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August 17, 2012

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1. PUSSY RIOT PUNK BAND GUILTY IN PUTIN PROTEST

A Russian judge has found Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism driven by religious hatred for their guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral. They face up to seven years in prison in sentencing later today.

2. THE SECRET BEHIND ROMNEY'S TWITTER POPULARITY

Some are questioning whether his more than 861,000 followers are for real.

3. A LOOK AT THE MOTIVATION FOR ECUADOR TO PROTECT ASSANGE

Offering asylum to the man responsible for the biggest-ever spilling of U.S. secrets was apparently too attractive for President Rafael Correa to resist.

4. WHEN HUMANS CAN'T SAVE YOU, IT'S EMILY TO THE RESCUE

The remote-controlled craft with a flotation device is being used by lifeguards on the "Baywatch" beaches in California.

5. CAMPERS: BE WARY OF MORE THAN BEARS

Rodents at popular Yosemite lodging spot may have spread rare and fatal virus.

6. FELLOW BIPOLAR SUFFERER KENNEDY VISITS JESSE JACKSON JR.

The ex-congressman from Rhode Island says his colleague's deep depression will take lots of work to manage.

7. HOW A 297-POUND 12-YEAR-OLD FEELS AFTER PEEWEE FOOTBALL BAN

"I'm not sad, I'm mad that I don't get to play."

8. TIMEPIECE MAKER WATCHES AS PLEA FOR $100,000 NETS HIM $10.3 MILLION

The founder of Pebble Technology discovered the joy of crowdfunding.

9. WHY ROBERT PATTINSON ACCEPTED 'COSMOPOLIS' ROLE

He looked up director David Cronenberg on Rotten Tomatoes "and it was like 98 percent approval."

10. MOM SAYS HER AUTISTIC SON WAS TURNED DOWN FOR HEART TRANSPLANT

An expert on medical ethics says this is why more people need to sign organ donor cards

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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