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world lead

May 16th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

Explain this to me: Why India's election matters

(CNN) – Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot. Narendra Modi, the man who will be India's next prime minister promised a toilet in every home.

Considering half of the 1.2 billion people living in India don't have a toilet, that's a pretty big public health platform to live up to.

As Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) puts it: India should build "toilets before temples."

So why should you care?
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national lead

May 16th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

'Unprecedented' wildfires, fierce winds lead to 'firenadoes' in California

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San Marcos, California (CNN) - When Elisha Exon saw towers of smoke looming over her San Marcos, California, home, she knew it was for time to go. The only problem: All the nearby places she'd normally take her family in an emergency were threatened by fire, too.

"You kind of feel like your only safety would be to hop town, completely," she told CNN's "New Day."

The stunning explosion of fires around San Diego County - eight in all, seven still burning - stirred suspicions of arson and sent thousands of people fleeing from their homes beginning Tuesday.

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sports lead

May 16th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Author on Duke lacrosse scandal: There's a lot of evidence 'something untoward happened that night'

(CNN) – Durham has settled a lawsuit filed by members of the Duke University men's 2006 lacrosse team who were exonerated of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer in 2006, the North Carolina city said in a statement Friday.

The city has settled with former players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, who were wrongly accused of a sexual assault at a party.

As part of the settlement, Durham will make a one-time grant of $50,000 to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

"We'll never know," what happened that night, says William Cohan, author of "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities."
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