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New 'Star Wars' Villains Were Inspired by Nazis

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:02am
"Star Wars" devotees are desperate for any new information about the "Force Awakens" bad guy, Kylo Ren.









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Will New Orleans' $14.5B Walls Stand Up to Next Big Storm?

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:14am
Another Katrina-like hurricane, or worse, is out there, and for New Orleans the big questions are how soon, and how prepared the city will be.









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23-Foot Waves, Gales to Lash Missing Jet's Search Zone

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:02am
Gale-force winds and waves as high as 23 feet were forecast in the southern Indian Ocean where experts are searching for missing flight MH370.









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Asian Shares Seesaw as China Rate Cut Fails to Spark Rally

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:23am
Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday and Shanghai's index fell despite Beijing's decision to cut a key interest rate.









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Armed Teen Surrenders After Holding Class Hostage

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:19am
The 14-year-old student was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the frightening incident at Philip Barbour High School, state police said.









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Oops! Boy Puts Hand Through Million-Dollar Masterpiece

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:06am
A $1.54 million masterpiece was back on display in the Taiwan capital on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy tripped, fell and punched a hole in the canvass.









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2 NATO Troops Killed by Gunmen in Afghan Uniforms

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:06am
Two NATO service members died after gunmen wearing Afghan national security forces uniforms opened fire on a their vehicle on Wednesday.









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Hiker Burned, 2 Dogs Die After Leaping Into Idaho Hot Spring

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:34am
A man hiking through a national forest in Idaho suffered severe burns after his two dogs plunged into a hot spring and he jumped into the scalding water to rescue them, managing to save just one of his pets, U.S. Forest Service officials said on Tuesday.









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Sewage Spill Closes Honolulu's Waikiki Beach

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:53am
The beach will remain closed through Wednesday after a 500,000-gallon spill triggered by heavy rains sent wastewater over the tourist spot.









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Teacher Accused of Sending Topless Pic to Student

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:52pm
Andrea Slade, 32, claims she had sent the selfie to her husband and that a student somehow got a hold of her phone and shared it, police said.









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American Hero Who Helped Stop Train Attack Arrives Home

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:38pm
Anthony Sadler, a 23-year-old college student, and two friends were among those honored for stopping a AK-47 toting gunman on a Paris-bound train.









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Dr. Red Duke, Surgeon Who Attended JFK, Dies at 86

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:31pm
James "Red" Duke initially treated President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and became nationally famous as a medical TV host.









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Don't Forget, Omega-3 Pills Don't Help Memory: Study

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:48pm
The study may dispel the belief that taking omega-3 supplements can protect the brain from cognitive decline and dementia.









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Donald Trump to Anchor Jorge Ramos: 'Go Back to Univision'

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:14pm
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump clashed with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos at a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, leading to journalist's temporary removal from the event.









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Biologist Sees Rare Nautilus for First Time in 30 Years

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:13pm
Thirty years after finding a then-new species of nautilus off the coast of Papua New Guinea, Peter Ward finally got a chance to see it once more.









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Federal Judge Suspends Mississippi Executions

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:51pm
Two Death Row inmates argued that the state's lethal injection protocol is "chemical torture."









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Five Reasons Why China's Woes Are Rocking the World

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 6:41pm
The economic struggles of China, the world's largest exporter and second-largest importer, are potentially the world's problems.









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Iowa Fair Vendor's Harsh Lesson for Bad Kids Goes Viral

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 6:38pm
'I'm selling crappy toys at the fair! Is that what you wanna do with your life?" the vendor told the kids.









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Resources Falling Short in Monster Washington Fire

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:46pm
Commanders blamed a "lack of resources" for the continued spread of the 260,000-acre Okanogan Complex of fires in Washington state.









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Toddler Shot Dead Near St. Louis

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:36pm
Police said the 21-month old boy was shot in Hanley Hills, northwest of St. Louis, and died, but the circumstances are under investigation.









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