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In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them.
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Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

In the latest Pew poll, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads President Obama 49-45.
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Pipe Labeled 'Kaboom' Causes City Hall Evacuation

Authorities in Akron, Ohio, found a suspicious pipe labeled with the word "Kaboom" on it so they evacuated City Hall. It was accidentally left behind by Natural Hunka Kaboom. He tells the Akron Beacon Journal he meant no harm, and his name really is Kaboom.
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Thieves Steal Gorilla Wearing Sunglasses, Shorts

Oregon residents are being asked to contact police if they see a 30-foot tall gorilla — wearing sunglasses and polka dot shorts. He's carrying a hot tub, and may or may not be inflated. The giant gorilla stood for four years on top of the Spas of Oregon store in Gladstone.
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Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — on a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed. Originally broadcast August 27, 2012.
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Predicting The Future: Fantasy Or A Good Algorithm?

The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs — can help them do that faster and more precisely. Now, a cutting-edge tech company is trying to use data to predict seminal events before they happen.

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