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After Losing His Raccoon, Man Takes His Appeal To Governor

Mark "Coon Rippy" Brown, of Gallatin, Tenn., became an Internet sensation for posting videos online of himself bantering, dancing, even showering with his pet raccoons. He's now using his Internet fame to garner support, in an effort to get his pet raccoon Rebekah back from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which recently seized the critter. It is illegal in Tennessee to possess native animals captured in the wild.
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Pentagon Adds New Measures To Combat Sexual Assault

Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon has announced additional measures to combat sexual assault. The Pentagon continues to resist proposals that would take prosecution of sexual assault out of the chain of command, but some lawmakers say that's the step that would make a difference.
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GOP Divided Over Whether It Needs Better Outreach, Nominees

The Republican National Committee meets this week in Boston with lots to argue about — if they choose to do so. There's immigration and Obamacare resistance and the 2016 presidential nominating system.
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Getting People Out Of Nursing Homes Turns Out To Be Complicated

Some nursing home patients can go home again if they get the right, customized support. But making it happen takes time, even with organizational help from the pros. Some people need home renovations and rides to appointments. Others may need a guard dog — or a new home.
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FAMU Marching Band Gets To Take Field Again After Hazing Death

Florida A&M's famed marching band got some good news on Thursday. School administrators at FAMU say the band can start performing again. In 2011, the university suspended the band after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Now, the band is smaller and has undergone a host of other changes.
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States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb

Americans are using less gasoline, and that affects how much money is available for constructing and repairing highways. Some states are levying taxes and fees on hybrids and electric cars to make up for lost revenue.
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The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball right now. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that spent the first part of the season at or near the bottom.
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Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On Its C-Max Hybrid

The car is advertised at 47 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, but tests have reportedly shown the figure is too high.
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2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

The number of acres burned this wildfire season is nearly half of what it was this time last year, though the most active period hasn't yet begun in parts of the West. By one tragic measure, however, 2013 has been one of the grimmest seasons in years.
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Snooty Swiss Saleswoman Equals Racism?

Oprah Winfrey says racism is alive and well, even at her level. Her purse shopping experience in Switzerland almost set off an international incident; but was it really racism or just a misunderstanding? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with the beauty shop ladies about this week's hot topics.

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