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L.A. Coroner: Tom Petty's Death Was Due To An Accidental Overdose

Family members said they hoped that the cause of his death would spark discussion about the power and danger of the opioid drugs.

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Federal Charge Brought In Assault On Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

A neighbor allegedly blindsided the lawmaker outside his home in Bowling Green. Now Rene Boucher has signed an agreement to plead guilty. He faces a possible 10 years in prison.

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Justice Department To Retry Sen. Robert Menendez And Friend In Corruption Case

The senior senator from New Jersey is accused of taking bribes and the case produced a mistrial last year. Menendez is seeking reelection this year.

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Supreme Court To Hear Latest Challenge To Trump's Travel Ban

After losing several lower court rulings, the Trump administration will finally get a hearing by the justices on legality of its entry restrictions.

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Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

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Eagles v. Hotel California: After Lawsuit, Band Reaches A Settlement

The rock band sued a hotel in Mexico that has the same name as the "lovely place" in their iconic 1976 song. That hotel was trying to trademark the phrase "Hotel California" in the U.S.

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Jury Acquits Railroad Employees In Lac Megantic Fire Disaster

The Canadian panel found three men not guilty of criminal negligence in the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil. The resulting firestorm killed 47 people.

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Man Pulls 5 1/2-Foot-Long Tapeworm Out Of His Body, Blames Sushi Habit

A recent podcast episode shared, in grisly detail, the story of a California man who discovered a parasitic worm wriggling out of him. He and his doctor suspect raw salmon was the culprit.

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Las Vegas Police: No Other Suspects In October Massacre, And No Motive

The lack of a motive and other suspects persisted despite looking into nearly 2,000 leads and sifting through thousands of hours of video, police say in a newly released investigation report.

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Joe Frank Signs Off

A profile of the radio legend who helped launch the career of Ira Glass and many more.

Mark Oppenheimer | Slate | Jan 2018
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World's Regard For U.S. Leadership Hits Record Low In Gallup Poll

The global approval rating for U.S. leadership fell to 30 percent — lower in President Trump's first year in office than under former President George W. Bush, and a sharp fall from the Obama era.

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Bitcoin Mania

Money is a human invention. It has value because we say it does.

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How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving a Polygamous Sect?

“We are better than the stories about us.”

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Trump Appointee Resigns After Bigoted Comments Surface

Carl Higbie, appointed by President Trump to serve in the agency that runs AmericCorps, has apologized for remarks that derided black people, Muslims and other groups.

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Top Stories: Pope Angers Chileans; Turnover In Trump White House

Also: A government shutdown looms as Congress can't agree on a spending bill; a powerful storm roars through Europe; and former CIA Director Stansfield Turner dies.

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Pope Francis Riles Many In Chile By Accusing Bishop's Critics Of Slander

On the last day of his visit to Chile, Pope Francis set the simmering resentment some hold against the Catholic Church to a full boil.

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The Volunteer

More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.

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Stansfield Turner, Who Headed CIA Under Carter, Dies At 94

The Navy admiral tapped by President Carter to lead the spy agency conducted a controversial downsizing of risky clandestine operations — a move that angered many in the intelligence community.

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Hurricane-Force Winds In Europe Halt Flights, Rip Roofs And Topple Trees

The storm, packing winds up to 126 mph and known in Germany as "Friederike," hit hardest there and in the Netherlands, but also affected France and Belgium.

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Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Death Of Half A Million Honey Bees

The unidentified juveniles, aged 12 and 13, allegedly ransacked a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.

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