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Scripps Spelling Bee

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Two tie as winners of National Spelling Bee

Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, tied as winners of the National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Solar energy, green energy, renewable energy

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US green energy use highest since 1930s

Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s.

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Pataki makes long-shot bid for President

George Pataki, the newest addition to the packed Republican White House race, said Thursday the bottom of the pack is the best place to start, as he kicked off his long-shot presidential bid in New Hampshire.

The former three-term New York governor, w...

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Report: Eruption evacuates Japanese island

Residents of a small island in Japan were ordered to evacuate after a volcanic eruption, The Associated Press reported.

Texas car water

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Texas braces for onslaught of more rain

The ferocious Blanco River surged into the Perez family's vacation home, blowing the door off its frame.

"Oh no!" Sarah Perez cried from the second floor.

The torrent of brown water filled the Texas house, creating a whirlpool of chairs and tables.

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Sepp Blatter, FIFA congress

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FIFA president: Punish the 'few' offenders

Amid calls for his dismissal Thursday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter blamed allegations of widespread corruption within soccer's governing body on "a few" and called for those involved to be punished as FIFA works to rebuild its reputation.

Blatter spo...

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Racist Dr. Seuss drawing up for auction

A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr. Seuss that's sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work.

The 1929 color illustration for "Judge" magazine depicts a blatantly racist scenario and uses a slur to de...

Dennis Hastert

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Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted

Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct."

Powerful - Putin

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Russia makes peacetime military deaths secret

For years, the tally of Russian troops who died at war has been a state secret. Now, President Vladimir Putin says his government won't reveal the number of military deaths during peacetime either.

8 test scandal educators maintain innocence

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15 indicted in test-taking scheme

Fifteen Chinese nationals have been accused of participating in a cheating scheme that helped foreign students fraudulently gain admission to American colleges and universities and obtain student visas.

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