'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:22pm
Russia hit back at tough talk by Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying it could cope if the White House imposed further sanctions over its actions in Ukraine.






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Angry Sherpas to Ditch Everest Following Tragedy

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:51am
KATMANDU, Nepal — Most Sherpas mountain guides have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide said, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief over the lives lost last week in Everest's deadliest disaster.






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They're Back! Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Join Derby Coverage

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:20am

Everybody’s favorite announcer team from Sochi is back, joining NBC's crew at the May 3 Kentucky Derby as fashion experts.








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Russian Cadets Train in Weapons and Patriotism

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:04am

School teaches military and patriotic classes alongside normal syllabus.








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What's Wrong With Wyatt? Baby's Disease Baffles Doctors

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:04am

A 9-month-old baby is baffling doctors with his rare diagnosis -- a condition that prevents him from opening his mouth.








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Christie: I'll Never OK Legal Pot in NJ

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:04am
Gov. Chris Christie says he will “never” permit legalized marijuana use while he’s the governor of New Jersey.Responding to a question about pot legalization on a call-in radio show, Christie cited a recent study that showed even casual marijuana use could be detrimental to the human brain.






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For Some Student Borrowers, Co-Signer Death Brings Nasty Shock

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:49am
Students who take out private loans to pay for college could face a nasty surprise if their co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy: The lender may suddenly demand the loan be paid in full—or even worse, put that loan in default—even though all payments are being made on time.






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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:49am
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.In a 6-2 ruling, the justices said the state did not violate the U.S. Constitution when its voters banned affirmative action.






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Bulldog Beauty Pageant Features Tiaras, Tutus and Slobber

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:33am

Fifty canine contestants competed in the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog pageant, a slobberfest that takes place at Drake University’s campus in Des Moines, Iowa.








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That Was Quick! Coins Commemorate Crimea-Russia 'Reunification'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:33am
A Russian factory has produced 25 palm-sized silver coins bearing President Vladimir Putin's face to commemorate Crimea's "reunification" with Russia, state media reported on Tuesday.






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Stowaway's Sister Denies Family Fight Led to Perilous Flight

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:33am

A woman claiming to be the older sister of the teen who hid in the wheel well of a plane to Hawaii denied reports he had an argument with his family.








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