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Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

Fri, 2014-05-23 08:28

Astronomers say an all-new meteor shower could put on a show for much of the U.S., starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. The Camelopardalids shower is named after the giraffe constellation.

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Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:40

People don't think about mental illnesses as life-threatening, once you exclude suicide. But a review of almost 2 million people finds that common problems like postpartum depression take a toll.

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Is The Tea Party Finished?

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.

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We Look Amazing In These Gowns

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:23

Animator Steve Cutts brings to life part of Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's commencement address. You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

Fri, 2014-05-23 05:28

A 1-year-old boy who apparently was looking for his mother climbed out onto a window ledge. People in the street below noticed and sprang into action.

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Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

Fri, 2014-05-23 04:33

The WTO has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban keeping pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into Europe. The ban was brought on moral grounds, the EU says.

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Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

Fri, 2014-05-23 04:00

Activists say that after the attack, warplanes dropped leaflets with a message to rebels: "You have 10 hours to surrender: either leave your arms and return to the bosom of the nation, or go to hell."

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Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

After meeting with leaders of the ousted government Friday, the army detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The junta has installed several rules aimed at keeping public order.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Thu, 2014-05-22 23:06

Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.

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What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

Thu, 2014-05-22 22:58

Today's babies are part of the first generation with their entire lives documented on social media. Researchers are finding lessons in the streams of their photos.

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Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions

Thu, 2014-05-22 16:52

Bill Haslam signed into law a measure that allows the state to opt for the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

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Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal

Thu, 2014-05-22 15:10

Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson says if the judicial nomination of Michael Boggs gets derailed, it won't unravel the deal he worked out with the White House on federal bench nominees.

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McDonald's CEO Says Fast-Food Jobs Can Lead To 'Real Careers'

Thu, 2014-05-22 14:45

Donald Thompson told an audience at the company's annual meeting that McDonald's has a legacy of providing opportunities to employees.

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U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut

Thu, 2014-05-22 14:44

Donovan, 32, is the team's all-time leader in scoring and assists. Twenty-three players were named to the roster for the tournament, which starts next month in Brazil.

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Senate To NFL: Change The Redskins' Name

Thu, 2014-05-22 14:22

Fifty senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushing for a name change for Washington's professional football team, a sign the issue isn't going away.

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Diabetes Raises Women's Risk Of Heart Disease More Than For Men

Thu, 2014-05-22 14:08

Diabetes increases a person's risk of cardiovascular disease, but for women that risk is 40 percent higher, a study finds. Just why that's happening is a mystery.

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How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Thu, 2014-05-22 13:58

Health officials say online restaurant reviews can turn up unreported foodborne illness outbreaks. In New York City, Yelp reviews led officials to three restaurants with food handling problems.

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Senate Confirms Author Of Drone Memo To Federal Bench

Thu, 2014-05-22 13:53

Last-minute lobbying by the Obama administration overcame opposition to the nomination of David Barron, author of a controversial legal memo regarding drone policy.

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Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police?

Thu, 2014-05-22 13:38

Officers are wearing video cameras to record interactions with the public. The city's troubled police department is trying to prove a commitment to transparency, as it tries to end federal monitoring.

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