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Bill Nye the Science Guy on Debate With Ken Ham: 'I Bested Him'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:02pm
Science educator Bill Nye says there should be no debate over who won the much-hyped faceoff between him and creationist Ken Ham earlier this year. "I bested him," Nye insists.






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A Columbine Survivor's Trip to Virginia Tech

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:46pm
Virginia Tech University – Blacksburg, VirginiaApril 16, 2007: 32 Killed (33 including shooter), over 20 injuredAt Virginia Tech Sam met up with an old friend--Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson.






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Obama, Biden Tout New Job Training Grants

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:31pm
President Barack Obama on Wednesday called growing the middle class "the defining issue of our time" and announced $600 million in new competitive grants to create training programs to teach Americans the skills necessary to obtain well-paying jobs.






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Cantor Blasts Obama After Immigration Reform Call

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:31pm
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says that he and President Barack Obama clashed Wednesday during a phone conversation about immigration reform.






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Ferry Sinks Off South Korea; 6 Dead, 290 Missing

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:31pm
Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.






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Teen Makes Genetic Discovery of Her Own Rare Cancer

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:15pm
As a child, Elana Simon suffered for years from crippling stomach pain. Yet despite trips to multiple specialists, her pain remained a mystery."Nothing seemed to be explaining why I was having these problems," Elana told NBC News' Ann Curry.






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Despite Popular Pope, a Drop in Latin American Catholics

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:00pm
Despite his strong popularity, Pope Francis has not been able to stem the tide of fellow Latin Americans turning away from Catholicism, according to a survey released Wednesday by Chile-based pollster Latinobarómetro .






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Jim Maceda: Armored Ukrainian Forces Defecting

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:00pm

NBC's Jim Maceda reports that armored Ukrainian troops are handing over their troop carriers to pro-Russian local militia in Slavyansk.








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Inmates Perform 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Behind Bars in Peru

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm

Inmates performed a production of the play "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Sarita Colonia prison, ahead of Holy Week celebrations in Lima, on Tuesday.








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Yawning Suspect to Judge: 'I Don't Care, Man'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm

A suspect was sent to jail after telling a judge, "I don't care, man."








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Doctors' Free Samples Have a Hidden Cost

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm
Most people appreciate a free sample. But at the dermatologist’s office, that freebie might come with a hidden cost. A new study finds that giving out samples may actually change which drugs a doctor prescribes.






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Oh Baby: Scientists Find Protein That Lets Egg and Sperm Hook Up

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm
You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo.






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Give Me Your Google Glass and Nobody Gets Hurt!

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm
Smartphones are enticing targets for thieves. It stands to reason that if a shiny new iPhone is attractive to crooks, Google Glass, essentially a $1,500 computer you wear on your face, should be irresistible.






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Will Missing Malaysian Airlines Jet Remains Ever Be Found?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:41pm
Retrieving wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet and its black boxes has been met with dead ends and misplaced hope, leaving families to wonder whether the remains of their loved ones — or at least personal effects — can ever be found.






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Spring Snow Chills Spirits and Buries Flowers

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:40pm
A cold front swept as far south as Louisiana on Tuesday, dumping several inches of snow in parts of upstate New York and an icy dusting in New York City overnight.






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Lawyer of Man Who Never Served 13-Year Sentence: Going 'to the Mat'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:40pm

The Missouri attorney general has asked for a judge to deny a request for release by Mike Anderson, who was jailed after it was discovered that he never served his sentence for a 1999 armed robbery.


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Celebs, Priests Flock to Pope John Paul II Musical in Rome

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
ROME – Priests rubbed shoulders with celebs in designer clothes Tuesday night at the premiere of a musical based on the life of soon-to-be saint Pope John Paul II.Italian VIPs barely managed to cut through the excited crowd as paparazzi flashbulbs fired.






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Mummies With Copper Masks Pose a Mystery in Siberia

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
Why were copper-masked mummies buried in shallow graves in the wastes of Siberia, just shy of the Arctic Circle? Why were they laid to rest alongside 11th-century bronze bowls from Persia, about 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) to the southwest? And why were their skulls smashed in?






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Cloud of Stars Glows a Rosy Red in New View of Nebula

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:09pm
A distant group of hot, young stars is causing a cloud of hydrogen gas to glow a rosy red 7,300 light-years from Earth in the latest amazing view from a telescope in Chile.






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'Fever Fever Go Away': Miley Cyrus Remains Hospitalized

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:09pm
Miley Cyrus remains in a Kansas City hospital Wednesday, and tweeted that doctors won't be releasing her for at least another day, meaning her evening concert in St. Louis, Mo., will be canceled.






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