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PHOTOS: Meet Martha, World's Ugliest Dog

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:35

At least that's the assessment of judges in Petaluma, Calif., where the mastiff took the crown at this year's World's Ugliest Dog Contest. And she defeated some formidable pupposition (also pictured).

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Dozens Of People Killed In A Bloody Day Of Attacks Across Pakistan

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:35

Between twin bombings at a Parachinar market, a car bombing near a police office in Quetta, and a shooting in Karachi, Pakistan is reeling from attacks claimed by several extremist groups.

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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:48

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

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'Grenfell Changes Everything': Hundreds Of Homes Evacuated Over Safety Fears

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:44

Authorities have evacuated roughly 650 apartments in London high-rises, citing cladding similar to the materials used in Grenfell Tower, which went up in a deadly blaze earlier this month.

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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:02

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

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Jailed Philippine Senator: 'I Won't Be Silenced Or Cowed'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:08

Leila de Lima, 57, was jailed in February on President Rodrigo Duterte's orders, after she launched a Senate investigation into Duterte's bloody war on drugs. It's not the first time they've tangled.

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On Top Of Hong Kong's High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:01

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

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Meyers Chuck, AK, 99903

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:01

Meyers Chuck is off the grid, with no roads or cars; just a sprinkling of houses on the water, and a post office that's the social hub of town.

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A Serbian Farmer Wants To Protect The Balkan Donkey By Selling Its Pricey Milk

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:01

Donkey milk is as rare as hen's teeth. And at $10 a cup, it's expensive, too. But a Serbian farmer has found a market for this elixir for use in cheese, infant formula, skin cream and even chocolate.

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More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:01

Many people with Alzheimer's suffer medical and mental health issues that have nothing to do with memory loss, including slow healing, incontinence, paranoia and depression.

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How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:00

In their Affordable Care Act repeal bill, Senate Republicans dropped the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. But they also kept the mandate that insurance companies cover everyone.

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Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:00

They claim about 100,000 lives a year. WHO has now put snakebites on its list of "neglected tropical diseases."

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DeVos Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:00

Plus school district secession, student borrower complaints, and more.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 05:53

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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More Than 140 May Be Buried After Landslide In Southwest China

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 04:40

Chinese state news says 141 people are missing, according to the provincial government, after a landslide of mud, rocks and boulders buried the town of Xinmo in Sichuan province.

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Third Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty in Rape of Unconscious Student

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:51

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

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North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:21

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:36

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:09

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:59

We'd explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.

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