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Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:55

What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.

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House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:35

While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.

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Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:23

Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.

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Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:18

North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts. A judge will soon decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed.

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Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:03

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.

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Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:38

He worked for The Tennessean and took leave to assist Robert F. Kennedy in the White House and during the senator's 1968 presidential campaign. He later helped shape USA Today.

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In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:37

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.

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By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:10

Israeli air strikes have flattened Gazan homes, even as they target Hamas militants. One Palestinian human rights advocate says that, with these attacks, Israel is destroying a safe future for itself.

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Health Officials Push HIV Prevention Pills

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:10

The World Health Organization has announced a sweeping new guideline, recommending that all men who have sex with mean take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection.

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Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:10

Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in talks about a merger. For Reynolds, the move would mean doubling down on the future of e-cigarettes.

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Among Israelis, Pressure Swells To Commence Ground War In Gaza

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:10

One of the first serious hits by a Hamas rocket has left a gas station burning — and one Israeli badly injured — as Israel ramps up talk of a Gaza ground invasion. But that carries a lot of downsides.

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Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Fri, 2014-07-11 12:01

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.

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New Guidelines For Gay Men: A Daily Anti-HIV Pill

Fri, 2014-07-11 11:44

The World Health Organization strongly recommends that men who have sex with men consider a daily pill that would prevent HIV infection. That seems like a drastic measure — but is it?

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WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

Fri, 2014-07-11 11:11

The largest school of the tiny fish seen in 30 years was spotted earlier this week off La Jolla, Calif.

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U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives

Fri, 2014-07-11 09:44

The hard drives contained information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. At the time, the White House distanced itself from the U.K. government's actions.

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Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego

Fri, 2014-07-11 09:40

The practice came under fire last week, when opponents prevented two buses holding detained migrants from entering a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, Calif.

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If Exercise Is Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow

Fri, 2014-07-11 09:19

The idea that sacrificing at the gym entitles us to a reward seems to be embedded in our collective thinking. Researchers set out to test how this affects how we eat after a workout.

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It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Fri, 2014-07-11 08:52

This summer, Kenyan artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.

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Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk

Fri, 2014-07-11 08:38

People who have survived a suicide attempt often have trouble finding a place to talk about suicide risk or a way to help others. So they are going public with their experiences.

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LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, 2014-07-11 08:33

The NBA star will play for the Cavaliers next season. He opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami.

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