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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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Moms Rally Behind Woman Accused of Leaving Kids in Car

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:09pm

Shanesha Taylor allegedly left her two children in a hot car for a job interview. More than $100,000 in support for her is pouring in.








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Family Uncovers WWI Era Love Letters in Attic

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:23pm

A Family in Indiana finds long lost love letters a soldier wrote his sweetheart before going to fight in World War One. WFIE’s Nick LaGrange Reports.








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Refugees Salvage Belongings From Razed Slum in Pakistan

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:07pm
Afghan refugee Saboor Khan collects his belongings after authorities razed his house in the slums of Islamabad, on Wednesday.






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Biden's Aviators Make Cameo in VP's First Instagram

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:07pm
Vice President Joe Biden has joined photo-sharing service Instagram, and the first photo from the famous Ray Ban-wearing VP is pretty much exactly what you’d expect.






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Celebs, Priests Flock to Pope John Paul Musical in Rome

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:52pm
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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Police Dog Killed in Portland Shootout

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:52pm
A Portland, Ore., police officer was wounded and his K-9 partner was killed in a shootout early Tuesday morning.The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and was said to be in "very good spirits," Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson told NBC News affiliate KGW.






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Boston Marathon Backpack Hoax Suspect Held on $100K Bail

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:52pm

A man who was taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday.








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Can Bloomberg's New Gun Control Group Take On the NRA?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:06pm
A new gun-control organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will pour more than $50 million into promoting a "gun sense" agenda this year –- but it faces entrenched and well-funded groups that have long exerted a powerful influence on gun issues in America.






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Ukraine Invasion Unlikely as Russia Achieves Goals: General

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:06pm
Russia has staged tanks, fighter jets and an estimated 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. But don’t expect them to charge across and start a conventional war — Russia is already achieving what it wants by causing chaos.That’s the read from a retired Army general.






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Cyndi Lauper Likens Making Music to Doing a 'Cooking Special'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:50pm

Thirty years since the release of her breakthrough "She's So Unusual" album, the Grammy and Tony-winning singer is still delighting crowds.








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You Blockhead! 'Simpsons' Turn Into Legos for 550th Episode

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:50pm

Homer Simpson has always been a bit of a blockhead, but on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons," it's everyone else who'll have bricks for brains.








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