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This year's World Happiness Report doesn't have too many surprises — Scandinavian countries occupy many of the smiliest slots. But there's a West African country that's getting rave reviews for its happiness. Togo, which ranked at the very bottom of the 2015 World Happiness Report, comes in this year as the "biggest gainer," the report says. That means Togo is the country with the most-improved level of happiness in the world.

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Two students were injured when another student opened fire at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md., according to the local sheriff. The shooter, identified by the sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital.

Much like health care and higher education in Louisiana, the Department of Corrections is facing deep budget cuts next fiscal year, which would leave them with less money to house inmates. 

WATCH: How A Tick Digs Its Hooks Into You

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Spring is here. Unfortunately for hikers and picnickers enjoying the warmer weather, the new season is prime time for ticks, which can transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

How they latch on — and stay on — is a feat of engineering that scientists have been piecing together. Once you know how a tick's mouth works, you understand why it's impossible to simply flick a tick.

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03/20/2018: The potential costs of a drug coupon

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(U.S. Edition) The U.K.-based data firm Cambridge Analytica continues to be embroiled in scandal. We'll look at how investors are reacting to reports that it used Facebook data to manipulate voters on behalf of the Trump campaign, and then talk about the release of a video showing Cambridge's CEO claiming his company was able to entrap foreign politicians. Plus: A look at why some states are pushing back against pharmaceutical coupons for branded drugs. 

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