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Kissimmee Mall Shooting: Osceola Square Mall on Lockdown, Evacuated in Florida After Shots Fired [Breaking News]

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Prosecutors: Texas Man Used Cocaine to Buy Votes

McALLEN, Texas—Federal prosecutors say a 47-year-old man provided cocaine to secure votes for school board candidates in South Texas. A federal judge in McAllen on Monday scheduled the arraignment of Francisco “Frankie” Garcia of Donna for next month. He’s facing …... Read More


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  • Historians and members of the Midwest History Working Group — (L-R) John Miller, Mike Allen, Jon Lauck, Kurt Leichtle and Catherine Cocks — attend a meeting in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 7, 2014. One of the ideas they came up with was to publish an online journal on a shoestring budget. But the University of Nebraska Press expressed interest in publishing a printed journal, and the group jumped at the chance. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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    OMAHA, Neb.—When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more... Read more

  • This Sept. 16, 2014, photo shows Carl and Shannon Monday, who operate Dark Water Distillery, posing for a photo in Camden, S.C. Monday's ancestors have made moonshine since first coming to America from Ireland. He continues the family tradition, down to the recipe and process now that making moonshine is legal in South Carolina. (AP Photo/The State, Tracy Glantz)

    Legal Moonshine Spreading Across South Carolina

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  • Lawn Paint Pros paints the lawn of a Camarillo, Calif. resident on Sept. 12. Lawn painting has taken off as a way to save on water while still having a lush-looking, green lawn. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)

    California Residents Seek Drought-Friendly Lawns

    CAMARILLO, Calif.—More southern Californians are ripping up the grass in their lawns to plant drought-resistant plants, or to keep that green lush look, installing fake... Read more

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    Are US Colleges Over-Feeding on Government Funds?

    WASHINGTON—The cost to go to college has soared in the last decade. At the same time, federal student aid programs in the form of grants,... Read more

  • This Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014 photo shows Kate Lee, of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, using a hydrometer to test beer samples in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.  The brewery in Richmond brought in Lee, a veteran from Anheuser-Busch to head its quality assurance program. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Craft Brewers Placing Greater Emphasis on Quality

    RICHMOND, Va.—Scoff if you must at mass domestic beers, but lessons learned from the makers of Budweiser and Miller Lite are helping to make sure... Read more

  • In this November 1989 photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. Thompson led a group that recovered millions of dollars worth of sunken treasure only to end up involved in court cases brought by dozens of insurance companies laying claim to the treasure. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

    Feds Chase Treasure Hunter Turned Fugitive

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but... Read more

  • A choir sings during 13th anniversary ceremonies at the Flight 93 National Monument in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Thursday. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    In a School Garden on 9/11

    Like the rest of us, I remember where I was on 9/11. I had arrived at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell, Georgia, when... Read more

  • Journalism Next? Thriving in the Digital Age gives practical tools and a mental boost. (Shuttertock*)

    Journalism Inspiration Way Down Yonder

    The Atlanta Press Club just brought me a dose of inspiration from below the gnat line. The gnat line is a geological feature that bisects... Read more

  • This product image provided by Levi Strauss shows the company's Knit Jeans, made of stretch cotton knit that look like jeans but feel like sweatpants. Companies, including Levi Strauss, which invented the first pair of blue jeans 141 years ago, acknowledge that the jeans business has been hurt by what the fashion industry dubs the “athleisure” trend. That has led them to create new versions of classic denim that are more “stretchy” and mimic the comfort of sweatpants.  (AP Photo/Levi Strauss)

    A Look at the Past and Uncertain Future of the Iconic Blue Jeans

    NEW YORK—Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not... Read more

  • People hold a photograph of James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by the IS group, during a memorial service in Irbil, 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)

    What to Show, What to Hide

    When ISIL terrorists murdered the second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, this week, tech firms halted spread of the video of his death. Some media outlets,... Read more

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    Reforming Drug, Alcohol Offenders: 2 Promising Programs

    WASHINGTON—A couple of frustrated circuit judges—one from South Dakota and the other from Hawaii—wanted to find a better way for changing the behavior of alcohol... Read more

  • Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, right, scrambles after a hand off from quarterback Nick Foles during an NFL football training camp scrimmage of New England Patriots and Eagles in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    NFL Preseason Schedule, Scores 2014: Friday Night Football Starts with 3 Preseason Games; Jets to Answer Giants?

    Friday night football starts  with three games: the Patriots vs the Panthers, the Lions vs the Jaguars, and the Jets vs the Giants. All start... Read more

  • A truck that's been converted into a home is parked at the beach in Venice, Calif. on Aug. 14. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)

    Living on Four Wheels in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—Lisa Green was a successful financial analyst in Florida for 20 years until she had a spiritual awakening and moved out West. She decided... Read more

  • (Kelsey Dake/ProPublica)

    How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

    Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64... Read more

  • This image provided by NOAA taken Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014 shows Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, right. Though it's not clear how damaging the storms could be, many in Hawaii aren't taking any chances as they wait for Hurricane Iselle to make landfall later this week and Tropical Storm Julio potentially hitting a few days later. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    National Hurricane Center Update: Back-to-Back Storms Rare in Hawaii

    Comparatively few really big storms pass close enough to Hawaii to do much more than shake the palm fronds, but now back-to-back storms packing high-speed... Read more

  • The statue of the 16th president of the US Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial on November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Abraham Lincoln’s Handwriting Found in Book Justifying Racism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have... Read more


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