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  • $60M for a High School Football Stadium? (ABC News)
    To say that football is a big deal in Texas is a bit like saying it snows in Alaska.

    "There's a long tradition in both film and novels of how important high school football is in Texas," said Tom Palaima, a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and a former representative of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, a faculty organization that monitors sports expenditures on college campuses.

    Friday Night Lights, anyone?

    Still, it's hard to imagine that a high school would invest $59.6 million in its football stadium. But that's precisely the cost of the sparkling new Eagle stadium at Allen High School, in Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb. The stadium - which boasts a video scoreboard, artificial turf, a multi-level press box, a weight room, a wrestling room and seats for 18,000 - opened Thursday with a pep rally and introduction of the 2012 team. The new season begins on Aug. 31.

    While students and their parents seem to be thrilled with it,

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  • Missouri Troopers Escort Driver in Runaway Car

    An Iowa woman driving on Interstate 35 in Missouri on Sunday had the accelerator in her 2011 Kia Sorrento become stuck, leaving her barreling down the highway at more than 100 MPH, police said.

    Lori Ubelstad, who police said was in her 40s, told police that she initially called her husband to ask for guidance when she realized her car was speeding out of control and her brakes weren't working. But her husband's suggestions didn't work, so she dialed 911.

    The 911 operator contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol and two troopers were sent to help. One trooper started trailing the runaway car while the other trooper managed traffic in front of the vehicle.

    The 911 operator was feeding her advice from State Highway Patrol officers the entire time, but nothing she tried worked. Police said her brakes burned out and her gearbox failed and she couldn't remove the key because the car uses a push to start ignition.

    "Every [steering wheel] correction is more subtle when you are going

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  • Jennifer VasilakosBeanie Babies, the hot collector's item in the 1990s, became very valuable to one lucky woman.

    After a chance encounter she had with the manufacturer's owner, Ty Warner, Jennifer Vasilakos now has a greater chance of surviving a life-threatening kidney disorder.

    Warner, the Beanie Babies billionaire mogul of Ty Inc., got lost in on July 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and pulled into the parking lot of a local festival to ask for directions.

    "He'd rolled up in his nondescript car, while I was fundraising at the French Festival. He was lost and needed directions. I often get asked by random strangers for directions. Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation," Vasilakos wrote on her blog.

    Vasilakos was in the parking lot raising money for the stem cell treatment she so desperately needed to recover her kidney function and come off dialysis, she said on her fundraising website.

    Vasilakos' kidneys failed last year (doctors still

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    Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen soldier's mother

    A $5 flea market find surprises a mother whose son was killed in Iraq nine years ago.

  • Top Obama Aide Concerned by Impeachment Threats
    Top Obama Aide Concerned by Impeachment Threats

    Dan Pfeiffer, a top aide to President Obama, said that the White House is taking the threat of a possible impeachment attempt by Republicans seriously.  “I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off,” Pfeiffer told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “I would not discount that possibility. I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some in the future.” Pfeiffer's comments come days after the House took steps to move forward with Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against the President for his use of executive authority in delaying the Obamacare mandate.

  • Amazon investors stunned by size of projected loss
    Amazon investors stunned by size of projected loss

    Aaron Pressman and Jeff Macke break down Amazon's latest earnings report

  • Kristin's Balancing Act
    Kristin's Balancing Act

    Emmy and Tony award-winning star Kristin Chenoweth is one busy lady. Her multi-faceted career takes her from the stage to film to TV to her singing career.

  • Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
    Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

    XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.

  • Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA
    Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

    Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. "If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire," said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado. Instead the storm cloud hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, a solar observatory that is "almost ideally equipped to measure the parameters of such an event," NASA said.

  • The Battle For Ukraine
    The Battle For Ukraine

    When Malaysian Flight 17 was shot down over the skies of Ukraine, senselessly killing 298 innocent people, the regional conflict suddenly got the world’s attention. Until now, the situation there has been largely seen as a problem far away. For years, Ukraine has been a nation divided between citizens who consider themselves Russian in the eastern part of the country, even speaking Russian, and citizens who identify as Ukrainian in the west.

  • Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss
    Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

    Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday ...

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