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With Murky Water And Manatee Deaths, Lagoon Languishes

Florida's Indian River lagoon is a rich estuary, home to dolphins, manatees and turtles. But in recent months, it has become clear that something is wrong. Scientists and government officials blame water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and an upswing in pollution.
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L.A. Puts Chronically Homeless In The Front Of Housing Line

Homeless-services providers in Los Angeles County are gathering data on the homeless population and ranking people by vulnerability. The goal is to get the most in need into permanent housing quickly. The "housing first" approach has been used in cities nationwide, but it has its critics, even among other advocates.
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NBA Rookie Wants To Bring Hope To Greece, And To Milwaukee

Baby-faced Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old Greek basketball phenom, was taken with the 15th pick in this year's NBA draft. Antetokounmpo's success has heartened many Greeks desperate for their country to become an incubator of dreams instead of a dead zone of joblessness.
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Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

"We believe firmly that children should be kept in school and out of courts," says Justice Department official Robert Listenbee. In his new role leading the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, he's trying to help stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline."
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Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

After Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz ended his 21-hour-plus marathon speech at noon Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly dismissed it as "a big waste of time."
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State Department Renews Global Terrorism Alert

Current information, the department said, indicates al-Qaida and its affiliates are still planning attacks on Americans.
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Floods That Ravaged Colo. Might Help Drought-Hit Farmland

The damage from flooding in Colorado is immense. As the raging rivers overflowed, they spilled into low-lying farm and ranch land wrecking costly equipment, dismantling irrigation systems and stranding livestock. In the near future, it'll be hard for farmers to remain optimistic. Still, as the waters recede, there may be a silver lining to the excess rain further down the line.
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Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Everything former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says gets a tremendous amount of attention, even if she says virtually nothing, says strategist Geoff Garin. And that's not likely to change as the 2016 presidential race gets closer.
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FBI Releases New Images, Info From Navy Yard Shooting

The FBI offered new details Wednesday about the Sept. 16 shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The shooter, Aaron Alexis, was apparently delusional, believing for the three months prior to the incident that he was being controlled by extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves. A video released of the incident shows Alexis driving into the building and then walking in stairways and halls armed with a shotgun. The FBI says was not targeting anyone in particular.
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Univ. Of Alabama Sororities Accept A Few Students Of Color

At least four black women and other minority students have joined sororities at the University of Alabama. The word to reopen the bidding process came after some spoke out about alleged discrimination in the recruiting process. Experts say segregation is illegal yet it's happening at schools across the country. Some see the new pledges as a first step toward change. For others, it's a symbolic gesture.

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