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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

Fri, 2014-05-23 12:16

Castro would take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development at a time when the nation's housing market has been treading water.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor For Housing Post

Fri, 2014-05-23 12:03

The president nominates Julian Castro as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, replacing Shaun Donovan, who would become budget director.

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California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

Fri, 2014-05-23 12:01

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit

Fri, 2014-05-23 11:42

A new bill passed by Congress would award Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment the Congressional Gold Medal, which has been presented to the Navajo Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airmen and other units.

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530 Years After Death, Richard III To Be Reburied In Leicester

Fri, 2014-05-23 10:36

Descendants of the king had sued to block his burial in Leicester Cathedral, arguing his roots were in York. But a court ruled Friday his remains can stay in the city where they were found in 2012.

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Boehner Reaches Out To The Tea Party — Or Trolls Them

Fri, 2014-05-23 10:31

Some elements of the Tea Party would like to see John Boehner ousted from his position as House speaker. Even so, Boehner insists there isn't much difference between the Tea Party and Republicans.

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Seeking A Boost: Italy To Include Cocaine Sales In GDP Numbers

Fri, 2014-05-23 09:56

In an attempt to improve Italy's debt ratio, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says the country will include illegal drug sales and prostitution when it figures its gross domestic product.

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Detroit Federal Judge OKs Rep. John Conyers For Primary

Fri, 2014-05-23 09:36

The court overturned a decision by Michigan's secretary of state declaring the congressman ineligible because of problems with his nominating petitions.

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Guideline Is No Guarantee Insurers Will Pay For Pill To Prevent HIV

Fri, 2014-05-23 09:26

Truvada, an AIDS drug, is expensive, with an annual price tag of at least $10,000. High copayments are a real possibility for people, even those whose insurance covers use of the drug for prevention.

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Reports: Clippers Owner Sterling Agrees To Sell Team

Fri, 2014-05-23 09:01

Donald Sterling has agreed to let his wife negotiate a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to reports. Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for making racist remarks.

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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

Fri, 2014-05-23 08:42

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.

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Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

Fri, 2014-05-23 08:28

Astronomers say an all-new meteor shower could put on a show for much of the U.S., starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. The Camelopardalids shower is named after the giraffe constellation.

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Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:40

People don't think about mental illnesses as life-threatening, once you exclude suicide. But a review of almost 2 million people finds that common problems like postpartum depression take a toll.

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Is The Tea Party Finished?

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:39

Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.

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We Look Amazing In These Gowns

Fri, 2014-05-23 06:23

Animator Steve Cutts brings to life part of Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's commencement address. You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

Fri, 2014-05-23 05:28

A 1-year-old boy who apparently was looking for his mother climbed out onto a window ledge. People in the street below noticed and sprang into action.

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Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

Fri, 2014-05-23 04:33

The WTO has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban keeping pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into Europe. The ban was brought on moral grounds, the EU says.

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Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

Fri, 2014-05-23 04:00

Activists say that after the attack, warplanes dropped leaflets with a message to rebels: "You have 10 hours to surrender: either leave your arms and return to the bosom of the nation, or go to hell."

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Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

After meeting with leaders of the ousted government Friday, the army detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The junta has installed several rules aimed at keeping public order.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Fri, 2014-05-23 03:37

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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