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Both Sides Hopeful In Last Hours Of Sanford, Colbert Busch Race

Both the South Carolina Republican and Democratic parties found cause for optimism in voter turnout Tuesday in the special election for Congress between Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
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Matt Groening's Mother, Inspiration For Marge Simpson, Dies

Margaret Groening was born a Wiggum, a name familiar to fans of The Simpsons. She died in her sleep on April 22. She was 94.
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Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993, Study Says

The United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns in the past 20 years, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a steep drop for gun violence in the 1990s, with more modest drops in the rate of crimes committed with a handgun since 2000.
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Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms

Science education standards, issued in April, recommend teaching climate change for the first time. But one nonprofit says kids aren't learning enough, soon enough, about how their world will change in the coming decades. The group aims to remedy this with presentations in schools nationwide.
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Gov. Chris Christie Admits To Secret Weight Loss Surgery

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed on Tuesday that he secretly underwent weight loss surgery in February. Christie, who has struggled with his weight for 20 years, insists the decision was motivated by his family and not his political future.
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Repeat Fires Put Maine Apartment Dwellers On Edge

Two hundred residents of the small city of Lewiston, Maine, are homeless after a series of dramatic fires downtown. On three different nights, neighbors have been awaked by smoke and flames as old wooden apartment buildings were engulfed. Susan Sharon reports a pair of arrests after the first two fires has done nothing to ease people's fears.
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Majority Of Missing Persons Cases Are Resolved

Audie Cornish talks with Todd Matthews, director of communications for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, about how many people go missing every year, and who they typically are.
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More Questions Than Answers In Cleveland Kidnappings

Authorities in Cleveland, Ohio, are sorting out the details of a triple kidnapping that had lasted almost a decade. On Monday, one of the three women escaped from the house where she'd been held captive and was able to call police. Now, three brothers are in custody and there are more questions than answers.

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