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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:07

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes

Thu, 2014-07-17 04:51

It's the second plane in recent days that Kiev says was downed by a missile fired from Russian territory — the strongest accusation to date of Moscow's direct involvement in the separatist conflict.

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Microsoft Will Cut As Many As 18,000 Jobs

Thu, 2014-07-17 04:32

A large layoff is under way at Microsoft, as the technology company says it will cut 13,000 jobs in the next six months. All but 500 of those layoffs are related to the Nokia phone division.

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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Thu, 2014-07-17 04:13

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

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The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections)

Thu, 2014-07-17 03:09

Yes, Republicans plan to use technology to get out voters in the midterms much like President Obama used it in 2012. But he was Sputnik to their planned moon landing, an official said.

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Mortars Rock A Shaky 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel

Thu, 2014-07-17 02:51

Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. But the peace was marred by a mortar attack around noon.

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Israel, Hamas Begin Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Thu, 2014-07-17 00:36

The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza. The latest round of fighting is in its 10th day.

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Palestinian-American Teen Beaten In Mideast Returns Home To Florida

Thu, 2014-07-17 00:26

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities, returned home to Florida late Wednesday. He says he will never think of freedom in the same way again.

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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Wed, 2014-07-16 23:34

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank

Wed, 2014-07-16 23:32

Journalist Paul Salopek's journey from Africa to South America takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where he notes the physical beauty of the landscape stands in stark contrast with violence there.

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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Wed, 2014-07-16 23:31

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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Gunmen Temporarily Shut Down Kabul Airport

Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00

Kabul Police Chief Mohammed Zahir Zahir later said four of the attackers were killed and that the attack was halted without any civilian or police casualties.

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Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia

Wed, 2014-07-16 16:02

President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.

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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:52

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:07

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:39

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:33

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:54

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.

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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:45

Ever try shopping on your smartphone and decide you don't want to put in your credit card number? Visa says it's a big problem and came up with a tool that combines improved security and convenience.

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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:11

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.

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