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Prize-winning environmental activist shot dead in Mexico

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:23pm
An indigenous activist who protested against illegal logging in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains has been killed, highlighting the dangers that Latin American environmentalists face.
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N. Korea reportedly places long-range missiles on launchers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:23pm
North Korea may be readying two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) for a test launch in the near future, South Korean military officials told the Yonhap news agency.
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Nancy Sinatra not happy father's song being used at inauguration

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:20pm
Famed singer Frank Sinatra's eldest daughter, Nancy Sinatra, has never been a fan of President-elect Donald Trump.
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George H.W. and Barbara Bush both hospitalized

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:18pm
Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston TV station KHOU. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. Becker tells the Houston Chronicle and KHOU that Bush is "doing fine."
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Twitter mostly meets its modest diversity goals

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:00pm
Twitter released its annual diversity report on Thursday, revealing that it mostly met its modest goals in 2016.
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Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. Here's why

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:41pm
This story starts out about Skittles but ends up being about cows.
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How to earn $5,000 a year more in retirement

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:40pm
Many people expect their living costs to drop in retirement, and while this might be true in certain cases, it isn't always.
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Senator offers Valium at hearing

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:29pm
In a heated exchange at Steven Mnuchin's confirmation hearing, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas offers a Valium to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.
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Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbye

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:27pm
Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday.
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Who is 'designated survivor' at inauguration?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:16pm
While security is in place and there is no specific, credible threat, a quirk in America's rules for succession raises questions about who would be in charge if an attack hit the incoming president, vice president and congressional leaders just as the transfer of power gets underway. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
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CNN/ORC poll: Highest ever approval for Obamacare

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:10pm
Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump.
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'Hope' artist reveals new posters to protest Trump

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:02pm
Shepard Fairey -- the artist behind the 2008 "Hope" poster depicting then presidential candidate Barack Obama -- has produced a new set of images in time for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration this Friday.
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'This is an extreme': Dog found with ears and nose cut off

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:43am
Kathy Bilitzke has become sadly familiar with animal abuse since she began working at the Michigan Humane Society about four months ago.
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This viral inauguration boycott tactic won't work

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:35am
Think you can affect TV ratings for the inauguration by boycotting it or switching to other channels? It's not that easy, no matter how many people are sharing the tactic on social media.
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Pizza Hut is hiring 11,000 workers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:25am
Pizza Hut is hiring 11,000 workers in the United States -- and just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest pizza day of the year.
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Democrats use Trump hearings to plant 2020 flag

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:21am
Hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees are serving as auditions for Democrats who want to be the party's next liberal leader. Or in the mix to be the 2020 presidential nominee.
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Chelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutation

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:10am
Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama on Thursday after the President commuted the sentence of the former Army soldier earlier this week. "Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," she tweeted.
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Talladega musicians: 'We're America's band right now'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:50am
Alex Liddell Jr. sang an Al Green song as he sorted through recently dry-cleaned uniforms -- deep crimson with Carolina blue accents -- for his marching band's biggest performance ever.
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Virginia executes convicted family killer

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:19am
Virginia executed death row inmate Ricky Gray via lethal injection Wednesday for the killing of a family of four in 2006. Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. ET.
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People's Choice Awards 2017: What you missed

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:11am
Check out some moments at the 43rd People's Choice Awards that folks are buzzing about.
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