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WATCH: Shootout At Texas Car Dealership Leaves 3 Dead

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 04:29

Two bounty hunters and the fugitive from Minnesota that they were tracking were killed Tuesday night in a shoot out at an auto dealership in Greenville, Texas, authorities say.

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Brazil Levies Record $3.2 Billion Fine On Parent Of Meatpacking Giant

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 20:45

The holding company behind JBS has agreed to pay roughly $3.2 billion to authorities. The plea agreement implicated President Michel Temer in the vast corruption scandal now roiling the country.

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Amazon Offers Refunds for Children's Unauthorized In-App Purchases

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 19:35

The Federal Trade Commission sued the retail giant over charges incurred by kids using apps. Both sides dropped their appeals so the refunds could begin.

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Kenyans Cheer Opening Of Mombasa-Nairobi Railway

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 18:12

The line was financed with more than $3 billion borrowed from the Chinese government. A Chinese company built it, and a Chinese company will operate it for the first five years.

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Ohio Sues 5 Major Drug Companies For 'Fueling Opioid Epidemic'

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:53

The state's attorney general filed the lawsuit Wednesday, alleging fraudulent marketing. "They knew they were wrong," Mike DeWine says, "but they did it anyway — and they continue to do it."

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Bahrain Court Orders Dissolution Of Country's Last Major Opposition Group

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:51

The court order targets the secular National Democratic Action Society. Human rights groups are decrying the court order, saying it amounts to a de facto ban on all opposition in the country.

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'Pink Slime' Trial Begins, But It's The News Media Under The Microscope

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:31

The icky name refers to cow trimmings added to ground beef to lower its fat content. In 2012 ABC News revealed the practice. Now a beef company's defamation suit for those reports is finally in court.

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NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:52

The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

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Shareholders Push Exxon To Disclose Business Impact Of Fighting Climate Change

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:31

In a victory for environmental activists, investors have passed a non-binding proposal calling for Exxon Mobil to publicly examine how efforts to cut greenhouse gases would affect its bottom line.

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In NYC, Activism Begins With Lessons In Theater

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:28

Wielding techniques from the global Theatre of the Oppressed movement used to train activists, one group challenges people to think beyond labels.

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As Venezuela Enters 3rd Month Of Protests, Anti-Maduro Ire Finds New Target

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:51

Goldman Sachs has been accused of giving President Nicolas Maduro a lifeline with a $2.8 billion bond deal. Meanwhile, in Venezuela's streets, protests calling for his ouster show no sign of abating.

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Do Tree-Climbing Goats Help Plant New Trees?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:11

Goats eat a lot of argan tree fruit. But its seeds are big. A study looks at the manner of expulsion: poop or spit. And yes, it does matter when it comes to new tree growth.

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'Like Brain Boot Camp': Using Music To Ease Hearing Loss

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:00

Researchers in Toronto are studying whether singing in a choir and practicing pitch can help hearing-impaired people function better in noisy environments.

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Chinese Activists Detained After Investigating Factory Making Ivanka Trump Shoes

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 13:32

Two Chinese labor activists are missing, presumed to be detained by police. Another has been arrested. They were working undercover to document alleged labor abuses.

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Kathy Griffin Apologizes For 'Disturbing' Depiction Of Trump's Head

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:43

The comedian said she went "way too far" in posing with a model of the president's head covered in blood. Griffin's role with CNN is under review and another brand dropped an ad campaign she did.

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Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:42

President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and has been meeting this week with competing voices in his Cabinet.

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Manchester Bomber Bought Most Of Weapon's Parts By Himself, Police Say

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:17

Police are still trying to find a distinctive blue suitcase Abedi was seen carrying as he moved around Manchester's city center.

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Misspellings, Mapped: America The How-Do-You-Spell-Beautiful?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:06

Just in time for the National Spelling Bee, Google published a map of the words people in each state have a hard time spelling. The results are not pretty. (And what's up with New Jersey?)

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Seeds Of Change: Mini Gardens Help Drive The Growth Of Food At Home

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:59

Container kits, designed for urban living and planted with recipes already in mind, are appealing to people who are interested in home cooking, food-sourcing and the environment.

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We Asked, You Answered: Does U.S. Foreign Aid Raise Living Standards?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:03

Researchers are split on the issue. We asked our audience to weigh in.

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