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You Be The Commissioner: What Should Happen To A-Rod?

The Yankees' third baseman is expected to be hit with a suspension that would keep him out of games for the rest of this season and all of 2014. But he's also expected to appeal that punishment, which would mean he could play while an arbitrator reviews the case.
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Sideburns Contest To Honor Commodore Perry

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a major victory over the British 200 years ago at the Battle of Lake Erie. On Wednesday the citizens of Erie, Pa., will honor him the best way they know how — with a sideburns contest. Judges are looking for sideburns that resemble Commodore Perry's famous mutton chops.
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Donations Help Detroit Bury Unclaimed Bodies

Scarce funding had forced Detroit's government to delay burying unclaimed bodies for a year or more. But the death of one homeless man has spurred donations from across the country to help bury him and other unclaimed bodies in the Wayne County morgue.
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A-Rod Said To Be Facing Long Suspension From Baseball

Major League Baseball is expected to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees all star Alex Rodriguez is the most prominent name on the list, and he also faces the longest suspension.
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Remembering 6 Shooting Deaths At Wis. Sikh Temple

One Year ago Monday, six people were shot and killed at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Members of the temple are marking the anniversary with prayers, meals and public service. Sikhs, federal officials and others say they're striving to build stronger relationships and reduce violence.
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McConnell Squares Off With Rivals At Ky. Political Picnic

Over the weekend, the western Kentucky town of Fancy Farm was the site of the first meeting between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his likely Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes. National Democrats promise to make defeating McConnell the top priority as they head into a mid-term election that offers Republicans a good chance of taking control of the Senate.
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Beetle Infestation Helps Open Shuttered Saw Mills

Saw mills are re-opening in Colorado and Wyoming after a long lull in the timber industry. They're harvesting and processing trees that have been killed by beetle infestation. Beetle killed wood is just as strong as regular wood.
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To Join '63 March On Washington: 'Like Climbing A Mountain'

When civil rights worker Jack Hansan traveled to Washington to participate in the march, the fear of violence breaking out was very real. But the father of four knew he had to be there, not just to witness history, but also to play a part in changing it.
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Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Intervenes, BART Strike Averted For Now

Commuters can rest a little easier — another threatened strike at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has been avoided, at least temporarily. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a board of investigators to look into the contract dispute that had threatened to shut down the system.

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