Day in 10: August 13, 2013

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Attorney General Eric Holder has big plans to shake up mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug crimes. Learn all about it in today's Big Story.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker via Wikimedia Commons.

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker is poised to win the Democratic primary election today in the race to fill an empty Senate seat left by Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

Booker's opponents include Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. and Rush D. Holt, and State Assembly speaker, Sheila Y. Oliver. On the Republican side are former Bogota, N.J. Mayor Steven M. Lonegan and Alieta Eck, a doctor.

The winner of the Democratic primary is strongly favored to take the Senate seat.

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"I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland."

- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, apologizing for naming the country where she says she encountered racism recently at a high-end boutique.

Why did she apologize? It seems Winfrey wants to make it clear that her experience does not signify a nation-wide problem, but merely an individual incident.

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On Sunday, diminutive comedian Kevin Hart posted a photo of himself posing with NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.

Me & my man "Shaq" chilling backstage..... #HisFaceDidntMakeThePhoto #iToldHisBigAssToSitDown #TheseIsAmessageToAllTallPeople #TheyGoneLearnToday #ShaqDressesLikeaPreachersBestFriend

Today, we get to see the complete picture.

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65 85- That's how many feet baseball fan Ronald Homer fell from a Turner Field upper deck during Monday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Homer was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries.

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Mali - The West African nation is where Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was elected president after his opponent, Soumaila Cisse, conceded defeat late Monday.

Keita's election marks an important new beginning for the country which, over the last 18 months, has seen a seen a great deal of upheaval, including a coup, an al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist takeover, a French-led military intervention and the arrival of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

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Antitrust. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit today aiming to prevent the corporate merger between American Airlines parent company AMR Corp and U.S. Airways Group Inc. -- which would create he world's largest airline -- claiming the merger violates federal antitrust regulations.

Antitrust laws are designed to promote competition among companies and prevent monopolies.

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After more than a month of separation, panda cub Yuan Zai reunited with her mother Yuan Yuan at Taipei Zoo.

The cub, born July 6, was taken from her mother and placed in an incubator soon after her birth due to a slight injury.

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Referencing the film Mean Girls, in which one of the characters uses the slang word "fetch" as a synonym for "cool," the White House tweeted this adorable photo of Bo Obama in the Oval office today. And Twitter went nuts.

CONTROVERSY

Pro-bullying commercial? According to several angry parents, a back-to-school-themed commercial for American retailer J.C. Penney promotes bullying by suggesting that if a kid doesn't wear the right clothes, he/she will be ostracized at school.

What do you think? Take a look and decide for yourself.

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Synthetic meat. It might sound gross, but scientists seem to think it could save the planet. That's right: the top culprit in destroying the environment, they say, is meat consumption. Simply put, less cattle equals less damage to the environment. And, now that they've developed a "test tube burger" -- which uses stem cells from a dead cow -- we're that much closer to a cleaner planet.

Here's how they do it:

Bonus: LIFEHACK

Before you delete that blurry photo from your digital camera or smartphone, try these handy-dandy editing techniques to see if it's salvageable.

Images used under Creative Commons licensing, including icons from The Noun Project.

Rachel Kleinman

Rachel has a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the independent student newspaper, The Cardozo Jurist. Previously, Rachel was an associate editor at YourTango.com. She grew up in Highland Park, N.J., and currently lives in Brooklyn with her cat Fisher, named for the Fisher family on HBO's “Six Feet Under.” Follow: @rak0319.

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