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Mudslides, Flooding Strand Thousands In California

One person was killed Sunday when a mudslide buried a car. Officials told people in two communities and in a campground to shelter in place.
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Toledo Mayor Lifts Water Ban, Says 'Our Water Is Safe'

For three days, cities in northwest Ohio had told residents not to use city water, because it had been contaminated by toxins most likely produced by blooming algae in Lake Erie.
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Giant Tortoise Leads Authorities On Low-Speed Chase

The tortoise made a run for it outside Los Angeles. It's not clear how it crept away, but once it was found, the tortoise did not lead a chase worthy of those old LA cop shows.
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Dallas Cowboys Print NFL Post-Season Tickets

When Cowboy season ticket holders receive their tickets to regular season games, they'll also get a sheet of tickets for the playoffs. Dallas hasn't made the playoffs in the past four years.
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Algae Toxins Make Toledo's Water Undrinkable

Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are still unable to drink tap water. Tests at a water treatment plant revealed the city's water had abnormally high levels of a toxin blamed on algae from Lake Erie.
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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

As the son of a preacher, McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.
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Kentucky's Big Senate Contest Highlight Of Political Picnic

For 134 years, politicians have attended a festival in western Kentucky called Fancy Farm. This festival drew a crowd — in part, because Kentucky has a close contest for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
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Proposed Gondola For Grand Canyon's Rim Has Community On Edge

Developers and the Navajo Nation are negotiating to bring a tourist complex — and jobs — to the edge of the Grand Canyon. But some Native Americans say the project would tread on sacred land.
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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.
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What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?

Americans are much less active in their leisure time than they were 20 years ago; that's true even for young people. Up to half of people say they're completely sedentary. Desk jobs don't help.

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