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Strike Averted On Nation's Largest Commuter Rail Line

Thu, 2014-07-17 09:11

Unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers had threatened to go out on strike Sunday, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters. But a deal was reached Thursday.

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CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths

Thu, 2014-07-17 08:31

Rodney O'Neal, CEO of Delphi Automotive, says the ignition switch was redesigned according to GM specifications. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged, "It's our responsibility."

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She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Thu, 2014-07-17 08:02

Meklit Hadero was born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S. She's a folk-jazz artist who's been likened to Joni Mitchell. And she brings East African musicians together to share their beats.

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Malaysian Jet That Crashed In Ukraine May Have Been Shot Down

Thu, 2014-07-17 07:55

A U.S. official has told NPR that a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying nearly 300 people was likely shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

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After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America

Thu, 2014-07-17 07:29

Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will carry Cap's shield. He's the second African-American to take on the iconic role. Also this week, Marvel announced that Thor will be female.

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Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:44

Researchers who looked at two years of records from the Manhattan district attorney's office found that race was a significant factor in determining how prosecutors resolved cases.

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California Bank Robbery Ends In Violent And Deadly Car Chase

Thu, 2014-07-17 06:14

"The suspects had massive amounts of ammunition either taped to or strapped to their bodies," says the police chief of Stockton, Calif. Two suspects and one hostage died.

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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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A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins

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 is now over, and attacks have resumed.

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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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