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Heavy Clashes Erupt In Syrian Capital Heavy Clashes Erupt In Syrian Capital
BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy fighting erupted in Damascus Wednesday as government forces tried to hold back a new rebel effort to push the civil war into the heart of the Syrian capital, activists said. Elsewhere, a car bomb killed at least 19 security officers. The clashes in Damascus were the most intense violence to hit the capital in weeks. The sounds of gunfire and blasts from government shelling of rebel-held areas could be heard in most neighborhoods. Activist videos online showed shell explosions...
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Once-Secret 'Watch List' Of Alleged Polluters Under Review At EPA Once-Secret 'Watch List' Of Alleged Polluters Under Review At EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency's once-secret of allegedly chronic polluters is under review by the EPA's inspector general. The existence of the list was first disclosed by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and NPR in 2011 during a joint investigation of EPA's air pollution regulation. CPI's Jim Morris discovered the list and a CPI/NPR Freedom of Information Act request prompted its public release. Enlarge image i "Poisoned Places," an NPR/Center for Public Integrity...
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Essie Mae Washington-Williams Dies, Mixed Race Child Of Strom Thurmond Essie Mae Washington-Williams Dies, Mixed Race Child Of Strom Thurmond
Enlarge image i Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. Lou Krasky/AP Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. Lou Krasky/AP Author and teacher Essie Mae Washington-Williams died in Columbia, S.C. according to several news reports. Washington-Williams, who was African-American, came to attention in 2003, when she...
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Top Stories: Scouts And Gays; Will Saturday Postal Service End? Top Stories: Scouts And Gays; Will Saturday Postal Service End?
Good morning, here are our early stories: Boy Scouts Debate Accepting Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits. Reports: Postal Service Will Move To Halt Saturday Mail. And here are more early headlines: Quake, Tsunami Strike Solomon Islands. (The Australian) British Lawmakers Back Same Sex Marriage Despite Conservative Opposition. (BBC) Tunisian Leader Who Opposed Islamists Shot Dead Outside His Home. (Los Angeles Times) Bulgaria Suspects Hezbollah In Bombing That Killed Israeli Tourists....
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Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits
Enlarge image i A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images (We updated the top of this post at 10:45 a.m. ET.) The Boy Scouts of America now intends to vote in May about whether its troops should be allowed to accept gay members and leaders, a spokesman says. Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, told reporters Wednesday morning at the...
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Talk Of Zombies Aside, Gun Bills Face Political Reality Talk Of Zombies Aside, Gun Bills Face Political Reality
Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. March 16, 2013 Enlarge image i Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on gun control in Washington, D.C., on March 7. The committee has since passed two bills on guns that are headed to the full Senate. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on gun control in Washington, D.C., on March 7. The committee has since...
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Ted Cruz: From Texas Underdog To Republican Up-And-Comer Ted Cruz: From Texas Underdog To Republican Up-And-Comer
Enlarge image i Texas Republican Ted Cruz, then senator-elect, speaks to reporters before a freshman senators luncheon on Nov. 13. Harry Hamburg/AP Texas Republican Ted Cruz, then senator-elect, speaks to reporters before a freshman senators luncheon on Nov. 13. Harry Hamburg/AP The keynote speaker at Saturday night's closing session of the Conservative Political Action Conference is a 42-year-old Texan who's been a U.S. senator since January. In that short time, Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz has...
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