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10:37 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Cowboy Cravings: Fried Cookie Dough And Other Rodeo Calorie Bombs

(Left to right) Rodeo concessions include the loaded potato; deep-fried chocolate cupcake and the Texas Tater Twister, a spiral-cut tater on a sausage, deep-fried.
(Left and Center)Robert Young/Flickr; Dave 77459/Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:34 pm

American state fairs have gotten competitive about wowing fair-goers (and the media) with their ever more outrageous concessions.

Among the immoderate new dishes of 2014? The cheeseburger stuffed with macaroni and cheese on a Krispy Kreme bun at the California State Fair, and the deep-fried breakfast on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed March 18, 2015

March Madness Starts With A Bang, And A Big Comeback

Jarvis Summers of the Mississippi Rebels sits on the court in the closing seconds of his team's 17-point comeback win against Brigham Young during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Joe Robbins Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 9:44 am

Ole Miss scored 62 points in the second half last night to dig its way out of a hole and into the big bracket, on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. At the half, the Rebels were 17 points behind BYU — which had pulled off its own miracle comeback just three years ago.

BYU suffered the loss in Dayton, where it had made a historic 25-point comeback in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Gunmen Storm Tunisian Museum In Deadly Attack

Tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed National Bardo Museum on Wednesday.
Fethi Belaid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:41 pm

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Tunisia's prime minister says at least 21 people were killed Wednesday after gunmen stormed the National Bardo Museum in the capital city, Tunis. Seventeen foreign tourists from Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain were among the dead, according to Prime Minister Habib Essid.

Two gunmen also were killed, Essid said, along with a Tunisian citizen and a police officer. Initial reports had put the death toll at eight.

At least 22 foreigners and two Tunisians were injured in the most serious attack in Tunisia in years.

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It's All Politics
9:35 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Can't Protect The Real White House? Get An $8 Million Fake One

A member of the Secret Service's uniformed division stands by a fence in front of the White House.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:25 pm

It's no secret that the Secret Service has had a few public-relations problems over the past few years.

Not the least of which was a man who scaled the White House fence and made it all the way inside the home of the American president and his family.

There have been a lot of solutions floated — better training, improved schedules for overworked agents, even a higher fence.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy has another idea — an $8 million replica White House complete with fountains, guard booths, even plants.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Serbia Arrests 8 Accused Of Direct Roles In 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

This photo taken March 7 shows a now-abandoned warehouse where more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in July 1995 on the outskirts of Srebrenica.
Sulejman Omerbasic AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:05 am

Police have arrested eight men suspected of carrying out the 1995 mass killing of more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica. War crimes prosecutors ordered what are said to be the first arrests in Serbia of direct participants in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

The eight men are accused of killing "over 1,000 civilians of Muslim nationality, whose remains were identified in mass graves at several locations," reports Serbian news agency B92.

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NPR Ed
6:08 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Common Core Means 3 Tests In 3 Years For Michigan Kids

As political battles rage over the Common Core, teachers like Jennifer Bahns at the University Prep Academy middle school in Detroit are trying to prepare their students for the first major Common Core exams this spring.
Erin Einhorn Hechinger Report

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:54 am

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about the Common Core.

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

The Secret Service has confirmed that an envelope sent to the White House tested positive for cyanide. Further testing was underway.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:54 pm

A test on an envelope that arrived at the White House Mail Screening Facility on Monday indicates that it contains cyanide, according to the Secret Service. The agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says:

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U.S.
5:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Secret Service Wants Another White House (For Practice)

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:23 am

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

Advocates are looking to a new Oregon law as a model for increasing voter turnout.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Go to renew your driver's license in Oregon, and you will now be signed up to vote automatically.

It's the first state in the country with that sort of law, which is designed to make voting easier, and stands in contrast to the trend seen in the past several years in more conservative states.

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Food
4:38 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Tea Not For Two (Minutes, That Is)

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:23 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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