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California Cracks Down On Farmers' Market Cheaters  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:30:24 -0400
Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it's sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local. 
New Orleans Schools Face A Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:03:15 -0400
America's classrooms are seeing a surge of kids from Central America who crossed into the U.S. illegally. Educating them is expensive, and one school in New Orleans is scrambling to cover the costs. 
Hong Kong Police Warn Protesters Not To Occupy Government Buildings  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:24:00 -0400
As protesters crowd around the territory's administrative headquarters, China's state media is also warning of "chaos" if the demonstrators go further. 
Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:59:00 -0400
The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rain forest. About 2,000 species are found only in the park. 
On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:40:00 -0400
Diagnosing and treating Ebola isn't so hard, health workers say; hospitals across the U.S. should be ready. But initial symptoms, such as fever and headache, can look the same as other illnesses. 
Michael Dunn Found Guilty In 'Loud Music' Killing  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:25:00 -0400
A Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a dispute over loud music. 
Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0400
The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps. 
Long-Term Birth Control Works Best For Teens, Pediatricians Say  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:08:00 -0400
When given their choice of contraceptives for free, almost three-quarters of sexually active teenage girls chose long-acting options like the IUD or hormonal implants, a study finds. 
When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:07:00 -0400
Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be. 
Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:56:00 -0400
The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced. 
Royals' Win A Tough Act To Beat As Baseball Playoffs Near  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:37:00 -0400
After a dramatic win in extra innings, the Kansas City Royals will advance in the playoffs for the first time in nearly three decades. 
2 New Breeds Allowed To Compete At Westminster Dog Show  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:00 -0400
The Westminster Kennel Club will allow two new breeds to next year's show — the wirehaired vizsla and the coton de tulear. 
Dallas Ebola Patient Was Not Diagnosed On First Hospital Visit  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:00 -0400
Officials at Presbyterian Hospital said the patient confirmed last Friday that he had been in an area with Ebola, but that information was not passed along to the entire medical team. 
University Of Michigan Coach Under Fire For Playing Injured Quarterback  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:00 -0400
Coach Brady Hoke kept an injured quarterback in last weekend's game, touching off student protests and booster backlash. Rachel Martin talks to Alejandro Zuniga, an editor at the The Michigan Daily
Secret Service Director Resigns After Storm Of Criticism  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:00 -0400
The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned on Wednesday after the agency came under scrutiny for a series of security missteps. 
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