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The Education Of Christylez Bacon

The rapper, singer, beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist is a product of Southeast Washington, D.C., an area hit hard by crime and drugs in the 1980s.

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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.

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Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased

Private equity firms have been snapping up properties in many areas hit hard by the recession. Some analysts worry that those bulk purchases will leave middle-class buyers out in the cold.

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The Education Of Christylez Bacon

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SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing

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Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

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Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased

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Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement

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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

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Ada [DJ Spooky Remix] Graham Reynolds

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'Sherlock,' 'House Of Cards' Top China's Must-Watch List

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