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Cave Explorers Find Wallet Lost 17 Years Ago

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Joseph Sweet and a friend got lost in a cave in Watertown, N.Y., nearly 20 years ago. They grew so desperate for light that Sweet made little torches out of the only fuel he had, taking dollar bills from his wallet and setting them on fire. The good news: he got rescued. The bad news: he lost his wallet.

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Good Work Comes Out Of The Sept. 11 Tragedies

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Over the last several years, a group of family members have created a movement to turn the anniversary into a national day of service. This year more than 30 million people will be involved, and they claim it's the largest day of service in the country.

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Former Massey Exec Gets 42 Months In Mine Disaster Case

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

David Hughart is now the highest-ranking former executive of Massey Energy to go to jail for crimes related to the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.

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In Iowa, Blind People Can Carry Guns In Public; Not Everyone's A Fan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A debate is taking place in Iowa over the ability of people who are legally or completely blind to carry guns in public. The issue stems from a 2011 change in the state's gun permit rules, allowing visually impaired people to carry firearms.

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After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, many school districts have rethought their approach to keeping their students, staff and buildings safe. Those changes ran the gamut from adding door locks to arming teachers.

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New HIV Cases Spotlight Adult Film Industry's Testing System

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Adult film production in California is now suspended after a number of performers tested positive for HIV. Though news of the cases may leave some performers feeling vulnerable, the industry's trade group says its response shows that the system works.

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Birmingham Church Bombing Victims Honored By Congress

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church will posthumously receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday.

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1963 Anniversaries Highlight Civil Rights Lessons

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the four girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal. The recognition comes after a year of civil rights ceremonies across the South. The events have drawn renewed attention to how the civil rights movement should be taught to a younger generation.

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Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When the swirling, howling winds of the 1930s Dust Bowl gobbled up farmland from Texas to the Dakotas, the federal government planted 100 million trees to act like a giant windbreak. It worked. But now, after years of drought, those old trees are dying.

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California Car Dealer Remembered For Gonzo TV Ads

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Famed southern California car dealer Cal Worthington died Sunday at the age of 92. His ubiquitous television ads featured circus animals and stunts and a fast-paced sales pitch.

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Health Insurance Ads Range From Weighty To Whimsical

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

States are taking very different marketing tacks to get residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, they're trying hard to make insurance appealing to uninsured young people.

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Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks โ€” even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.

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Used-Car Impresario Cal Worthington Dies At Age 92

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cal Worthington, a man whose used-car ads rose to the level of a cultural phenomenon, has died at age 92. He was a fixture on televisions in California for decades, with zany sales pitches that drew both customers and fame.

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New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The possibly disturbed attacker said he was going to "punch the next white person he saw," witnesses said.

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U.S. Defends Warrantless Searches Of Electronic Devices At Border

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Documents released this week show how U.S. border agents can seize laptops, cameras, cellphones and other digital devices, then download data before returning them. The practice raises questions about invasions of privacy and civil liberties.

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World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Shape In Las Vegas

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Las Vegas is adding an eye-catching tourist attraction, in the form of a huge wheel that can take more than 1,000 people on a ride 550 feet into the sky over the city's famed Strip. The main construction of the wheel, called the High Roller, is nearly finished; it is expected to open in early 2014.

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Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Few African-Americans make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are also scarce among the nation's more than 2,600 breweries. How did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?

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Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Airlines are pulling out the stops to keep their elite frequent fliers. But Delta has raised the bar โ€” using a sports car to shuttle late passengers to their connecting planes.

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Cubs Fan Continues Wait For World Series Win

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doris Davis has been a Chicago Cubs fan since 1926, according to the News-Sun. In the days before TV, she listened on the radio while moving players around a diamond she made from a checkerboard. And she's still waiting for that championship. As the season nears its end, the Cubs are 22 games out of first place.

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Masked Crusaders Save Cat From Burning House

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

John Buckland and Troy Marcum of Milton, W. Va., are heroes. By the way, they were dressed like superheroes. WCHS-TV reports the two men were mentoring children at an American Legion Post wearing Batman and Captain America costumes when they saw smoke and rushed to the house.

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