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Brazil Wins World Cup Opener Against Croatia, 3-1

Thu, 2014-06-12 14:30

After a bad start, Brazil recovered to defeat Croatia in the first game of the iconic soccer competition.

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The Big Numbers Behind Eric Cantor's Failed Primary Bid

Thu, 2014-06-12 14:18

Political action committees poured cash into the House majority leader's campaign, posting big contributions in the final days of the race. Tea Party-backed challenger David Brat was all but ignored.

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4 Key Things To Know About The Islamist Surge In Iraq

Thu, 2014-06-12 13:37

The extremist Sunni group ISIS has taken several cities and is threatening to take more. But the triumphs have come in Sunni areas and the fighting will get much harder if ISIS attacks Shiite turf.

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Brain Injuries Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

Thu, 2014-06-12 13:33

When you rent a bike, you usually have to bring your own helmet or go without one. If you ride with your hair flapping in the breeze, your risk for a brain injury goes up.

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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

Thu, 2014-06-12 13:29

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.

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Thai Junta To Foreign Journalists: 'Don't Call It A Coup'

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:42

A spokesman for Thailand's new military regime says that the action by the army last month to topple the elected government "is totally different" from previous coups.

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Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:29

If you have a capable device, no more cords or outlets required to charge your smartphone — not at Starbucks locations, anyway.

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Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades.

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The Majority Leader Has Lost. Long Live The Majority Leader

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

Shortly after Rep. Eric Cantor's surprise defeat in the Republican primary, Cantor announced his plans to step down soon from his position as House majority leader. This will leave a void in the GOP leadership, an open spot that's sure to attract plenty of interest.

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As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

Grave questions face the Iraqi government, and U.S. officials are scrambling to decide what to do. The U.S. helped shape the country; is there anything it can — or would — do to keep it together?

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As Militants Sweep South Across Iraq, A View From The North

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

A shift in power is underway in Iraq, where the jihadi group ISIS has captured several cities in a recent offensive. Jane Arraf is a reporter for Al Jazeera America, and she comments on the violence.

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Facebook Announces Plans To Sell More User Data To Advertisers

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

Facebook will share users' Web browsing habits with advertisers in order to help the latter target their ads more effectively. At the same time, Facebook announced a feature that allows users to see why targeted ads are coming their way.

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On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers

Thu, 2014-06-12 12:01

The accident that seriously injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian has focused attention on truck driving safety. New regulations limited the amount of overnights truckers could work, but the trucking industry and its congressional allies are trying to roll back the limits.

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Pentagon Says Bergdahl En Route To Texas

Thu, 2014-06-12 10:24

The U.S. Army sergeant held hostage for five years in Afghanistan has left a hospital in Germany aboard a U.S. military plane destined for San Antonio, Tex.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thu, 2014-06-12 10:11

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Coldblooded, Warmblooded Mix

Thu, 2014-06-12 10:03

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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Ex-'Times' Editor Jill Abramson To Teach At Harvard

Thu, 2014-06-12 10:01

The former executive editor of The New York Times, whose sudden dismissal sent shock waves through the media world, will teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

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Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

Thu, 2014-06-12 09:15

The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic A Raisin in the Sun died Wednesday. She was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her work in American Gangster.

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Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise

Thu, 2014-06-12 09:14

Public health officials have dreamed of getting cigarette use down to 16 percent of teens, and that day has come. But some are turning to hookahs and electronic cigarettes, so the news isn't all good.

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Facebook Ad Targeting Will Use Even More Of Your Data

Thu, 2014-06-12 09:14

It will start drawing on Web browsing data to determine what ads users see, while allowing them to edit their own data profiles. Privacy advocates say the changes put too much burden on consumers.

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