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A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

As American media struggles, the Texas press ecosystem finds some energy thanks to new digital players and a turnaround in the economy.
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How Sunscreen Can Burn You

Five people burst into flames last year after spray-on sunscreen ignited on their skin. The manufacturer has recalled those sprays, but the Food and Drug Administration says sprays can still pose a fire risk because they include flammable chemicals. So spray carefully, or opt for a shirt.
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That's 'My Son Screaming' On 911 Call, Trayvon's Mother Says

A key piece of evidence in the trial of George Zimmerman is whose voice can be heard on a recording yelling for help. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, testified Friday that she's sure it was her son who was screaming.
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VIDEO: California Fireworks Mishap Injures Dozens

A large number of the explosives went off far too close to the ground. At least 28 people were hurt, though most of the injuries are said to be minor. Onlookers caught the chaos on video.
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At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

As electronic communication grows more pervasive, demand is growing for paid retreats where you have to surrender all electronic devices. One participant says giving up his phone for a weekend was "liberating"; another says she was inspired to observe tech-free Friday nights.
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Boy Saved From Drowning By Woman Posing For Engagement Photo

Becki Salmon and her fiancé were posing on the banks of a fast-moving creek in a Philadelphia park. That is until a five-year-old boy started drowning right behind them, reports WPVI TV. Salmon, who's a trained lifeguard, jumped into the water and saved the boy.
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Prescott's July 4 Celebrations Honor Fallen Firefighters

For the nearly 700 firefighters trying to smother the Arizona blaze that killed 19 of their own on Sunday, July 4th was another day on the hill. An interagency investigation team was collecting evidence to figure out what went wrong. And in nearby Prescott — home to the Granite Mountain Hotshots — the town went ahead with its holiday celebration.
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Louisville TV Station Promises Not To Hype Breaking News

Sick of the hype that desperate local TV news programs use to try to draw viewers, a station in Louisville, Kentucky, is making a bold promise: If news isn't breaking at that moment, the station won't call it breaking news. It is part of a new compact with viewers and advertisers not to hype the news.
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Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards

Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.
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HarborFest Celebrates Boston's Role In American Independence

Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, has kicked off its summer with HarborFest. The annual event provides work for lots of unemployed actors, who get to show off their faux British accents while wearing red-coat costumes. Other actors get to be revolutionaries in tri-cornered hats.

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