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Joplin tornado animals

More than three weeks after an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, nearly 900 dogs and cats remain sheltered at the Humane Society, most of them unlikely to ever be reunited with their owners.

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Mountain View Middle School last day

Mountain View Middle School closed after 32 years on Friday, June 11, 2011. It marked the event with a Flash Mob dance on school grounds. The East Valley School District is moving toward a kindergarten through eighth grade system and will close the other middle school, East Valley Middle School, in two years.

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Riverfront Park clock tower

Dave Randolph has been the caretaker of the clock at Riverfront Park more than 20 years. The clock recently was stopped for repair but is ticking again. Every week Randolph walks up to the top to wind the 110-year-old mechanism.

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History of the Ridpath Hotel

Col. William Ridpath founded the Ridpath Hotel which opened in 1900. The hotel has been restored twice, after fires in 1902 and 1950. In 1963 the Ridpath Motor Inn was opened on the site of the old Spokane Hotel.

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Pride Mafira

Jim Cahill is vice president of Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics. He was traveling in Africa and met a Frederick Mafira and his son, Pride, who was born without a femur in his leg, which was amputated. Cahill, who lost his own leg in the Coast Guard, invited the father and son to Spokane, where he fit Pride for a leg. In addition, Mafira, is being trained in prosthetic fabrication, which will help him care for Pride as he grows and also provide the father with a trade when he returns to Zimbabwe.

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Lunar eclipse

Different parts of the world experienced a lunar eclipse on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Astronomical calculations confirm that it would be one of the two longest total lunar eclipses of the century. A total of 85 total lunar eclipses, according to the scientists, will be taking place this century of which the longest total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.

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Greece Financial Crisis

As riots engulfed Athens, Greece’s ruling Socialists launched talks to form a coalition government with rival conservatives — even though Prime Minister George Papandreou’s resignation may eventually be the price for a deal.

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B-17 Flying Fortress crashes

A B-17 bomber dating to World War II apparently made an emergency landing today in a cornfield outside Chicago before it was consumed by fire while the seven people aboard escaped uninjured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP)

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Purina Incredible Dog Challenge’s surfing competition

The third annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge’s surfing competition was held in San Diego, Calif. on Friday, June 10, 2011. This premier canine sporting event features dogs competing in a variety of events including dog surfing, dog diving, freestyle flying disc, head-to-head weave poles, Jack Russell hurdle racing and agility.

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Record-breaking heat

This week much of eastern US and other parts of the world have been experiencing hot weather. The mercury climbed into the 90s across half the country Wednesday in a record-breaking blast of August-like heat, forcing schools with no air conditioning to let kids go home early and cities to open cooling centers. And scientists say we had better get used to it.

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Fish cure for asthma in India

Every June, hundreds of thousands of asthma sufferers gather in Hyderabad to swallow live sardines smeared with secret herbs, convinced the ritual will cure them. The two day free treatment by the Goud family, which claims to have received the formula from a Hindu saint 162 years ago

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Deadly Haiti mudslides

Heavy rain hammered southern Haiti for a seventh straight day Tuesday, triggering floods and mudslides and causing houses and shanties in the capital to collapse. The official death toll was 23 but could rise as remnants of the storm lingered.

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Puyehue volcano in Chile erupts

An erupting Chilean volcano sent a towering plume of ash across South America on Monday, forcing thousands from their homes, grounding airline flights in southern Argentina and coating ski resorts with a gritty layer of dust instead of snow.

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Radioactivity on the Spokane Reservation

Uranium ore was blasted out of the Spokane Reservation’s arid hillsides and sold to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The truckloads of radioactive material that rumbled daily through the reservation helped build the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal in the 1950’s. The mines closed 30 years ago, but they’ve left a complex legacy of pride, patriotism and radioactive pollution on the 157,000-acre reservation west of Spokane.

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France D Day Anniversary

U.S. WWII veterans attend a ceremony in honor of the 67th anniversary of D-Day at the Pointe du Hoc in Cricqueville en Bessin, western France, Monday, June 6, 2011. The June, 6, 1944, invasion and ensuing battle for Normandy helped change the course of the war.

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