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Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed
A man claiming to be the leader of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, appeared in a video this weekend leading prayers. He has taken the name Caliph Ibrahim and claims to rule over all Muslims.
Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts
John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. Sometimes he gets injured.
Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix
As a Canadian bride and groom posed for a close-up — down the road from their ceremony — a funnel cloud appeared behind them.
Programs Target Poverty In Obama's Five 'Promise Zones'
The idea is to basically carpet-bomb specific urban neighborhoods and rural areas with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training, with the goal of turning those areas around.
First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster
One year after an oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, some firemen and first responders say they still don't have the training or manpower to handle a similar disaster.
New IRS Chief John Koskien: 'I Enjoy A Crisis'
Koskien is a professional fixer. He has helmed a mortgage lending giant, a city and now the IRS through scandals and disasters — to varying degrees of success, as he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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