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Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Long before Peterson began running through the NFL record book, he learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Football has always been his escape, and now he's dealing with more off-the-field tragedy. One of Peterson's sons, a victim of alleged child abuse, died Friday of severe head injuries. (10/12/2013)
Industrial hemp
Finished hemp is legal in the U.S., but growing it remains off-limits under federal law. The Congressional Research Service recently noted wildly differing projections about hemp's economic potential. However, America is one of hemp's fastest-growing markets, with imports largely coming from China and Canada. (10/12/2013)
Nearly every part of Robert Middleton's body was etched by fire after he got doused with gasoline and set aflame on his eighth birthday near his Texas home. That was in 1998, when the boy was covered with third-degree burns. As he grew into adolescence, Robert seemed to move on with his life. But an important question from the past still lingered: Would his attacker ever be brought to justice? (10/12/2013)
Across the nation, about a dozen states already have furloughed hundreds of employees whose paychecks depend on federal money. The layoffs have hit civilians at state National Guard bureaus, workplace safety inspectors and state workers who determine eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, among others.
Some Wisconsin residents are frustrated with the Department of Natural Resources' lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing concerns surrounding potential health problems from crystalline silica dust.
The project is part of a 13-acre park planned for the Frogtown area. It's been in the works since the Wilder Foundation decided to sell the land.
The state's pheasant population is down by about 30 percent this year over 2012.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support, Wollman said.
As a deal moves toward ending the partial government shutdown, raising the nation's line of credit, and abandoning the drive to upend the 3-year-old health care law, Washington's attention is turning to spending and the red ink side of the government's ledger. Here are some basic questions about the government's fiscal picture.
Technology has given families a way to hear their loved ones' voices long after they've died, providing them some solace during the grieving process. But like they and so many others have suddenly learned, the voices aren't saved forever. Many people have discovered the voices unwittingly erased as part of a routine service upgrade to voice mail services.
Doctors in Mississippi dissected the nuggets from two national fast-food chains and discovered that they're only 50 percent meat -- at best. Chicken nuggets may be the crispy finger-food favorite of many a young child, but at least in their samples, "chicken" might be a misnomer, the researchers say.
There's a cult following for the game that most of America threw out when video games came along. It's more competitive than ever. And in the eyes of some, it's art.

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