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VA's Shinseki 'Mad As Hell' Over Alleged Delays At Facility

At issue are accusations of delayed treatment and preventable deaths at the VA hospital in Phoenix. Eric Shinseki, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is testifying before a Senate panel.
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'She's A Hero!' Boy Says Of Cat Who Fought Off Attacking Dog

A family's story of how their cat ran off a dog that had attacked their young son is making waves far beyond Bakersfield, Calif., as the incident was captured in a dramatic video.
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San Diego County Wildfires Prompt Evacuations, State Of Emergency

More than a half-dozen wildfires are burning in the Southern California county. Thousands of residents have been evacuated. Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Erik Anderson of member station KPBS.
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Just One-Third Of People Can Tell If You're Faking That Laugh

Plenty of primates laugh, but only humans fake it. So what are we getting out of that phony chuckle? Perhaps an unfair advantage at work and in social situations, researchers say.
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Don't Salmon, Don't Shoal: Learning The Lingo Of Safe Cycling

More and more people are bicycle commuting, but many haven't mastered the intricacies of bike etiquette. What the heck is a sharrow? Knowing that can make for a safer trip by bicycle or (gasp) car.
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10,000 Gallons Of Oil Spill In L.A. Neighborhood

Crude oil geysered high into the air after a pipeline rupture early Thursday morning in northern Los Angeles. Fire officials say the spill was knee-deep in some spots.
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Police Apprehend Man Looking For Eggs In Neighbor's Home

Police in Bucks County, Pa., found Christopher King looking for eggs by opening dresser and cabinet drawers in the house, according to the Courier Times.
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Studio Turns Potholes Into Art

The Pop Up Studio in Scranton, Pa., is challenging residents to turn potholes into something more artsy. Such as oysters on ice, a bowl of spaghetti or a sudsy sink.
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A Decade Of Same-Sex Marriage Began In Massachusetts

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. Attorney Mary Bonauto, one of key drivers of the change, is a quiet, unassuming mother of two from Maine.
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Amid Controversy, Sept. 11 Museum Opens Its Doors

The exhibits include pieces of the twin towers and other artifacts. But the museum has been criticized by some for the way it houses remains of unidentified victims, and for an exhibit on al-Qaida.

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