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California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Tue, 2014-07-15 19:16

Residents will have to pay for wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down driveways and and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle.

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Highway Bill As Establishment Vs. Tea Party, Chapter 943

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:46

The same groups that pushed for tactics that resulted in a government shutdown in 2013 urged a "no" vote on a short-term highway bill Tuesday.

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FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:28

Heavy traffic to the FCC's commenting site crashed it on Tuesday. That was the original deadline for the public to weigh in on a controversial Internet proposal. You now have until Friday to comment.

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Apple Teams Up With Former Rival IBM On Business Apps

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:09

The companies announced a deal Tuesday to sell Apple devices loaded with IBM software to big businesses all over the world

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Temporary Fix For Highway Money Is Well-Traveled Road

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:42

If kicking the can down the road were a competitive sport, the championship trophy would never leave Washington. A short-term fix for highway spending is just the latest contribution.

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The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:29

The Gaza Strip has sustained more than 1,500 Israeli airstrikes. A family with no apparent ties to Hamas lost one of two sons last week; the mother and father died in similar attacks six years ago.

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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:24

Deaths from stroke are dropping too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet. Diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules

Tue, 2014-07-15 14:10

In a case sent back by the Supreme Court last year, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the university's use of race as a factor in admissions is acceptable. Plaintiffs have vowed to appeal.

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A Peacock Murder Mystery: (Pea)Fowl Play In California

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:16

The boisterous birds are a familiar sight in an upscale community near LA, but in recent years they've become a source of conflict. Now, someone is killing them — 20 in the past six months alone.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:08

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO

Tue, 2014-07-15 13:02

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are now members of the EU and NATO, but they have painful memories of the Soviet occupation. The Baltic states are asking for a bigger NATO presence in their countries.

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Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:52

Yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil is the key ingredient in a "paleo ale" from a Virginia brewery. Like many scientific innovations, the idea came about late one night over a pint.

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With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:21

Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington, D.C., after meeting the Iranian foreign minister about nuclear negotiations. The deadline for a deal limiting Iran's nuclear program is Sunday, but it might be extended.

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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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