Museum displays include examples of robes worn by the men, women and children of the Ku Klux Klan.
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April 30, 2012 Michigan's new Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is using the ugliness of racism to teach a lesson of acceptance. "We are a resource that does the thing that many Americans don't want to do," says museum founder and curator David Pilgrim, "and that is to talk about race in a direct way."
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Teresa MacBain pauses while talking about her ongoing job search. She has been out of work since leaving her position as a Methodist pastor earlier this year.
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April 30, 2012 Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they'd make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn't take it anymore. In a move that's left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist — and she says it's a big relief.
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April 30, 2012 Three men are confirmed dead after an accident over the weekend during a sailboat race from Southern California to Ensenada, Mexico. Wreckage from their boat was spotted early Saturday morning but the cause of its destruction remains a mystery.
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April 30, 2012 A bullet train that would deliver tourists from southern California to the Las Vegas strip could be the nation's first high-speed rail system to break ground. The private company, DesertXpress, will soon learn whether it's going to receive a $4.9 billion federal loan for the project. The train's supporters and its critics have squared off over the familiar issues of jobs versus wasteful federal spending. The proposed train is also pitting two small towns against each other.
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George Zimmerman during his bond hearing in a Seminole County, Fla., courtroom on April 20.
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April 30, 2012 The legal defense team for Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has created a website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
Even as more people rely on cellphones to tell time, retailer American Apparel has found that novelty watches are selling well.
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April 30, 2012 With cellphones nearly ubiquitous, fewer people are relying on watches to tell time. But some retailers are doing brisk business marketing watches as fashion statements, or by appealing to shoppers' sense of novelty or nostalgia.
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This van plunged off the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday. All seven people inside were killed.
April 30, 2012 Sunday's tragedy took the lives of seven people, all from one family. In 2006, six people were killed near the same spot. Last June, another went airborne there — but both people inside survived. Authorities are investigating.
Sunoco operates about 4,900 gasoline stations around the United States.
April 30, 2012 The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling.
April 30, 2012 Since Arizona passed SB 1070 in 2010, five other states signed similar legislation into law: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Indiana. Some of those laws are on hold pending court rulings, but lawmakers in say they've already seen successes, as well as unforeseen consequences.
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April 30, 2012 Tell Me More is celebrating its 5th anniversary on NPR's airwaves. It's been quite an exciting journey. Five is a major milestone and no one knows this better than someone who has just turned five. Host Michel Martin hears from some 5-year-olds on "What's Fun About Being Five."
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Pop singer Katy Perry became known for her song "I Kissed a Girl," and that became a problem for Katie Perry, a marketing manager at a New York advertising agency.
April 30, 2012 Average people who have the same names as celebrities will tell you they put up with a lifetime of lame jokes. Sharing names with people known for less glamorous pursuits, such as porn stars and killers, can cause real problems.
A sign warning motorists that exotic animals were on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio, last October.
April 30, 2012 Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.
Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
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April 30, 2012 Workers added a steel column this afternoon, making the skyscrapere 21 feet taller than the observation deck at the Empire State Building. That's a symbolic return to the sky for a site destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
April 30, 2012 Each day a quarter of a billion dollars in goods crosses the aging Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. An additional bridge is desperately needed but a long way off from being built.
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April 30, 2012 Teams in the NBA playoff have begun their quest to be the champion. The headline story of the weekend: Chicago superstar Derrick Rose is out with a torn knee ligament.
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