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50,000 Stray Dogs In Detroit? That 'Makes No Sense'

Friday, August 23, 2013

A disturbing story from Bloomberg News that we posted about on Wednesday — "Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City" — is getting some pushback from Detroit journalist Jeff Wattrick.

He blogs that:

"One thing about dogs is they know ...

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Sea Monster? Explanation Is Much Less Mysterious

Friday, August 23, 2013

We like stories about things that wash up on beaches, such as the softball-size eyeball that appeared on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Florida last fall.

So our eyes lit up when we saw this headline: "Mysterious 'Horned' Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Spain; Officials Baffled."

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Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year

Friday, August 23, 2013

Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, the software giant announced Friday.

According to the company:

"In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company ...

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Woman Who Talked Down School Gunman Wins President's Praise

Friday, August 23, 2013

"She was remarkable," President Obama tells CNN after being asked about Antoinette Tuff.

She's the school bookkeeper in Decatur, Ga., who on Tuesday persuaded a young man with an assault rifle and other weapons to lay down the guns he had brought into her elementary school ...

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After Wild Start, Silence From Bo Xilai Corruption Trial

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chinese authorities clamped down Friday on information coming out of the high-profile corruption trial of one-time rising political star Bo Xilai.

As NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported on Morning Edition, during Thursday's opening day in court Bo appeared to run circles around the judges and prosecutors. He denied any ...

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Obama: Time Frame For Possible Action On Syria Has Shortened

Friday, August 23, 2013

While the U.S. and its allies cannot move militarily against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence" that Assad's forces have used chemical weapons, the time within which a decision about such action must be made has been shortened, President Obama tells ...

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Colorado Town May Issue Licenses To Shoot Down Drones

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Drones have not been spotted flying over the little town of Deer Trail, Colo., about 55 miles east of Denver.

But that hasn't stopped an effort by some in the town of 550 residents to make it legal to shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicles.

On Oct. 8, people there ...

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The Lorax Is Home! Statue Taken From Dr. Seuss' Garden Found

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Lorax was missing,

From Dr. Seuss' garden.

Who could be so cruel?

Had their heart just hardened?

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Now there's good news.

The little guy's back.

Found quite nearby,

Off the beaten track.

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A man in Montana

Had a tip for police.

And for Seuss' family,

The news ...

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Mubarak Released From Prison, Now Under House Arrest

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from the prison where he's been held while awaiting a retrial on charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011. The protesters lost their lives during the demonstrations that led to the topping of Mubarak's three-decade-old regime.

Earlier this week, a ...

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Jobless Claims Rose Last Week; Still Around 5-Year Low

Thursday, August 22, 2013

There were 13,000 more claims for unemployment insurance last week than during the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

According to the agency, 336,000 first-time claims were filed, up from 323,000 the week before.

That 323,000 figure, by the way, is a small revision from last ...

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Bradley Manning: 'I Am A Female,' Call Me Chelsea

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Army private responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history is asking for hormone therapy. Manning's lawyer will push for that to happen during the soldier's long stay in prison.

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Speculation Builds That San Diego Mayor Is On His Way Out

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Update at 3:40 p.m. ET. 'Tentative Agreement':

The law firm that has helped San Diego Mayor Bob Filner navigate the accusations of sexual harassment, says he and representatives of the city have "reached a tentative agreement," but declined to elaborate:

"Due to the confidential nature of mediation and settlement ...

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Chemical Weapons Claims Spur Calls For Force Against Syria

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Claims by the opposition in Syria that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons during an attack Wednesday near Damascus — killing scores of people, they say — are being followed Thursday by word that:

-- "The French foreign minister has said that the international community would need ...

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Journey Of The Ring: Lost In WWII, Now Back With POW's Son

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"I can't touch it or pick it up without thinking about him and I can't pick it up without thinking about this journey of the ring."

That's David C. Cox Jr. of North Carolina talking Wednesday about the rather amazing saga of the ring his father had to trade for ...

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Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

At first, we didn't believe this new report from Bloomberg News could be true:

"As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths."

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Sales Of Existing Homes Rose 6.5 Percent In July

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

There was a strong increase in sales of existing homes in July, the National Association of Realtors reports, in yet another sign that the important housing sector is back on its feet.

In fact, says The Associated Press, sales approached "a healthy level for the first time since November 2009."

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Release Mubarak, Egyptian Court Orders

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

An Egyptian court has ordered that former President Hosni Mubarak be released from custody while he awaits a retrial on charges related to the killing of protesters during the 2011 protests that led to the toppling of his government, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Cairo.

Peter adds that even though ...

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Not Funny: Clerk Critically Injured In Hasselhoff Sign Theft

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's been a relatively amusing trend in New England — the theft in the past year of more than 550 advertising signs featuring actor David Hasselhoff — isn't funny anymore.

A clerk who works at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Shelton, Conn., "remains in critical condition after falling while ...

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