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Fires And Explosions Reported In Massachusetts Towns

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Firefighters and police officers in Massachusetts are rushing to the towns of Lawrence and Andover tonight. Dozens of houses have exploded into flames apparently connected to a problem with the gas. Lawrence General Hospital says it is treating fire victims, and people are being told to evacuate, which has led to gridlock and traffic jams.

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New York Governor Cuomo Beats Back Primary Challenge From Actress Cynthia Nixon

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo answers a question as Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon looks on during a gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University last month.

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‘Botham Chose Everyone’: Funeral For Slain Dallas Man Draws Hundreds

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The casket carrying Botham Shem Jean arrives at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ Thursday in Richardson, Texas.

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Researchers Discover Ancient ‘Hashtag’

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Blombos Cave drawing with ocher pencil on silcrete stone.

Craig Foster

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Contagious Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Throws Curveball Into MLB Season

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Houston Astros relief pitcher Brad Peacock delivers the ball during an Aug. 1 game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A month later, he became the third known player in the league diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease this season.

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Family That Survived Hurricane Maria Evacuates Ahead Of Florence

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A sign posts a mandatory evacuation prior to Hurricane Florence in Emerald Isle N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

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Pentagon Was Not Notified Of Proposal To Change Military Lending Act

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seen at a House committee hearing earlier this year. Under Mulvaney, the bureau has scaled back its enforcement of rules against predatory lenders.

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Establishment Candidates Prevail In New Hampshire Primaries

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Chris Pappas participates in a debate of Democratic hopefuls in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., earlier this month. Pappas won the Tuesday, Sept. 11, Democratic primary and will represent his party in the November general election.

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MGM Offers To Donate Nearly $1 Million On Behalf Of Las Vegas Victims It Is Suing

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On Oct. 2, 2017, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip, following a deadly shooting at a music festival. On Tuesday, the company that owns the hotel offered to make a $500 charitable donation for victims who authorize their lawyers to accept legal notice of the ...

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‘He Belongs To The World’: The Powerful Work Of A Jailed Bangladeshi Photographer

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Shahidul Alam, surrounded by police, arrives at a Dhaka court on Aug. 6. Nobel laureates and human rights groups have called for his release.

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Hundreds Of Roman Gold Coins Found In Theater Basement

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Hundreds of ancient, gold coins were found last week in the basement of a former theater in northern Italy. Archaeologists uncovered the jackpot in Como, on the border with Switzerland.

The coins date back to the late Roman imperial times in the 4th or 5th century, and were spilling out of a two-handled soapstone jar called an amphora, buried in the dirt.

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Native American Tribes File Lawsuit Seeking To Invalidate Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

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President Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left), and Energy Secretary Rick Perry (right), in March 2017, announcing the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. On Monday two Native American tribes filed a lawsuit seeking a judge to rescind the permit for the $8 billion project.

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