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U.S. Officials Believe That Malaysian Airliner Was Shot Down By Missile

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:09

U.S. officials are saying that the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down by a missile. Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times explains.

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The UN In Gaza: A Glimpse Of The Ground Invasion Firsthand

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:57

To learn more about the Israeli ground invasion in Gaza, Audie Cornish turns to Robert Turner, who's in Gaza City. Turner is director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

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As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:41

Several hundred protests will begin Friday in cities across the country, as activists rail against the Obama administration's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.

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Israel Launches A Ground Campaign Against Hamas In Gaza

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:41

According to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Defense Force has been instructed to begin a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip.

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Months From Water Crisis, Leaking W.Va. Tanks Are Demolished

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

As Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, Freedom Industries is demolishing the site responsible for the leak that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians early in 2014.

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Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The White House's request for more funds on immigration could get a congressional vote soon. Meanwhile, the border crisis is complicating Obama's plan to take unilateral action to ease deportations.

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What Brought Down The Malaysian Airliner?

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Shortly after news broke that a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, suspicions began to swirl that the plane had been shot down.

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Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Delphi, the company that made the defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles, has stayed out of the harsh glare in the recall scandal. But that changed Thursday, as Delphi's CEO joined GM CEO Mary Barra and GM's top lawyer for a grilling on Capitol Hill.

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Malaysian Airliner Crashes In Eastern Ukraine

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. It's unclear why it crashed, but the Ukrainian president is calling for an investigation.

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Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The Senate has voted to reauthorize terrorism risk insurance, to help businesses stay solvent in the event of attacks. The bill faces a tougher road in the House, where some Republicans want to reduce the potential price tag for taxpayers.

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Microsoft Announces Largest Job Cut In Its History

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Microsoft plans to eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs over the next year — about 14 percent of its global workforce. The cuts would be the largest in the company's history. Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's mobile phone business, which boosted its head count by 25,000 and most of the cuts will be in that area.

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To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.

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A Brief History Of Civilian Planes That Have Been Shot Down

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:04

It's rare, but commercial flights do come under fire. In fact, the Ukrainian army accidentally downed a Russian civilian plane with a missile during a military exercise in Crimea in 2001.

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Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:49

Escalating its conflict with Hamas, Israel began shelling the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, clearing the way for ground troops. Israel is targeting tunnels Hamas uses to attack its territory.

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The Modern American Man, Charted

Thu, 2014-07-17 10:54

By some measures, not much has changed for the American male in the past few decades — girls still do better in school and men still make more money. In other areas, the differences are profound.

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Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Thu, 2014-07-17 10:49

Sierra Sandison couldn't imagine how she would hide an insulin pump during beauty pageants. So she decided to show it off for the Miss Idaho pageant. She won. Type 1 diabetics say they won, too.

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Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died

Thu, 2014-07-17 10:34

Elaine Stritch, whose talent led to a substantial career on Broadway and in cabarets, died today at age 89. She had been living in her native Michigan, where she moved last year from New York.

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Florida Court Overturns State's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Thu, 2014-07-17 10:02

The case applies only in Monroe County, which includes Key West, and will almost certainly be appealed. But a similar case is pending in Miami.

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Feeling The Heat, Burning The Suits: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00

The Ebola treatment center in Kailahun is the largest ever built, with 64 beds. A visit reveals the toll on the staff — and how much of the Ebola-fighting budget literally goes up in smoke.

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Wildfire In Washington State Threatens Hundreds Of Homes

Thu, 2014-07-17 09:28

Firefighters have yet to contain the blaze in the central part of the state. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire is burning through heavy timber and sent a plume of smoke 25,000 feet into the air.

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