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Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:03am

The crew — made up of Dutch and Australian experts — were headed toward the debris field when they heard explosions.

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Top Stories: Compromise Reached For VA Programs; Gaza Conflict

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:17am

Also: Inspectors still can't access the plane wreckage in Ukraine; Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of a Cameroon government official; and Sarah Palin debuts a new internet channel.

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The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:12am

After an ice cream sandwich from Wal-Mart was left outside on an 80-degree day and didn't melt, a Cincinnati-area mom questioned what's in it. Wal-Mart said a lot of cream.

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Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:03am

Where the strings in past Horse Feathers songs provided chamber-folk shading, here they're employed with energy, even aggression, without sacrificing the bracing beauty for which the band is known.

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Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:42am

The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon.

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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:21am

Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:55am

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:08am

The Rockies won a home game Saturday night, and fans at Coors Field received replicas of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's jersey. But the shirts misspelled his last name.

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Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:00am

The assembly speaker takes over for the senate president pro tem, who takes over for the lieutenant governor, because they all have other obligations during Gov. Jerry Brown's trade trip to Mexico.

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Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:54am

Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

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Ukraine Update

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The U.S. released satellite photos that it says show rocket fire from Russian territory striking Ukrainian military targets. International investigators are staying away from the MH17 debris field out of concern for their safety.

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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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Last Word

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer have today's last word in business.

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Business News

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Renee Montagne has this morning's business news.

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New God's 'Firework,' Celebrating Childhood Joys Of Summer

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Brothers Kenny and Curt Thompkins were inspired to record an album in a racquetball court after hearing the acoustics there last year. The result appears in their new album, out this week.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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