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Racy reads too hot for some schools to handle

Neptune, NJ Cal by Bernard Mac Laverty and Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman are books that some parents want banned from the required reading list at Rumson Fair Haven High School. 092815 Photo Tom Spader/Gannett(Photo: Tom Spader, Tom Spader/Gannett) ...

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Purdue University Student Simulates NASA Mission to Mars

JOSEPH PAULJournal & Courier LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – As Jocelyn Dunn drove closer to the top of the volcano, she noticed that plant life started to recede. Animal life was nowhere to be found. Civilization faded into the rear-view mirror. She ...

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Atlas V set to launch classified mission Thursday in California

USA Today Network James Dean, Florida Today 8:29 p.m. EDT October 7, 2015 The NROL-55 payload, encapsulated in a 4-meter diameter payload fairing, was mated to an Atlas V booster inside the Mobile Service Tower, or MST, at Vandenberg Air ...

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James Blake: Police watchdog substantiates force complaint

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo, former tennis pro James Blake, right, acknowledges applause during a semifinal match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. ...

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Retired seniors have it sweet in Switzerland

Helena Bachmann, Special for USA TODAY 6:57 p.m. EDT October 7, 2015 A senior couple sit on a bench above fog hanging in the valley of Hochwacht mountain above Zug in central Switzerland on Nov. 20, 2012.(Photo: Fabrice Coffrini, AFP/Getty ...

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Goodell, owners expect future vote on LA relocation

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, arrives during the National Football League owners meeting, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The owners will further consider the desire of three franchises — the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego ...

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Terror at 3,500 feet as glass walkway in China cracks

Chinese tourists got more thrill than they bargained for when a panel of the 3,500′ high glass walkway they were on cracked. USA TODAY People stand by a cracked glass tile on a glass-bottomed walkway Oct. 5, 2015, in Yuntaishan ...

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6,000 Drug Convicts Are About to Be Freed

A stampede of federal prisoners is about to go home early, thanks to a change in federal sentencing guidelines that’s cut short their penalties for drug crimes. The exodus is expected to include about 6,000 people – nearly 3 percent ...

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Harvard debate champs lose to team of prisoners

Rob Quinn, Newser staff 11:16 a.m. EDT October 7, 2015 Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.(Photo: 2002 photo by Chitose Suzuki, AP) (NEWSER) – Next up, a debate with the ...

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Ex-teammate: Arrested NBA player was giving cash to homeless

FILE – In this photo from Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, center, leaves a courthouse in New York. Sefolosha plans to fight charges he blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of ...

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