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Will Mars Really Be as Big as the Moon on Thursday?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:35am
Sorry, skywatchers: Despite what you may have heard, Mars won't look as big as the moon overhead on Thursday night.









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Erika Turns Deadly as Forecasters Warn South

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:37am
The storm was described as "poorly organized" on Thursday, but it could strengthen after passing over land.









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Watch Usain Bolt Get Run Over by a Segway

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:32am
The world's fastest man cruised to another world title Thursday in Beijing, but he ran into trouble after the race.









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Pot Doesn't Shrink Brains, But It May Change Them

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:23am
Marijuana doesn't appear to shrink important regions of the brains of users, but a study published Wednesday shows something possibly more subtle and









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Is Biden Stoking the Fire - Or Throwing Cold Water on It?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:21am
First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.









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Only .002 Percent Pass 'Mother of All Written Exams'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:20am
On a scale of high-stakes tests, there's pub trivia, there's the SAT, and then there's the Indian civil services exam.









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Diamonds Worth Millions Vanish from 'Russia's Fort Knox'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:20am
Diamonds Vanish from 'Russia's Fort Knox' - ReportRough diamonds worth millions of dollars have disappeared from Russia's supposedly impenetrable repo









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ISIS Captures Key Ground Near Border With Turkey

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:14am
ISIS militants have overrun a handful of Syrian villages near the border with Turkey and threatened to drive out U.S-backed rebels from a nearby city.









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U.S. Warplanes Bomb District Besieged by Taliban

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:59am
U.S. warplanes have repeatedly bombed a strategic district of Afghanistan's Helmand province that is being besieged by Taliban militants.









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Stock Market Extends Gains After Monster Rally

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:51am
Futures are pointing to a healthy gain at the opening bell.









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Virginia Attack Video Gets Muted Social Media Response

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:06am
The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers amid a live news broadcast.









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'That's Vester': Chilling Image Alerted Station to Killer

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:37am
As he lay mortally wounded, a cameraman captured an image of the killer.









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Slain Reporter's Boyfriend Tells of 'Magical' Love Story

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:33am
The boyfriend of slain journalist Alison Parker spoke to NBC News about the couple's "magical" nine months together.









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Husband of TV Shooting Survivor Was Watching Live

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:14am
Tim Gardner, whose wife Vicki Gardner was injured in the Virginia TV news shootings, told TODAY he witnessed the incident on live television.









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Thursday's Top 7 News Stories

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:25am
From the fatal shootings of two Virginia journalists to a potentially soaring global stock market, here are the stories we're following.









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Gunman Said Discrimination Fueled TV Shootings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 6:45am
A man claiming to be gunman in Moneta shooting sent a 23-page letter to ABC News Wednesday morning that he called "a suicide note to friends and family."









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When the Sun Goes Down, This House Turns Blue

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:50am
One Margate, New Jersey man's idea of art has some of his neighbors feeling blue.









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Asia Stocks Surge After Wall Street Skyrockets

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:14am
China's key stock market index surged 5.3 percent early Thursday — its biggest gain in weeks — as Asia markets rose following Wall Street's rebound.









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Controller Sent Crash Pilot to Runway That Closed in '90

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:02am
A controller directed a pilot having trouble with his small plane to a runway that no longer existed before the aircraft made a fatal crash-landing.









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Louisiana Cop, Mayor's Sister Killed, Two Others Stabbed

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:44am
A gunman killed a Sunset, Louisiana, police officer and stabbed three women, one of them fatally, authorities told NBC News.









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