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Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument at Capitol must come down

Oklahoma's court says the monument violates the state's ban on using public property to benefit a religion

Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended... Read more »

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Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where... Read more »

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First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn

Some lucky Girl Scouts got the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn. Read more »

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Religious colleges on edge over tax, Pell Grant status after gay marriage ruling

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Sweeping implications of rulling may have been signaled in Kennedy's decision and oral arguments exchange. Read more »

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Judge rejects motion, clearing way for Steven Powell trial next week

A Washington judge on Tuesday rejected a motion by Steven Powell to throw out the 2011 search of his Puyallup, Washington, home by West Valley police and all the evidence seized because of it,... Read more »

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Report: Border Patrol should add 350 internal investigators

A Homeland Security advisory panel is recommending that Customs and Border Protection more than double the number of internal affairs investigators. Read more »

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Statue of white supremacist, former SC governor vandalized

Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a statue of a segregationist South Carolina governor as the state grapples with heightened tension over Confederate symbols in the wake of a massacre... Read more »

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Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of... Read more »

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California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland... Read more »

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First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options

Michelle Obama is telling students a high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option. Read more »

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Source: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escapes

The superintendent at the northern New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave,... Read more »

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CIA failing to recruit and promote minorities, study finds

The CIA director says his agency has done a poor job of hiring and promoting minorities, and that lack of diversity is undercutting the spy agency's intelligence mission. Read more »

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Don't blink or you might miss the leap second on Tuesday

Tuesday lasts a wee bit longer — by a second. International timekeepers are tacking a second to the clock to compensate for a slightly slower Earth rotation. Read more »

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O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too. Read more »

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Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds when she arrived at work Tuesday, blocking the view of several dozen rainbow-clad protesters outside her office Morehead, Kentucky. They chanted "do... Read more »

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Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

Pushing past a deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week on Tuesday as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key... Read more »

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Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen

The young college student that murdered 38 tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort was in a jihadi training camp in western Libya at the same time as the two attackers who hit the National Bardo... Read more »

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Journey drummer Deen Castronovo jailed on rape charge

A grand jury has indicted Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on a rape charge. Read more »

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Obama, Brazil's leader seek to move past spying tensions

President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as "natural partners" collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional... Read more »

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GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns

Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates. Read more »

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Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared

Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the... Read more »

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Islamic State fighters stage surprise attack on key Syrian border town

Islamic State fighters on Tuesday launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town recently seized by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, while Syrian government forces retook a district in a... Read more »

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'Glee'-type music contest crowns winners in New York City

A Californian and a New Yorker have won top honors at the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Read more »

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Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area

Archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation are calling on the U.S. Interior Department to protect the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas... Read more »

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Questions and answers about the expiring Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Read more »

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