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Up, Up And Away: Balloon School For Parade Newbies WDET

It takes skill, strength and teamwork to control those helium-filled bags of Thanksgiving-parade fun. That's exactly what balloon school is for.

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Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has won this year's Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his song cycle let me tell you. It's his first vocal work. Lars Skaaning/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hans Abrahamsen Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

The Danish composer's evocative song cycle let me tell you features an ingenious mashup of all the words allotted to Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder In Black Teen's Death

Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times after allegedly refusing to follow officers' instructions as he walked down a street with a knife in October 2014.

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Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely — and vertically — in Texas.

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In The West Bank, A Synagogue Comes Down

In a case that lasted years, Israel's highest court ordered removal of a synagogue built on Palestinian land. But the case was complicated by the government's $1.3 million payout to Jewish settlers.

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Trump Reasserts Claim That 'Thousands' Of N.J. Muslims Cheered After Sept. 11

The GOP presidential candidate's remarks at a rally in Ohio on Monday come despite denials by police and other New Jersey public officials — and the absence of news reports detailing such events of that day.

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15-Year-Old Boy Is Liberia's First Ebola-Related Fatality Since July

Liberian officials announced a resurgence of the disease last week. Two of the boy's family members reportedly also have tested positive for the disease.

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