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Death toll climbs to 15 as the Deep South cleans up snow

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DURHAM, N.C. — The deep freeze that shut down much of the South began to relent Thursday as crews salted and cleared roads after a slow-moving storm left ice and snow in places that usually enjoy mild winters. At least 15 people were killed in accidents and frigid weather. The …

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Extreme weather behind sudden die-off of rare antelope?

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Scientists have determined that unusually warm temperatures and high humidity may have played a role in the mysterious die-off two years ago of half of the world’s population of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan, BBC News reports. Within about a week an entire herd — 60,000 saiga — died. As veterinarians …

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Hate crime charges being considered in Blaze Bernstein death

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A 20-year-old Southern California man is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a former high school classmate. Nineteen-year-old Ivy League student Blaze Bernstein was reportedly stabbed more than 20 times. His body was found in a park earlier this month, one week after he disappeared. Bernstein had been …

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Americans weigh in on DACA, border wall in CBS News poll

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By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto Nearly nine in 10 Americans favor allowing young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to remain in the U.S. – a policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is a view that …

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Florida man snaps photos of alligator fighting python

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NAPLES, Fla. — A group of Florida golfers found a new kind of adversary on the green in Naples over the weekend, CBS Miami reports: A large alligator and a large Burmese python entangled on the course. Richard Nadler posted the pictures on his Facebook account while trying to play …

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2 arrested in connection with hit-and-run of NYPD officer

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NEW YORK — Two people have been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run of a police officer in Times Square, CBS New York reports. The NYPD says Arfhy Santos, 20, and William Lopez, 24, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in New York. Earlier, sources told the station that investigators want to …

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SpaceX, Boeing questioned about safety

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Boeing and SpaceX hope to launch commercial crew ferry ships on long-awaited test flights later this year, but both companies face major challenges getting the spacecraft certified before late 2019 when seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft will no longer be easily available for NASA space station crews, officials told lawmakers …

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