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Trail Life USA, The 'Other' Boy Scouts Of America

Monday, September 09, 2013

A new faith-based boys group is taking shape, just three months after the Boy Scouts of America decided to change its membership policy to allow gay youth to join. The group, Trail Life USA, calls itself a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts, and says it will focus on adventure, character and leadership.

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Sailor Proposes To Girlfriend Among Flash Mob Dancers

Monday, September 09, 2013

Michael Turner wanted to propose to Jamie Story before he was deployed so he invited her to dinner in Virginia Beach, Va. According to the Virginian-Pilot, that's when the flash mob appeared. Turner arranged for 50 dancers to do synchronized steps on the street as he proposed. She said, "Yes."

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Football Fan Dies At Candlestick Park

Monday, September 09, 2013

An unidentified man fell to his death Sunday during the San Francisco 49ers' home opener. Witnesses say the man appeared to be intoxicated. The same day, a railing collapsed at the Colts' game in Indianapolis, injuring two fans.

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Hired Hog Trapper Has Three Years To Clean Out Dallas

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Feral hogs have been a growing problem in Texas for years now. The 300-pound animals contaminate the water and ruin the parks, so Dallas is bringing in Osvaldo Rojas to keep the city pig-free.

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Man, 107, Dies In Shootout With Police

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Monroe Isadore held off Arkansas police after being accused of aggravated assault. He reportedly died after exchanging fire with a SWAT team.

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Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Snowshoe hares rely on camouflage, turning white in the winter to match the snow, and then turning brown for the summer. But a changing climate could mean fewer days with snow on the ground, and more days when they're visible to prey.

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E-Cigarettes May Match The Patch In Helping Smokers Quit

Saturday, September 07, 2013

An experiment to test the value of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid found them as good as the nicotine patch, but there weren't enough people in the study to say they're a good bet for quitting. Public health officials worry that e-cigarettes will encourage tobacco use.

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Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Same-sex marriage is legal in Minnesota, but not in Illinois. That has Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on a mission to attract gays and lesbians to spend their wedding dollars in his city.

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Baltimore Officials Want To Unplug Phones-For-Cash Kiosks

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The machines allow people to turn their old cellphones and other electronic devices into instant cash. But these ecoATMs could be banned in Baltimore, where at least one lawmaker believes the machines are a magnet for electronics thieves.

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Rim Fire Is Third-Largest Wildfire In California's History

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions.

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Progressive De Blasio Leads New York Mayoral Race

Saturday, September 07, 2013

It's been 24 years since New York City voters elected a Democrat mayor. The candidate who's the most progressive is the favorite to win Tuesday's crowded primary.

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Cow Tipping: The Myth That Just Won't Stand Up

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Though it may be considered an adolescent rite of passage in some places, journalist Jake Swearingen insists it can't be done. Swearingen talks to host Scott Simon about the science of cow tipping, and why it's mathematically impossible.

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Oklahoma's Master Meteorologist Retires

Saturday, September 07, 2013

For more than four decades, KWTV's Gary England guided Okies through heat waves, droughts, flooding and tornadoes. Host Scott Simon talks to England, a local legend who became national news.

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This Is Musician Mickey Hart's Brain On Music

Friday, September 06, 2013

Peering inside our mind and capturing images of our thoughts has become a preoccupation in much of neuroscience. It's also an unlikely part of the light show at a Mickey Hart Band concert. Yes, the Grateful Dead's former drummer jams with a light show powered by his mind.

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Firefighters Work To Contain Last Embers Of Massive Rim Fire

Friday, September 06, 2013

Crews are putting in the final fire lines around the massive Rim Fire, burning near and in Yosemite National Park. Some of those firefighters include a member of the Geronimo Hot Shots, from the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona.

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Tensions Over Syria Run High In Two Chicago-Area Districts

Friday, September 06, 2013

Emotions are running high in some Illinois Congressional districts over potential U.S. military action against Syria.

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Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle

Friday, September 06, 2013

Devon Walker nearly died on the football field last fall, when the Tulane biology major went in for a tackle and broke his neck. Now paralyzed from the neck down, Walker is juggling class and rehab, and wants to stay as close as he can to the sport he loves — while coming to terms with life after his injury.

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Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Friday, September 06, 2013

Music evokes strong memories. That's true not just for the music of your generation, but what your parents listened to, too, a study says. Researchers found a strong "reminiscence bump" for music of the early 1980s in people in their early 20s.

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Wildfires Consume Funds Flagged for Prevention

Friday, September 06, 2013

This year, the U.S. Forest Service has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting wildfires, cutting into funds originally set aside to prevent them. Fire historian Steve Pyne compares the way we manage fires today to how we manage health--focused on emergencies, and not prevention.

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Republicans Divided Over Potential Strike On Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

Republican congressional leaders support an American military strike in Syria, but the rank-and-file membership is divided. GOP Congressmen Doug Collins of Georgia and Luke Messer of Indiana serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. They talk about the debate in the Republican caucus.

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