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July 15, 2014
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After his narrow victory in last month's very divisive Republican primary runoff, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is on track to win his re-election this November. However, the actual shape of the electorate now looks very odd, to say the least, as Mississippi is a state where party politics are often drawn sharply along racial lines.

In the new survey from Democratic-aligned firm Public Policy Polling, Cochran leads for the general election with 40 percent of the vote, followed by former Democratic Rep. Travis Childers with 24 percent, and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara with 5 percent — leaving an immense 31 percent of voters saying they are undecided. The poll was conducted from July 10-13, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Quite notably, the poll even shows Cochran with a one-point edge among African-American voters, who typically vote Democratic: Cochran has 37 percent support, and Childers has 36 percent. Among white voters, Cochran has 42 percent, and Childers has 17 percent. Among all voters, Cochran's approval rating is 47 percent, with disapproval at 37 percent; among white voters he is underwater at 40 percent to 46 percent, while black voters now approve of the Republican incumbent by a whopping margin of 59 percent to 20 percent.

Cochran won his GOP runoff with 51 percent of the vote due to an unorthodox strategy of reaching out to the state's African-American community and encouraging them to cross over into the Republican primary in order to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel. Since then, McDaniel has been attempting to contest the outcome, alleging that voter fraud was involved. Among all voters, though, this poll shows 58 percent of respondents saying that Cochran was the rightful winner, compared to 29 percent who are still holding out for McDaniel. Eric Kleefeld

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On Friday, Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo filed a $10 million lawsuit against the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year-old black college student he shot dead on Dec. 26, 2015, along with innocent bystander Bettie Jones, 55. In his suit, a counterclaim against a wrongful-death suit filed by LeGrier's estate, Rialmo claims that LeGrier charged at him with a baseball bat. "There is no question that [Rialmo] suffered very extreme emotional trauma and stress as a result of what Quintonio LeGrier did," says Rialmo's lawyer, Joel A. Brodsky. LeGrier "forced him to shoot," Brodsky said, adding that Rialmo "feels extremely horrible" about killing Jones.

Basileios J. Fourtris, a lawyer for LeGrier's family, said Rialmo's version of events was "pure fantasy." He noted that LeGrier called 911 three times, and was hung up on, before Rialmo arrived, asking, "Why would a kid that called three times asking for police help ever swing a bat at a cop?" "It's a new low for the Chicago Police Department," Foutris added, according to The New York Times. "First you shoot them, then you sue them. It's outrageous." Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Rialmo's legal action is "not a department lawsuit," and Adam Collins, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told The Times that "the city does not support" Rialmo's counterclaim "and is not involved in any way." Peter Weber

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On Monday, rescuers in Tainan, Taiwan, pulled two people out alive from the rubble of a 17-story apartment building that collapsed two days ago following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake.

More than 170 people have been rescued from the building, and 100 are thought to still be buried. Taiwan's Eastern Broadcasting Corp. reports that rescuers heard Tsao Wei-ling cry out "Here I am," and discovered her under the body of her husband. They also found a man in the sixth floor section of the building, and signs of life from a 28-year-old woman and 8-year-old girl trapped in the fifth floor, The Associated Press reports.

The death toll from the quake stands at 36, with 34 dying in the Tainan building. The apartment building was constructed in 1989, and investigators are now looking into whether the developer cut corners, AP says. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2016

Helen Mirren delivered a very important message during Super Bowl 50: Don't drink and drive. In a spot for Budweiser, Mirren said that as a "notoriously frank and uncensored British lady," she wasn't afraid to say that if you drive drunk, you're "utterly useless" and a "selfish coward." "If your brain was donated to science," she continued. "Science would return it." Watch the sobering video below. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2016
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The Denver Broncos won a turnover-filled Super Bowl 50 Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

This is quarterback Peyton Manning's second Super Bowl win. During the first quarter, Brandon McManus of the Broncos made an early field goal, and Malik Jackson followed up with a touchdown. In the second quarter, Jonathan Stewart scored a touchdown for the Panthers, followed by another McManus field goal. McManus had his third field goal of the game during the third quarter, bringing the score to 16-7, but the Panthers earned three points in the fourth quarter after a field goal from Graham Gano. Late in the fourth quarter, C.J. Anderson scored a touchdown for the Broncos. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2016

Two very different Doritos ads aired during Super Bowl 50 — one featuring feisty dogs just trying to get their paws on some chips, the other a Dorito-loving fetus being taunted by its father.

Both videos were finalists in the brand's Crash the Super Bowl contest. Over the past nine years, Doritos has given fans the opportunity to create 30-second videos, with the winning one airing during the big game. Doritos says thousands of videos have been submitted since the contest started, and now, in its final year, the winner will receive $1,000,000. That could pay for a whole lot of Doritos. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2016

Beyonce dropped her new single "Formation" on Saturday, and fans were able to listen to it live for the first time during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The performance — complete with a Beyonce army and a uniform inspired by Michael Jackson's 1993 Super Bowl attire — then shifted gears, and Beyonce paired up with Bruno Mars for a mashup and dance off. Watch the performance below. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2016

For the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Coldplay called in a few friends to help rock Levi's Stadium. After playing a medley of hits, the band stepped aside to let Bruno Mars perform "Uptown Funk" and Beyonce and crew steal the show with "Formation." The show ended with everyone joining forces to sing together, fireworks, and a special message in the stands. Catherine Garcia

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