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Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years. This week, paleontologists carefully transported the last and largest section to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Ravens Fans Line Up To Trade In Ray Rice Jerseys At Stadium

It reportedly took more than an hour to get through the line around the Baltimore stadium. ESPN is reporting on what it calls "a pattern of misinformation and misdirection" by the team and the NFL.

Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle

San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics.

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Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.

Increased Security Measures After Man Jumps Fence, Enters White House

The Secret Service is looking into how a Texas man was able to breach the White House's security Friday. The man scaled a fence and opened a door to the residence before being arrested.

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Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.

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Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

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Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.

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Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

National Republican Party officials encouraged 2014 candidates to launch positive ads targeting women. One for a House candidate from Minnesota touts an annual charity walk he does in pink heels.

Up2Us: Trauma-Sensitive Coaching Transforms Urban Youth Sports

September 20, 2014
Beyond the Ball's core values include teamwork, perseverence and respect. (Karen Given/Only A Game)

As sports budgets are slashed, especially in urban school districts, an organization is stepping in to help with training and coaches. Only A Game’s Karen Given highlights Up2Us.

Elissa Ely: Talking Sports … Or Not

September 20, 2014
(Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Commentator Elissa Ely: “Sports are his life, we always talk about them, but not today.”

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 20, 2014
With this punt return TD on Thursday Night Football, Devin Hester set the NFL's all-time return TD record with 20. Atlanta blew out Tampa Bay 56-14. (

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss a Thursday Night Football smackdown, the top World Series contenders, and a roller-coaster renege involving LeBron James.

‘No No’ Chronicles Odd No-Hitter — And A Fascinating Man

September 20, 2014
Dock Ellis reached the All-Star game in 1971 -- the same year the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series (AP Photo)

Dock Ellis famously pitched a no-hitter after he dropped LSD. But, as filmmaker Jeffrey Radice shows in his new documentary, there was much more to the story of the former Pirates All-Star. Radice and Tom Reich — Ellis’ longtime agent — join Bill Littlefield.

Golf’s Mystery: Where Is Anthony Kim?

September 20, 2014
Anthony Kim recorded 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA tour between 2008 and 2011. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

After recording 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour from 2008 to 2011, Anthony Kim hasn’t played a tournament in more than two years. And he’s a got a big reason to stay on the couch. Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck tried to find out what happened to Kim.

Ups And Downs With The Oakland A’s

September 20, 2014
The Oakland A's had a five-game lead in the AL West but currently sit more than 10 games behind the LA Angels. (Thearon W. Enderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland A’s had the best record in baseball as recently as Aug. 15. But since then the team has played well under .500. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser joins Bill Littlefield to assess the team’s chances this postseason.

A Crisis Management Expert Reviews The NFL

September 20, 2014
Crisis management expert Gene Grabowski believes the NFL should be more proactive in its handling of the domestic abuse scandal. (Elsa / Getty Images)

The NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals have created a public relations nightmare for the league. Gene Grabowski of the communications firm Levick says Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday made things worse. Grabowski joins Bill Littlefield to discuss what the NFL needs to do to address the ongoing controversy.

A Critical Look At The NFL And Domestic Violence

September 20, 2014
Baltimore Ravens fans stand in line to exchange the jersey of Ray Rice, who is recorded on video knocking out his then-fiance. (Patrick Smtih/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated special features writer Jeff Benedict says the NFL has an ‘antiquated playbook’ when dealing with domestic violence and abuse. Benedict speaks with Bill Littlefield.

Week In Review: Casino Decision, Test Scores, Governor’s Race

September 19, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

We ask our panelists about the casino deal for Everett, the latest MCAS test scores and a check-in on politics from Scott Brown and Jean Shaheen to Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker.

US Men Falling Away From The Workforce

September 19, 2014
Carpenters measuring exterior sheathing at a construction site. (Getty Images)

In 1954, almost 98 percent of American men of prime working age were employed, compared to 88 percent in 2014.

Reporter: Sunni Tribesmen Key In ISIS Fight

September 19, 2014

Josh Rushing is returning from a reporting trip in Iraq and Syria for Al Jazeera, and says Sunni tribesmen should not be conflated with the militant group ISIS.

Family Of Mass. CIA Contractor Slain In Benghazi May Sue

September 19, 2014
The casket of former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty is carried into the Church of St. Eulalia in Winchester, Mass. in 2012. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and CIA compound when it came under attack by militants in 2012.

Warren, Markey Oppose Syrian Rebel Training

September 19, 2014

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey broke with the president and opposed the request, which was approved by the Senate late Thursday on a 78-22 vote.

Week In The News: Arming Syrian Rebels, Ebola, Scotland Stays In

September 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Harvard Law’s Alan Dershowitz On Democracy’s Compromises

September 18, 2014
Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It is the first in a series of high-profile hearings that will measure congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. (AP)

When confronting terrorism, “how should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?”

Unable To Vote, Scottish Americans Watching Closely From Afar

September 18, 2014
A selection of the British National Newspaper front pages are displayed on September 18, 2014 in London, England. Scots abroad are unable to vote in the Scottish referendum, but are watching closely as the vote unfolds today. ( Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As the vote for Scottish independence unfolds today, Scots in America and Americans of Scottish descent are watching closely.

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