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Explosion At Florida Jail Kills 2, Injures Dozens Of Inmates

Local authorities were describing the incident at the Pensacola jail as a possible gas explosion. It's not yet clear whether the extensive flooding that has hit the region may have played a role.
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D.C. Metro Combats Sexual Harassment, Urges Riders To Speak Up

Sexual harassment is a chronic problem for transit systems, and it's consistently underreported. Metro transit officials have kicked off a serious effort to fight harassment on buses and trains.
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Torrential Rains Latest Severe Weather To Strike The South

After days of storms that dropped massive amounts of rain on the South, floods are sweeping across the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Back in March, when a someone posted on the social media site Reddit that NASCAR driver Josh Wise was without a sponsor, the Dogecoin community stepped in. Now the car is ready to race at Talladega.
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Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years Of BASIC Computer Language

The new programming language, developed five decades ago, didn't require code to be entered on punch cards. It also allowed computer novices to begin programming without a lot of academic training.
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Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.
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Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Seattle politicians are likely to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this year — the highest big-city wage in the nation. But some of the city's business owners are leery of the $15 mark.
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Is It Still College Without Football?

Temple University in Pennsylvania and the New College of Florida are keeping costs low by cutting amenities and some varsity sports. But will running this play make them less attractive to applicants?
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States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works

For a generation, nearly all death penalty states followed the same lethal injection protocol. Now they're forced to improvise — some say experiment — which has led to several botched executions.
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Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case

It's more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he's gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.

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