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Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt

Bertha, which got stuck digging a Seattle highway tunnel, is 60 feet below ground and can't move forward — or backward. Now a rescue plan is underway to fix the five-story-tall machine.

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In The Arizona Wilds, Burro Murders Baffle Investigators

Despite federal protections, slow-moving wild donkeys are being targeted, and the shooters are getting away with it. Originally gold miners' pack animals, burros are symbolic of the American West.

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The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

A samba can be fast or slow; it can propel a parade or insinuate sensuality behind a song. When dancers hit the street for parades during Carnival, their sambas tell stories, like a moving opera.

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Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis

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Something You Lost Melodium
Stripes March Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Pittsburgh Left [Eliot Lipp Remix] Lymbyc Systym

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A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest

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Playing To The Rafters, Singing Like A Man Possessed

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Pills Beneath Her Pillow Possessed by Paul James
Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death James Blackshaw

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Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt

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asdf Mount Kimbie
Tunneling Through the Guy Man Man

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Cheever Biographer Turns His Eye On His Own Troubled Family

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What Makes You Beautiful One Direction
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The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

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Elaine Stritch, Volatile And Vulnerable In 'Shoot Me'

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I'm Still Here Elaine Stritch
30 Rock [Long Play Version]/The Bitenuker [Version]