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Analysts question whether 2012 campaign cash edge matters

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WASHINGTON - After Federal Election Commission's filings this month showed Mitt Romney out-raised President Obama by a whopping $35 million in June, Team Obama flooded donors in-boxes with messages that were notable for their dire tone.
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Eye on Election, Senate Passes Tax Cut Measure

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WASHINGTON - The Senate narrowly approved legislation on Wednesday to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class but to let them lapse for more affluent households, in a surprise vote intended more to give both parties election-year cover than to ...
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For Zynga, a Reversal of Fortune

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SAN FRANCISCO - Zynga, the social-games developer, is withering faster than neglected corn on its signature hit Farmville. A weak second-quarter earnings report and worse expectations for the rest of the year sent Zynga's already-faltering stock down ...
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Rapid Ice Melt in Greenland Baffles Scientists

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AP WASHINGTON—Nearly all of Greenland's massive ice sheet suddenly started melting a bit this month, a freak event that surprised scientists.
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Turkey Shuts Troubled Border as Aleppo Showdown Looms

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At Turkey's Bab al-Hawa border crossing, a Syrian family tries to return home Wednesday, bucking a heavy flow of refugees out of Syria.
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North Korean Leader Marries

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SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's state-run news media on Wednesday ended weeks of speculation about the identity of the poised young woman seen with the country's young leader, Kim Jong-un, at various recent public events, announcing that she is his ...
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Ghanians Question How President's Death Will Impact Elections

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ACCRA - Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died Tuesday at a military hospital in Accra shortly after taking ill. Following a peaceful transition of power on Tuesday, focus is shifting to how the death of Mills will impact the upcoming elections.
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Illinois memorabilia company accused of fraud

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CHICAGO (AP) - A major US memorabilia company improperly jacked up auction prices for some baseball cards and sold hair advertised as belonging to Elvis Presley even though its authenticity was in doubt, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
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Anaheim Cracks Down as Police Shootings Set Off Protests

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Violent protests have stretched on through the week here after unrelated police shootings over the weekend left two men dead, including one who was apparently unarmed.

NTSB: Pilot killed in Nevada crash was low on gas

Sacramento Bee -
AP RENO, Nev. -- A fighter pilot on a Navy training mission told air traffic controllers he was running out of gas before he crashed and died at Fallon Naval Air Station in March.
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EPA declares water in Pa. 'fracking' village safe to drink

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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY The US Environmental Protection Agency today announced it had ended testing of drinking water in a northeastern Pennsylvania community and declared it safe to drink, despite residents' complaints of pollution from natural ...
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US Midwest drought worsens, food inflation to rise

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* Corn bakes despite scattered rain, soybeans on edge * US expands disaster aid to 1369 counties in 31 states * USDA economist says food inflation will rise in coming year By Peter Bohan and Russ Blinch CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - Scattered ...
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Market Lacks Direction As Earnings Are Mixed

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Whipsawed by strong earnings from some companies and weak ones from others, like the once infallible Apple, the stock market lacked direction on Wednesday.
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Big-Bank Pioneer Now Seeks Breakup

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By ES BROWNING and DAVID BENOIT AP Mr. Weill, who built Citigroup Inc. through repeated acquisitions—including the 1998 megadeal that prompted Congress to strike down a six-decade-old ban on commercial banks doing investment banking, and vice versa—on ...
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Romney: America doesn't need new gun laws

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In an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney - who signed an assault weapons ban in Massachusetts as governor -- said that the legislation was a compromise.
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Formats Picked for This Fall's Must See Presidential Debate TV

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By John McCormick After this summer's Olympics and the national political conventions, this fall's presidential and vice presidential debates will offer a little bit of everything for that small slice of the electorate still trying to decide between ...
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Obama Plans Program to Help African-American Students

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By Laura Meckler AP President Barack Obama, second from left, walks over to greet people after arriving at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
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Apple's New System For Mac Borrows From iPhone

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By KATHERINE BOEHRET Mountain Lion is a new app by Apple that makes it easier to link between your various devices. WSJ's Katherine Boehret says some of the features need some polishing but the operating system is ideal for keeping devices in sync and ...
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Apple sags as consumers buy cheaper iPhones

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By Peter Svensson on July 24, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) - More consumers are buying the least expensive iPhones and iPads, a new phenomenon that is causing Apple's breakneck growth rate to slow.
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Microsoft's Surface tablet might cost between $1K and $2K

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Pricing on a Swedish Web site shows that the software giant's much anticipated tablet might cost far more than previously predicted.
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Katherine Jackson: 'I Am Good and Fine'

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By Mike Fleeman Her whereabouts and well-being have been the subject of mystery and debate, but now Katherine Jackson has emerged from what she calls a "short vacation" to find her life turned upside down.
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Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey Files for Divorce

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The actress, who plays the villainous queen Cersei Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, filed for divorce from musician Peter Loughran on July 20, according to court documents filed in LA Superior County Court.
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USA opens with win over France

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An early start to the Olympics turned into an early hole for the US women's soccer team, which gave up two quick goals before unleashing an attack the rest of the world will find hard to stop.
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OLYMPIC GAMES: U.S. men's basketball unbeaten, says not unbeatable

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By Brian Mahoney AP The US men's Olympic basketball team had come to Barcelona and put a 100-78 beating on Spain, the country given the best chance of stopping the Americans' bid for a second straight gold medal.
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Olympic organizers mistakenly display S. Korea flag instead of N. Korea's ...

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Updated 5:54 PM ET (AP) GLASGOW, Scotland - London Olympic organizers mistakenly displayed the South Korean flag on a jumbo screen instead of North Korea's before a women's soccer match Wednesday, prompting the North Koreans to refuse to take the field ...
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Phelps Says Swim Marks to Fall at Games Without High-Tech Suits

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July 26 (Bloomberg) -- Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps says swimming records will be broken at the London Games, even without high-tech suits.
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Antarctic: Grand Canyon-sized rift 'speeding ice melt'

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By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News A rift in the Antarctic rock as deep as the Grand Canyon is increasing ice melt from the continent, researchers say.
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Researchers measure orientation of multiplanet system, find it very similar to ...

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In this artist interpretation, the planet Kepler-30c is transiting one of the large starspots that frequently appear on the surface of its host star.
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Hepatitis outbreak in New Hampshire strikes fear in 7 other states

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(CNN) -- Hospitals in at least eight states want to know how many hundreds or thousands of their patients have come in contact with a lab technician accused of spreading hepatitis C. The man, David Kwiatkowski, has the disease, which can pass through ...
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First person believed to be cured of AIDS gives hope to researchers

Toronto Star -
WASHINGTON—An influential group of scientists gathered this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington is committing to a goal that just five years ago would have seemed ludicrous: to cure HIV.

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