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Cleared Of Murder, Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:49am

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend. On Thursday, he was cleared of premeditated murder.

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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:44am

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:15am

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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Mexican Crackdown Slows Central American Immigration To U.S.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:07am

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

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Viking's Choice: Xerxes, 'Collision Blonde'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:51am

The Louisville post-hardcore band always had some caustic melody to it. But the band's new album explodes its palette with the boomy, gloomy atmospheres of The Cure.

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Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:44am

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

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Make Way For Ambulances: They're Stuck In Bangalore Traffic

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:21am

The Indian city is a busy high-tech hub with crowded roads. Ambulances get tied up in traffic along with everyone else. Clever thinkers are coming up with solutions. Motorcycle ambulance, anyone?

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From Cotton Candy To Cat Pee: Decoding Tasting Notes In Honey

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:14am

A California researcher wants to give honey the same nuanced flavor vocabulary as wine and coffee. The flavor wheel she and her testers created is certainly a conversation starter.

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Your E-mail Double: A Classic Digital Dilemma

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:13am

The perils of mistaken email identity.

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An Unblinking Lens Turns Toward Lives In Poverty In 'Stray Dogs'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Stray Dogs is a challenging film about poverty, unconventionally structured and shot but faithful to the emotional resonance conveyed by its very long shots.

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Getting Each Other And The Bonds Of 'The Skeleton Twins'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play brother and sister in a family drama that takes on the relatively neglected matter of adult siblings and their complex bond.

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Holly Williams, 'Waiting On June'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:30am

Grab a hanky or a friend's sleeve. If you believe in fated love, this song will bring you to tears. Holly Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams. This story is the other side of the family.

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Don Reed - Butter

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:27am

The ridiculous story of a reluctant player and his secret sauce.

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Jamie DeWolf - Xiana Fairchild

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:27am

A story dedicated to the little girl in the hallway.

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Josh Healey - JDate

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:27am

How to help your mom set up her online profile on JDate.

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Director's Cut

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:27am

Glynn's a bean counter by day but at night it's "Lights, Camera, Action!"

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Northern Ireland Unionist Hardliner Ian Paisley Dies At 88

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:33am

The Protest cleric who bitterly opposed the IRA later forged an unlikely friendship with senior Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness.

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We've Been In 'The Era Of The Booty' For A Long Time

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:31am

Commentator Erika Nicole Kendall writes about a history of the full figure that far predates J.Lo.

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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:07am

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:03am

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.

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