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A Brief Lull Shatters In Gaza, As Cease-Fire Falls Apart

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

An attempt at a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has broken down. Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire, and Israel renewed its campaign of air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

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Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill, delivering her semi-annual economic report to Congress. Yellen expressed concern that labor force participation remains weak and that there's been a lack of progress in the housing sector.

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A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Iraq chose a new speaker of its parliament today — a small step that the U.S. has been urging it to take toward ending the crisis there. But many say it's far from the overhaul that's needed.

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Vargas, Journalist And Immigration Activist, Is Detained In Texas

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented Filipino immigrant, has been detained at a Border Patrol station.

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House GOP Counters Obama's Request By Promising Own Proposal

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

House Republicans have resisted granting President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency immigration funds. Now, they're crafting a package of their own to respond to the crisis at the border.

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Bloated In Budget And Absent At Airshow, F-35 Charts A Troubled Course

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to be combat-ready next year. But the aircraft, which is already over-budget, failed to show up at the International Air Show in the UK. The show was to be its big overseas debut. Christopher Werth looks at what this means for the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

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California Rolls Out Statewide Restrictions On Water Use

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

California is set to impose mandatory water restrictions Tuesday. Urban water users will be prohibited from spraying down pavement, watering landscaping in a way that causes runoff and running fountains that do not re-circulate their water.

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How Congress Is Turning To A Finesse Of Wording In Highway Payments

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Lawmakers looking for ways to patch a hole in the Highway Trust Fund have zeroed in on a budget gimmick called "pension smoothing." Visitors outside the nation's capital say it has a nice ring to it — until they find out what it really means.

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Why Some Politicians Turn Down Free Money

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:14

Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.

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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:06

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.

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Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested In Utah

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:49

The former chief law enforcement officers face 23 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice and other charges. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert calls it "a black eye" for the state.

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Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:02

The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.

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Why A Village Leader Ordered The Rape Of A 14-Year-Old In India

Tue, 2014-07-15 10:00

Rape is illegal in India. But history and tradition make it hard to enforce the law. And in remote parts, rape of a female relative is still considered fair punishment for a man's crimes.

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In Response To Dwindling Applications, Peace Corps Makes Big Changes

Tue, 2014-07-15 09:01

The Peace Corps has announced that it's streamlining its application process so volunteers won't have to spend hours doing paperwork or wait a year to find out if they're being sent abroad.

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In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

Tue, 2014-07-15 08:13

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.

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Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Tue, 2014-07-15 08:08

The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.

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Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:53

In case you missed it, a customer posted eight minutes of a bleak call with Comcast. His attempt to cancel his cable set a new standard for bad customer service.

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Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:38

Camu camu will soon dethrone açai — an Amazonian berry that's made its mark in the crowded health food market. Or so its promoters are claiming. We asked NPR's Brazil bureau to investigate.

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In Worst Attack In Years, 89 Afghans Killed By Suicide Bomber

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:36

The attack occurred Tuesday morning near a market in the eastern province of Paktika. At a time of political uncertainty, deadly attacks are taking place on a near-daily basis.

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Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort'

Tue, 2014-07-15 06:55

The Justice Department's settlement with Citigroup offers $2.5 billion for "consumer relief." Critics say it will do nothing for those hurt most by the foreclosure crisis: people who lost their homes.

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