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'Eggcorns': The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers

An eggcorn is a word or phrase that isn't right, but makes some sense. It's among more than 1,700 words Merriam-Webster just added to its dictionary. What are your favorite eggcorns?

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CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.

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FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.

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Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

The numbers are more than the Pentagon's Thursday estimate of nine states and a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. News organizations named Australia as the other country that received the samples.

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Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago.

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Death Toll In Southern Plains Flooding Rises To 25

"There has been enough rain across Texas during May to cover the entire state nearly 8 inches deep," says the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

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EU, Japan Express Concern Over China's Moves In South China Sea

The concern follows reports that China has placed mobile artillery on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands chain, where Beijing is in the midst of unilateral land reclamation and construction.

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Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

The creator of the shadowy online marketplace had faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a "substantially" longer sentence.

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#NPRreads: Diversity In The Legal Profession

We also have stories on the need for female rock critics and on the Soul Patrol, a group of police officers in Boston who patrolled areas like Roxbury in the 1970s.

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Idaho's Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Says

The case was brought by Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn. In 2011, McCormack was arrested and faced criminal charges after she ended her pregnancy.

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First-Quarter Revision Puts GDP In The Red

A harsh winter and burgeoning trade deficit forced the economy to contract by 0.7 percent in the January-March period.

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U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

The State Department removed Havana from the list following a thawing of relations with the United States.

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At FIFA Meeting, Israeli And Palestinian Delegates Shake Hands

The "handshake for peace" was perhaps the only thing that could compete with accusations of corruption and bribery that have dominated the international gathering of soccer's governing body.

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

At least four people, including a suspected suicide bomber, were killed in the attack on the Shiite mosque in the kingdom's Eastern Province.

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Top Stories: FIFA Holds Leadership Election; Nigeria's New President

Also: More flooding is ahead for the central and southern Plains; Delaware lawmakers review an assisted suicide bill; and a Pearl Harbor memorial is temporarily closed after a ship strikes a dock.

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Muhammadu Buhari Becomes Nigeria's President

Buhari has become the first opposition figure to be inaugurated since Nigeria won its independence in 1960.

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Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Will Hold Presidential Election

The Swiss Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, who has been FIFA's chief since 1998, is expected to win despite the recent arrests of leading officials. The U.S., England and others said they won't support Blatter.

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National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar went back and forth so long the judges were running out of words. Told he needed one more correct spelling to forge a tie, Gokul needed nothing but the word.

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To Avoid Anti-Islam Ads, D.C. Subway System Forgoes Millions In Revenue

After activist Pamela Geller attempted to show ads depicting Muhammad in Washington trains and subway stations, the transit agency decided not to accept any issue-based ad for the rest of the year.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.

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