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Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:45

Iran reportedly nominated a diplomat with ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. It's the latest sign of how hard it will be for the U.S. and Iran to overcome decades of mistrust.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:40

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:03

Twenty years after his death, Nirvana's music — and tributes to and fights over it — remains a steady presence. Here's a taste.

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Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Fri, 2014-04-04 22:33

No major violence has been reported since polls opened Saturday, in elections that may result in the nation's first democratic transfer of power.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Drone Strikes That Killed Americans

Fri, 2014-04-04 14:41

Nasser Al-Awlaki sued U.S. officials over the killing of three Americans including his son in Yemen. The judge said the suit raises fundamental constitutional questions but there's no easy answer.

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Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Fri, 2014-04-04 13:49

Officials here adopted the education standards early and could make Oklahoma the second state to repeal them. The battle pits allies against each other: Conservative Republicans and business leaders.

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You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad

Fri, 2014-04-04 13:34

A new ad featuring Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is part of an effort to rebrand the Republican Party — and end its reputation as "the party of no."

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McDonald's Shuts Its Restaurants In Crimea

Fri, 2014-04-04 13:26

The fast food chain cited the "evolving situation" for a decision to close its restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.

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Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:49

Employment and wages are increasing, along with hopes for more consumer spending, analysts say.

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In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:45

While it appears the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was different in many ways from what occurred Wednesday, the latest attack is drawing attention again to security measures there.

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Authorities: Fort Hood's Shooter's Mental Health Not 'Precipitating Factor'

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:32

Authorities said an argument may have led to the shooting rampage. The family of Spc. Iván López issued a statement saying they were troubled and surprised by his alleged actions.

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Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:30

Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, water is flowing to 35 million people in both countries along the Colorado River Delta. At least for now.

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Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:07

The restaurant at the center of a lawsuit involving celebrity chef Paula Deen has closed. Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., surprised employees by handing out final paychecks Thursday. Deen owned the eatery with her brother Bubba Hiers. A 2012 lawsuit accused the two of sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

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In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:07

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent.

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Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:49

More than three months have passed since the long-term unemployed saw their federal jobless benefits cut off abruptly. One Michigan woman is looking for work while watching for congressional action.

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It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:46

The new CEO of Mozilla was forced to step down amid controversy over his anti-gay-marriage donation in 2008. How much should the public judge chief executives for their private views?

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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:24

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.

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Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:16

The secretary of state says both Israel and the Palestinians need to "spend some time thinking about making some very difficult decisions."

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