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Student invents world's first food-scented alarm clock

SensorWake, the first food-scented alarm clock, wakes you up to the smell of some of your favorite foods.

      
 

 

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Yarnell Hill Fire lawsuits settle for $670,000, reforms

Under agreement, state will implement new wildland firefighting procedures to improve safety.

      
 

 

Glenn Ford, exonerated death row inmate, dies

Ford’s wrongful conviction reignited national discussion about the death penalty.

      
 

 

High demand, low access make Brazil's tuition-free colleges a long shot for lower class

According to ‘Business Insider,’ federal universities have a better reputation than Brazil’s competing private universities.

      
 

 

Supreme Court will hear new challenge to affirmative action

The court will give opponents of affirmative action another chance in a Texas case.

      
 

 

Schwarzenegger discusses return to 'Terminator'

At the Sunday Hollywood premiere of ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ actor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed returning to the ‘Terminator’ franchise after a 12-year absence, and why he’ll be back if there’s demand for yet another series entry. (June 28)

      
 

 

Multiple deaths after plane crashes into Mass. home

Authorities say multiple people are dead after a plane crashed into a home in Plainville, Massachusetts.
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Autopsy: 3 shots to head killed escaped murderer

Federal border officer shot Richard Matt on Friday. Manhunt for his accomplice continues.

      
 

 

5 most uplifting stories of the week

Acts of generosity and kindness highlight the week’s list of uplifting stories.

      
 

 

Boy Scout dies in New Mexico ranch flooding

Philmont Scout Ranch said the Scout could not be accounted for, and was later confirmed to have died.

      
 

 

Is this the beginning of the end for N.J.'s Pinelands?

Nearly 40 years after the vast area won protection, a host of threats have emerged.

      
 

 

Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond at Arkansas park

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972.

      
 

 

Black female activist removes Dixie flag at S.C. Capitol

The protester, who wore a helmet and climbing gear to reach the flag, was arrested.

      
 

 

La., Miss. officials drag feet on issuing same-sex licenses

Louisiana was only state not to issue same-sex marriage licenses Friday.

      
 

 

Penn Jillette on same-sex marriage decision

Penn Jillette, of the magician duo Penn & Teller, reacts favorably to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. He made the comment while promoting their upcoming stint on Broadway. (June 26)

      
 

 

A day some Americans thought — and some hoped — would never come

From coast to coast, Supreme Court gay marriage ruling reverberated in various ways.

      
 

 

ShowBiz Minute: Diamond, Swift, Harry Potter

TV actor Dustin Diamond gets 4 months jail for stabbing; Taylor Swift will allow Apple Music to stream ‘1989’ album; Harry Potter to return in new play. (June 26)

      
 

 

Chicago teachers break off contract talks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls on teachers to return to the negotiating table.

      
 

 

Millennials now outnumber Boomers, Census Bureau says

The Census Bureau report defined Millennials as those born from 1982 through 2000.

      
 

 

Scientists look to unlock mysteries of nighttime thunderstorms

The goal is to improve forecasts for when the nighttime monsters will strike.